January 15, 2017

You Make The Call

Here's the video of Nate Frye's offensive rebound and tie-up with 1.6 seconds left at the end of Thursday night's loss to Sam Houston.  Foul or legit jump ball?


January 12, 2017

Bearkats Burst Our Bubble

Thomas' potential game-tying
free throw missed with 3.4 left
Entering Thursday's game at Lakefront Arena with its best conference start since 1992-93, the Privateers (9-7, 4-1) were brought down to earth by Sam Houston State, a team it hasn't beaten since entering the Southland Conference four seasons ago.  Though UNO rallied furiously late, they ultimately fell short by a 70-68 count.

New Orleans trailed by 12 at the break and spent most of the second half trading baskets with the preseason league favorite Bearkats.  The Bucs began slowly chipping away down the stretch, finally tying the score on a Travin Thibodaux three-point play with just over a minute left.

But the Bearkats quickly went back in front and then, with 3.4 seconds left, Erik Thomas, who shot 11-for-12 from the foul line and led New Orleans with 25 points, missed a potential game-tying free throw.  Nate Frye got the offensive rebound but was tied up, and the Bearkats had the possession arrow.

UNO gets a week off before returning to its home court next Thursday against Houston Baptist.

January 07, 2017

4-0: Privateers Win Again at UIW

Senior F Erik Thomas
New Orleans (9-6, 4-0) kept their hold on first place in the young Southland Conference season, winning another road game at Incarnate Word, 87-72.

Erik Thomas, after being held well below his average at Lamar on Thursday, returned to form with a 28-point outing, leading a robust Privateer offense that featured five in double figures.  Tevin Broyles and Christavious Gill had 14, Travin Thibodeaux 13, and Makur Puou 12. Thibodeaux led the rebounding effort with 10, notching a double-double.

UNO led 44-38 at the break and maintained a small but steady lead throughout most of the second half before closing strong and surging into a double-digit lead. They shot 56% from the field and 86% from the foul line while committing just nine turnovers.

New Orleans will put its undefeated conference mark to the test in its next game on Thursday, taking on Sam Houston State at Lakefront Arena. UNO has not beaten Sam Houston since it entered the Southland Conference in 2013-14.

January 05, 2017

Privateers Gut Out A Win in Beaumont

Travin Thibodeaux
For the second straight game, the Privateers (8-6, 3-0) found a way to win in overtime, this time 66-62 at Lamar.  It is their fourth consecutive win overall.

Both Erik Thomas and Christavious Gill were held under their averages (11 and 10 points respectively) but Travin Thibodeaux led the way with 14 points and 5 assists. New Orleans led most of the way but fell behind 57-55 with under a minute left.  Then Gill, who shot just 3-for-17, nailed a critical three to put UNO up. Former Privateer Colton Weisbrod tied it with a free throw for Lamar, sending the game to overtime.

Weisbrod, who was a force in the second half for the Cardinals, fouled out at the beginning of overtime on a charge call.

For his part, though UNO's Thomas was blanketed most of the night, he did manage to grab 10 rebounds for a double-double.

New Orleans travels to Incarnate Word on Saturday to complete this week's road swing.

December 31, 2016

UNO Wins OT Heart-Stopper, Starts 2-0

Senior G Nate Frye
Looking to make a statement early in the Southland Conference season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Privateers (7-6, 2-0) did so in nerve-wracking fashion, securing a 73-72 overtime victory at Lakefront Arena.

Nate Frye, who notched a career-high 27 points to go along with 9 rebounds, led the way for New Orleans. His driving layup put UNO ahead 61-59 with four seconds left in regulation, but TAMU-CC's Ehad Amin went coast-to-coast for an uncontested driving layup of his own to tie the game at the buzzer and send the game to overtime.

Amin, who led TAMU-CC with 25 points, led an Islanders comeback from a nine-point halftime deficit, but his running one-hander, which would have won the game in overtime, missed at the buzzer.  Preseason Southland first teamer Rashawn Thomas, a longtime UNO tormenter, added 23, 19 of which came after halftime.

New Orleans also got 17 points apiece from seniors Erik Thomas and Christavious Gill.

New Orleans travels to Lamar on Thursday for its first conference road game of the year.