March 10, 2017

One Win Away: UNO Wins Semifinal

Gill had three triples in
Friday night's semifinal
The Privateers (19-11) finally beat Sam Houston State, and it came at a great time: in the conference tournament in Katy, Texas.

The 75-63 victory sends New Orleans into the championship game of the tournament, which will determine the Southland's participant in the NCAA Tournament.  It will be played Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.  Friday's victory was the first time UNO has beaten Sam Houston since it joined the conference in 2013.

Erik Thomas, the conference Player of the Year, struggled from the field, shooting 4-for-11, but also hit all 10 of his free throw attempts for an 18-point night.  Christavious Gill added 15, including three three-pointers.

New Orleans will meet Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in tomorrow's championship game. The Islanders defeated Stephen F. Austin 77-69 in the other semifinal matchup.