March 11, 2017

Privateers Win SLC Tourney, NCAA Bid

Christavious Gill was 1 year old when Tyrone Garris' teardrop fell at Barton Coliseum to send UNO to the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

After 21 years, six coaches, three NCAA divisions, and countless maliciously incompetent administrators that seemed intent on blocking their path, Gill assisted a second half resurgence that put the 2017 Privateers back in the dance for the first time since that amazing night in Little Rock.  New Orleans defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in overtime, 68-65.

Down 32-23 with seconds left, Nate Frye raced upcourt and swished a three that beat the halftime buzzer for UNO's first trey of the night after a miserable shooting first half.  The Privateers continued to chip away in the second half, taking a 44-42 lead on a steal and layup by Gill.  The grind-it-out battle continued the rest of the night, with TAMU-CC's Cole Martinez missing a three that would have won the game near the buzzer of regulation.

Tevin Broyles, also a huge factor in that second half run, led UNO with 15 points.  Erik Thomas had 14, and Gill had 10, all after halftime.

UNO gets their NCAA Tournament assignment tomorrow afternoon.  A bid party will be held on campus at The Cove beginning at 4 p.m.