January 22, 2022

Privateers 3-0 After Besting NWST

(Courtesy: UNO
The Privateers completed a sweep of their three-game Southland season opening homestand, knocking off Northwestern State 85-77.

New Orleans opened up a huge early lead, stretching it to as many as 18 before heading to the locker room up 44-31.  But they came back out sluggish, and the Demons chipped away at the lead until they crept to within 53-51.  At that point, though, UNO (10-8, 3-0) went on a 6-0 run to reestablish themselves, and despite a continued NWST push, they could not quite catch up and fell in the end.

Derek St. Hilaire had another tremendous performance, piling on 29 points, and his backcourt mate Troy Green added 16.  Green also continued his early season torrid rebounding pace with another 9 to lead the squad.  Tyson Jackson and Simeon Kirkland had 11 each in the post for UNO, with Jackson adding 8 rebounds of his own.

Now the Privateers must hit the road for four in a row, starting with Thursday night at Houston Baptist.