January 15, 2022

UNO Wins Conference Opener over Nicholls

Derek St. Hilaire takes on
Nicholls' Ty Gordon
In Saturday's Southland Conference opener on the lakefront, the New Orleans Privateers made an early statement, besting conference favorite Nicholls 78-66.

Derek St. Hilaire got the Privateers (8-8, 1-0) off to a good start, notching 14 points in the first half on the way to a 37-32 lead at the break.  Though they got close, Nicholls never grabbed the lead in the second half in the face of a stifling UNO defense.

St. Hilaire ended up with 23 points overall, but Troy Green led the way with a fine effort with 26, draining many crucial free throws down the stretch.  The Colonels shot just 5-for-24 from downtown.

UNO stays home and will take on another Southland rival, Southeastern Louisiana, on Thursday.