KATY, Texas (AP) — Damion Rosser scored 17 points with seven rebounds, Ezekiel Charles added 15 points with three 3-pointers and seven boards, and New Orleans beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 78-73 in Wednesday night's Southland Conference Tournament opener.
New Orleans faces No. 4 seed Sam Houston State in Thursday's quarterfinal.
New Orleans dominates in 2nd half, beats McNeese 90-74
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Makur Puou and Travin Thibodeaux combined for 41 points as New Orleans dominated the second half to roll to a 90-74 win over McNeese in Southland Conference play on Saturday.
New Orleans (14-12, 11-4), which won the conference last year, remains 1.5 games behind league-leading Nicholls. The victory gave the Privateers 800 wins in program history.
SE Louisiana uses big first half, beats New Orleans 71-64
HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Jordan Capps scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half as Southeastern Louisiana built a 23-point halftime advantage and cruised to a 71-64 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.
Southeastern Louisiana (17-10, 11-3 Southland Conference) has won five of its last six games, and has 17 wins for the first time since the 2009-10 season. New Orleans (13-12, 10-4) has lost two of its last three since having its four-game win streak snapped.
New Orleans rallies to beat Incarnate Word 74-70
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux scored 21 points as New Orleans rallied late in the second half for a 74-70 win on Saturday night to keep Incarnate Word winless in Southland Conference play.
Incarnate Word never trailed in the first half, taking a 38-34 lead into the break. Ezekiel Charles had a layup and Thibodeaux slammed home a dunk to give New Orleans its first lead, 50-48 with 12:26 remaining.
Thibodeaux scores 20 in New Orleans 61-55 triumph
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux scored 20 points and New Orleans survived poor shooting for a 61-55 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.
Lamont Berzat added 15 points and Michael Zeno 11 for New Orleans (8-9, 5-1 Southland), which shot only 33 percent and made just 62 percent of its free throws (21 of 34). Berzat did make all three of his 3-point tries and the Privateers came through from the arc, making 6 of 11.
New Orleans downs Williams Baptist 87-70
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damion Rosser scored a season-high 19 points, Troy Green added 11 points with six assists, and New Orleans beat NAIA Williams Baptist 87-70 on Saturday.
Lamont Berzat scored 11 with four assists, Makur Puou had 10 points with nine rebounds, and Dionta Champion had a career-high 10 boards and three steals for the Privateers (2-5). New Orleans shot 54 percent from the field while holding the Eagles to 40.9 percent. Travin Thibodeaux blocked a career-high five shots.