KATY, Texas (AP) — Josh Delaney made a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 25 points to lead Sam Houston State to an 85-63 victory over New Orleans on Thursday night in the second round of the Southland Conference Tournament.
No. 4 seed Sam Houston State (19-13) will play top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana (21-10) in a Friday semifinal game. The Bearkats beat Southeastern Louisiana at home 75-65 on Jan. 24 in their only regular-season matchup.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Joshua Filmore scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Southeastern Louisiana held off New Orleans 68-64 Wednesday night to set up a Saturday showdown with Southland Conference leader Nicholls.
The Lions (20-10, 14-3) can claim the regular season title against the Colonels (15-2), which beat Northwestern State 73-70 on Wednesday. Southeastern Louisiana — winners of seven straight — beat Nicholls, 67-63, in Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Jan. 27.
Powell leads way on both ends as Nicholls tops New Orleans
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Jahvaughn Powell scored 22 points and Tevon Saddler scored 19 to lead Nicholls past New Orleans 78-64 on Saturday night for its seventh consecutive win.
The Colonels (20-9, 14-2 Southland) have won 12 of their last 13 and are having their best run in the Southland since 1998.
Sam Houston State holds off New Orleans 57-54
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — John Dewey III scored 16 points and Josh Boutte had 12 as Sam Houston State held off New Orleans for a 57-54 victory on Wednesday night.
Sam Houston State (18-11, 12-4 Southland Conference) is now in fourth place in the conference standings behind Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana, both 12-3, and Nicholls (13-2). New Orleans (14-13, 11-5) drops to fifth.
Makur Puou had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Orleans, which has lost three of its last five games.
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.
New Orleans wins 4th straight, beats Northwestern St. 82-64
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux scored 21 points to lead four in double-figure scoring as New Orleans beat Northwestern State 82-64 on Wednesday night.
New Orleans (12-10, 9-2 Southland Conference) has won four straight and five of its last six games. Northwestern State (3-18, 0-10) has lost 13 in a row.
Thibodeaux shot 8 of 15 from the floor. Troy Green added 12 points for the Privateers. Makur Puou had 11 points and Ezekiel Charles 10.
Puou jumper spurs New Orleans over Incarnate Word 68-58
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Makur Puou scored 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting and helped spark a late run and New Orleans pulled away from Incarnate Word in the final minutes for a 68-58 win on Saturday, remaining poised to claim a share of the lead in the Southland Conference.
New Orleans (11-10, 8-2) entered Saturday a half-game behind Nicholls State (13-8, 7-1) which was playing third place Southeast Louisiana later Saturday.
New Orleans goes to 3-0 in Southland, beats Lamar 72-62
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Makur Puou scored 14 points and led four players into double-figure scoring as New Orleans won its third straight to start the Southland Conference season, turning back Lamar 72-62 on Wednesday night.
The Privateers held Lamar to just 16 first-half points and held a 13-point advantage at intermission.
Joey Frenchwood knocked down a jumper in the first minute that got Lamar within one, but New Orleans (6-8, 3-0) ran off 10 straight before Frenchwood could hit a second jumper.
New Orleans scrambles to beat Houston Baptist 64-57
HOUSTON (AP) — Bryson Robinson scored five of his seven points in the final minutes to give New Orleans enough of an advantage to hold off Houston Baptist 64-57 on Saturday night.
New Orleans rallies to beat Abilene Christian 77-74
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux made two free throws and Makur Puou slammed home a dunk in the final seconds as New Orleans came back to beat Abilene Christian 77-74 in the Southland Conference opener on Thursday night.
Abilene Christian's Tevin Foster nailed a 3-point jumper and followed with two free throws to give the Wildcats a 74-73 lead with 26 seconds remaining. Thibodeaux, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, sank two free throws for a 75-74 lead.
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.
New Orleans beats Division III Spring Hill 74-67
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux scored 13 points and had five assists to lead New Orleans to a 74-67 victory over Division III Spring Hill on Friday.
Thibodeaux made just 3 of 10 field goals but was 7-of-9 shooting from the line. Michael Zeno added 12 points for New Orleans (1-3). Makur Puou chipped in 11 points.
Brandon Fischer scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead Spring Hill. Dwight Harris had 13 points and Andrew Dotson finished with 12.
Rivers’ 18 points leads Memphis past New Orleans, 63-52
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jimario Rivers posted 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists as Memphis doubled New Orleans' first-half output and cruised to a 63-52 victory Tuesday night.
Rivers got the Tigers off to a fast start with a dunk 24 seconds into the game and tallied six points in the first five minutes as Memphis built a 32-16 advantage at intermission.
Nunn, Walker combine for 51, Oakland beats New Orleans 87-68
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Martez Walker had 27 points and Kendrick Nunn added 24 as Oakland had the hot hand early and kept the lead throughout to take an 87-68 win over New Orleans on Monday night.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-0) shot 90 percent from the floor to start the game and jumped out to a 31-10 lead at the 10:10 mark of the first half. They were up 46-26 by halftime. The Privateers could never close the gap.
SE Louisiana beats New Orleans, wins tourney berth
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Marlain Veal scored 23 points with three 3-pointers and a career-high six steals, and Southeastern Louisiana rallied late to beat New Orleans 63-58 on Thursday night to clinch a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament.
Davon Hayes scored 10 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and had three steals for the Lions (16-15, 9-9 Southland), who have their first winning season since 2010-11. The win denied New Orleans a full share of the regular season title.
Thibodeaux, Thomas help New Orleans beat Lamar 66-62 in OT
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Travin Thibodeaux had 14 points and five assists, Erik Thomas had his fifth double-double of the season and New Orleans beat Lamar 66-62 in overtime on Thursday night.
Thomas scored four of his 11 points in overtime and finished with 10 rebounds. Christavious Gill and Makur Puou added 10 points apiece.
Thomas’ 31 points leads New Orleans past LaGrange, 103-67
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Erik Thomas scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench to lead New Orleans to a 103-67 rout of Division III LaGrange College in the season opener Friday night.
Elijah Adedoyin, who finished with 15 points, drilled a 3-pointer to jump-start the Panthers, who held the lead for the first five minutes of the game and grabbed a 23-22 lead midway through the first half.