UNO Men Win, but Women Fall in OT, at Homecoming

Carey Wicker, Sugar Bowl President (middle), with UNO Athletics Director Derek Morel (left) and head men’s basketball coach Mark Slessinger.

NEW ORLEANS (January 30, 2016) – The University of New Orleans Home on the Lakefront Homecoming celebration, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, was highlighted by a victory for the Privateer men’s basketball team over McNeese State on Saturday at Lakefront Arena. The UNO women’s team was upended in overtime by McNeese.

Erik Thomas led three Privateers in double figures with 16 points in the UNO men’s victory. Junior Christavious Gill scored and senior Kevin Hill each added 15 points.

A runner by Tevin Broyles staked UNO to a two-point lead heading into the locker room and sparked a 6-0 run that spanned both halves as the Privateers led 33-27 just under two minutes into the final stanza. McNeese answered with a 15-4 run over the next 6:07 to take a 42-37 advantage at the 12:10 mark before New Orleans got a 3-point play from Hill, a trey by freshman guard Cameron Reed and a Hill jumper to go up 45-42.

The two teams traded blows over the next two minutes and Frye would put UNO for good at 49-48 with a pair of free throws.  A Thomas dunk and a Gill 3-pointer made it a six-point contest at 54-48 with 7:02 to play and McNeese State would not get within a half dozen the rest of the game.

In the women’s match with the Cowgirls, UNO star Randi Brown exploded for a career-high 39 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Privateers fell short, 77-74, in overtime.

Down the stretch, the game was tied on three different occasions in the last four minutes. McNeese took advantage of a turnover and Jalyn Johnson hit a three just under the one-minute mark to put the Cowgirls up 72-69. Brown came right back with a three-point play of her own to tie the game back up at 72-72. The last 54 seconds drained off without a point on either side, which sent the game into overtime.

The Privateers were trailing by one with 22 seconds to go in overtime when Brown made a runner in the lane, but the basket was waved off due to a traveling call. McNeese got the ball back and Johnson was fouled with 3.3 seconds remaining. Johnson made both free throws, which gave the Privateers one last shot to tie it but a three-pointer from just inside of half court missed as time expired.