Haynes, Charles pace Privateers in 95-66 victory over Spring Hill

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Zeke Charles

NEW ORLEANS – Amari Haynes came off the bench with 17 points and two steals, Ezekiel Charles matched with 17 points and added two blocks and Gerrale Gates finished his debut with 11 points and seven rebounds in the University of New Orleans’ (1-0) 95-66 victory over Spring Hill College (0-1) Tuesday evening at Lakefront Arena.

Haynes was 6-of-10 from the field and added six rebounds, while Charles went 6-of-9 was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Bryson Robinson came off the bench with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The unselfish New Orleans squad collected 22 assists on 32 field goals.

“I was excited about our first half,” said head coach Mark Slessinger. “We played at a high level defensively and were prepared. With four games in nine days, we were able to get a lot of guys in and it was a positive night for us.”

Seconds into the season opener, Scott Plaisance’s layup off the Lamont Berzat dish put the Blue and Silver in front. The Privateers did not look back, taking a 6-0 lead following Charles’ triple following the Gates steal.

An 18-0 run to the 5:26 marker puts New Orleans ahead comfortably as the three-point barrage of Charles and Robinson continued, while the defense continued to swarm the Badgers. The second unit dominated in the first half and the Privateers went into the break leading 50-22.

Robinson led all scorers with 11 off the bench on 4-of-5 shooting. The junior connected on three of four triples and added three boards and two assists. Charles scored 11 points and Haynes made quite the impression in his collegiate debut, posting nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in the first half.

The bench outscored the SHC second unit 27-10 and UNO scored 21 points off Spring Hill’s 17 miscues.

Charles began the second half with a rousing put back dunk and moments later, swatted away a Jared Holland layup that led to another dunk to extend the New Orleans lead to 56-24.

A 9-0 run capped off by Plaisance’s layup off the Troy Green assist made it a 40-point game with 16:20 remaining.

Halfway through the stanza, the Privateer faithful witnessed the first of many dunks from Marz as Haynes brought the Lakefront Arena crowd to their feet, slamming down a fast break bucket.

On the other end, Charles provided an interior presence with another block that led to a transition bucket for New Orleans.

Larry Robinson III’s and-one with 4:11 to go off Jorge Rosa’s assist made it 87-55.

Fourteen players received action in the second half as the Privateers improved to 1-0 with the 85-66 victory over the Spring Hill College Badgers.

The series is now 9-0 New Orleans.

The bench finished with 50 of the 95 points and the Privateers scored 36 points off SHC’s 29 turnovers.

The Privateers head to Northwestern to face the Wildcats on the Big Ten Network Thursday at 7 p.m.

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