Career high scoring night for Jackson helps Privateers escape Cardinals in OT, 85-79

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Simeon Kirkland and Tyson Jackson
(Photo: Erik Williams/Southland Conference)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tyson Jackson’s career-high night (22 pts) helped New Orleans men’s basketball program (6-9, SLC 3-1) escape the UIW Cardinals (6-11, SLC 0-4) with an overtime victory 85-79.

Jackson’s outing makes him the third Privateer this season to clear the 20-point threshold in a game. The senior out of Atlanta was a perfect 9-for-9 shooting from the field. OVerall, UNO shot 55% as a team.

Sealing their third straight win and tying for first in the Southland Conference, the Privateers had a 13-point lead to close out a first half that featured 12 lead changes and nine ties. With most of their looks coming from inside the paint, New Orleans only connected on three three-pointers in the first half but built a 43-30 lead.

In the next 20 minutes, the Cardinals outscored the Privateers, 41-28. UIW proved relentless cutting the game to a one-point lead with three minutes left in regulation. The Cardinals mananged 10 offensive rebounds and 21 total boards compared to 12 by the Privateers in the entire second half.

Tied at 71 with 16 seconds left in the game, UIW’s Trey Miller had the chance to win the game for the Cardinals on a made layup, but it dwiped out by an offensive foul against Jordan Johnson near the basket. Khaleb Wilson-Rouse tried to end it at the three-point line before the buzzer but came up short, sending the Privateers into their second overtime game with both coming in their first two road conference contests.

The Privateers made all four shots from the field and were 6-8 at the charity stripe to win in the extra period.

Jamond Vincent recorded his second straight double-double with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. He also shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Jordan Johnson chipped in 13 points, a team-high six assists and three rebounds. Wilson-Rouse also reached double-figures with 10 points, also notching 5 rebounds.

Every Privateer who took the floor (10) had scored against the Cardinals by the end of the opening half.

New Orleans travels to Corpus-Christi to knock off the Texas A&M-Corpus Christ Islanders Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. CT.

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