Privateers cruise to high-scoring Homecoming 106-69 win over SUNO

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NEW ORLEANS – It was a hot-shooting homecoming for Senior Jordan Johnson who led the Privateers (2-0) to their second win of the season over the SUNO Knights 106-69 at Lakefront Arena Saturday evening.

Johnson, who was named Player of the Game, was one of four Privateers in double-figures, as three out of five starters finished in double-digits. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, eight assists, three rebounds and four steals. Behind Johnson was freshman Jah Short who saw his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jamond Vincent added 13 points and five rebounds while James Glisson III finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Both teams were off to a quick start as they evenly exchanged buckets on both ends of the court. D’Ante Bell scored the first basket for New Orleans at the foul line and Johnson followed it up with a layup to put New Orleans up 3-2.

Vincent’s first of three dunks sent the Privateers on a 10-4 run, but the Knights answered with a pair of jumpers and a FT to knot the game at 18. New Orleans then went on a 37-15 run to balloon its lead to as many as 23 to take a 55-32 advantage to the half. Johnson finished the half with 17 points, while Mason Jones had seven points.
The Privateers maintained the lead in the second half outscoring SUNO 51-37.

New Orleans also utilized its bench liberally over the final 10 minutes of action, scoring 29 bench points. 13 Privateers played and all 13 scored. New Orleans improved to 53. 2 percent from the floor, holding the Knights to a 34.2 percent mark. The Privateers also forced 26 turnovers and scored 36 points off turnovers while also scoring 72 points in the paint

Johnson’s game-high 21 points came on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor, 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line.

The Privateers finished with 25 assists on 41 made field goals to close out the game 106-69.

The 20-point effort was Johnson’s tenth as a Privateer
New Orleans improved to 2-0 all-time against SUNO with the win
Three out of five New Orleans starters scored in double-figures
Short’s 14 points and 13 rebounds is career-high for the freshman in both categories

The Privateers head on a two-game road trip as they take on Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Oklahoma State on Nov. 20.

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For 54 seasons, Privateer student-athletes have had the unique experience of wearing New Orleans across their chests. Like the city itself, our sports teams have been fueled by resiliency, grit, and the unquenchable desire to win. Our city also houses the nation’s biggest celebration each year. And much like a Mardi Gras parade krewe, we are tethered to our community through pride, tradition, a culture of acceptance, and finally our commitment to show that New Orleans is a world-class city to live, learn, play and work. We invite you to become more involved with the only University that truly represents New Orleans all day, every day. Join #NOLAsTeam, We Are Your Krewe!

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