Privateers dominate Central Arkansas, 88-63

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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Privateers (5-13, 4-6) used a tremendous start in the paint to fuel an 88-63 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears (3-17, 2-10) on Monday evening at the Lakefront Arena.

The Privateers shot 58.3 percent from the field and had a season-high 21 assists on 35 made field goals. Meanwhile, New Orleans held the visiting Bears to 31.5 percent shooting. It was the second-lowest field goal percentage by an opponent against the Privateers this season.

Three Privateers landed in double figures, led by Derek St. Hilaire’s 18. St. Hilaire also dished out a team-best five assists.

Troy Green finished with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five rebounds. Damion Rosser finished just shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine boards. New Orleans’ bench outscored the Bears bench 48-12.

Ahren Freeman finished with nine points. Rodney Carson Jr. added eight and LaDarius Marshall finished with six.

In a shot chart emulating Zion Williamson, the Privateers dominated the paint to set the tone. 32 of their 44 first-half points were in the paint and they scored six more at the free-throw line. The Privateers finished with 52 points in the paint for the game.

D’Ante Bell made his season debut for the Privateers and made an instant impact with a blocked shot on the first Central Arkansas possession. Bell made two shots in three attempts over his seven minutes of play.

– The win ties head coach Mark Slessinger with Tim Floyd for the second-most wins in program history. Slessinger now has 126 victories. Monday marked his seventh career win against the Bears.
– Abiram Frye made his Privateer debut as he entered with 1:32 left in the game.
– Central Arkansas was just 4-of-21 from three-point range. In their two games against New Orleans, the Bears were limited to 8-of-35 from beyond the arc.
– New Orleans led for nearly 32 minutes of the game and never trailed in the second half. The last lead the Bears held was 13-12 at the 11:38 mark of the first half.

The Privateers will hit the road to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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