Privateers dominate Central Arkansas, 88-63
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.
INSIDE THE BOX
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.
RING THE BELL
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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