Privateers squeeze out Homecoming victory over St. Francis (Ill.), 65-63
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans men’s basketball program narrowly beat the St. Francis Fighting Saints 65-63 Saturday afternoon to conclude Homecoming week.
The Privateers forced 33 turnovers and juniors Khaleb Wilson-Rouse and Jordan Johnson, both with 14 points, hit big three pointers down the stretch to keep the momentum.
FINAL SCORE: New Orleans – 65, St. Francis (Ill.) – 63
LOCATION: Lakefront Arena
RECORDS: New Orleans 1-1 (0-0 Southland), St. Francis (Ill.) 1-1 (1-0 CCAC)
COACH’S CORNER: MARK SLESSINGER
This game did not meet the standard for what we need to do. We have a lot of work to do. We have a big week this week in preparation to go up to Baton Rouge and play the Tigers. It’s going to be a huge week for growth and development. We have to get better at everything.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Johnson and Wilson Rouse led the way for the Privateers with 14 points apiece. In 34 minutes, Johnson also added two rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Wilson-Rouse had four assists, two rebounds, and one steal.
• Omarion Henry, Tyson Jackson, and D’ante Bell chipped in six points. Henry pulled down four rebounds, and Bell pulled down two.
• Sophomore Spencer Simes scored five in addition to three rebounds for the Privateers in his debut in the blue and silver.
• Both Jamond Vincent and K’mani Doughty contributed four points. Doughty led the team in rebounds and matched his career high with six.
• Daniel Sackey, Simeon Kirkland, and Darrius Washington chipped in two points apiece.
• 11 Privateers scored a basket in this one.
The Privateers will head up the road to Baton Rouge to take on SEC Power LSU Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network + and can be heard locally on NASH ICON 106.1 FM. The Voice of the Privateers, Jude Young, will be joined on color by Tic Price.
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