UNO uses 11-0 run to down HBU in overtime
NEW ORLEANS – Down four in overtime, the Privateers went on an 11-0 run to upend Houston Baptist University (5-8, 1-1 Southland) 81-76 Saturday afternoon at Lakefront Arena. Despite the limited opportunities at the line, UNO was perfect down the stretch, connecting on all six from the charity stripe in the final minute of the contest.
Ezekiel Charles finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double and four other Privateers reached double figures. Bryson Robinson finished with 14 points, six assists and four rebounds, Gerrale Gates added 10 points, five rebounds, five blocks and two steals, Damion Rosser was 5-of-8 for 10 points and Amari Haynes came off the bench with 10 points and two steals.
The defense looked dominant in the first half, leading by as much as 17 and limiting HBU to 24.3 percent shooting in the stanza. The Huskies made the most of their chances from the line in the second, going 12-of-13 and overall, 18-of-20 from the free throw line, but UNO went 8-of-9 in OT to offset the Huskies rally.
The Privateers attempted just five free throws in regulation and their lone attempt of the second half came with just under two minutes remaining.
It was the second overtime for the Privateers this season.
Defense was the story in the first half with UNO dominating on both facets. The Privateers shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the first half and limited the Huskies to 24.3 percent, while forcing 14 turnovers and took a 36-21 lead into the locker room.
Defense shined early with the Privateers forcing four Huskies turnovers and picked up two blocks and three steals before the under-16 media. Out of the timeout, Charles drew a charge for HBU’s fifth turnover before the 14:00 mark.
The Privateers shot 10-of-19 at the halfway point of the first en route to a 21-12 lead. HBU was 6-of-21 with nine turnovers with 7:55 remaining.
A stat you won’t be on the NCAA box? Robinson caused two five-seconds turnovers on inbounds.
Gates swatted three of UNO’s six shots and Haynes led all players with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting off the bench.
The UNO bench scored 14 points. In limited attempts at the line, the Privateers were perfect – 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
HBU began the half 6-of-7 from the line to cut the UNO lead to 10 with 11:30 to go. The Huskies could not take full advantage of their second chance opportunities with 21 offensive rebounds leading to just 12 points at this point.
With five minutes remaining, Jahmel Myers ended an HBU run with an emphatic fast break dunk to extend the UNO lead to eight. Moments later, Ian DuBose drained a pair from the line to make it a one-possession game.
The Huskies took their first lead of the game with 2:55 to go on Oliver Lynch-Daniels’ triple.
Troy Green was fouled with 1:54 remaining and went to the line looking to tie the game on the one-and-one but HBU corralled the rebound. It was the first free throw attempt of the second half for UNO.
Charles ended the brief Huskies lead with his third triple of the game with 1:19 left to play following Gates’ steal.
Philip McKenzie knotted the game at 60-all with free throws at the 1:03 marker. The freshman Gerrale Gates swatted away his fifth shot of the game with 33 ticks to give UNO an opportunity to regain the lead. The DuBose shot rimmed out to end regulation tied at 60-all.
The Huskies took a four-point lead before a Rosser layup and a Robinson corner triple put UNO ahead. Gates drew a foul on the rebound and drained his pair from the line to extend the lead. The Privateers went 6-of-6 in the final minute from the line to defeat the Huskies in the lone regular season meeting 81-76.
New Orleans heads to Beaumont to take on Lamar University Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
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