Justin Hopkins had a career-high 20 points as Texas Southern beat New Orleans 95-89 in overtime in the first round of the CIT on Wednesday night.
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Jaren Lewis had 20 points and six rebounds, Jaylen Franklin added 16 points and six assists and Abilene Christian beat New Orleans 77-60 on Saturday night in the Southland Conference championship game for its first NCAA Tournament berth.
Jorge Rosa had 18 points as New Orleans narrowly beat Sam Houston State 79-76 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tourney on Friday.
Scott Plaisance Jr. posted 16 points and seven rebounds as New Orleans narrowly beat Lamar 76-72 in the Southland Conference Tourney quarterfinals on Thursday.
Moses Greenwood had a career-high 33 points as Southeastern Louisiana defeated New Orleans 81-67 on Wednesday night.
Scott Plaisance Jr. had 19 points as New Orleans got past Nicholls 80-70 on Saturday.
Cameron Delaney had 21 points as Sam Houston State topped New Orleans 71-60 on Wednesday night.
Jahmel Myers came off the bench to tally 13 points to lift New Orleans to a 60-51 win over McNeese State on Saturday.
Bryson Robinson had 23 points as New Orleans easily defeated Southeastern Louisiana 89-68 on Wednesday night.
Gerrale Gates had 14 points and three blocks as New Orleans beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68-58 on Saturday.
Danny Garrick's 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left lifted Nicholls State to a 64-63 victory over New Orleans on Saturday.
Ezekiel Charles scored 10 of his career-high 31 points in overtime and New Orleans outscored Northwestern State 12-4 in the extra period for an 81-73 victory on Wednesday night.
Gerrale Gates and Ezekiel Charles combined to score 35 points and lead New Orleans to its third straight Southland Conference victory, beating Incarnate Word 89-72 on Saturday.
Ezekiel Charles and Bryson Robinson scored 17 points apiece and New Orleans defeated Northwestern State 72-64 on Wednesday night.
Bryson Robinson buried five 3-pointers and scored 18 points and New Orleans held Incarnate Word scoreless over the final 4:07 of the game in a 61-52 victory on Saturday.
Hayden Koval matched his career high scoring 22 points on four 3-pointers and Central Arkansas held on to edge New Orleans 76-71 on Wednesday night.
Kareem South scored 17 points with three 3-pointers, Tre Gray added 15 with three 3s, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pulled away in the second half to beat New Orleans 76-61 on Saturday night, ending the Privateers' four-game win streak.
Troy Green scored 15 points off the bench with four assists and four steals and New Orleans clawed out of a 13-point hole and hung on at the end to defeat Stephen F. Austin 68-61 Wednesday night, pushing its win streak to four games.
Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com
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New Orleans forward Travin Thibodeaux has issued a lengthy apology for a scuffle with a teammate that resulted in his benching late in an NCAA tournament First Four loss Tuesday.
New Orleans' Travin Thibodeaux and Christavious Gill got into an altercation during the team's First Four loss to Mount St. Mary's that resulted in Thibodeaux being benched in the second half.
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
Mount St. Mary's beats New Orleans 67-66 in the first game of the NCAA tournament (a No. 16 seed play-in game in Dayton, Ohio) to earn the right to face East No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday. The ViewFromVegas is the Mountaineers did it as 1-point underdogs and the game went over the betting total of 131.5. We'll have a file with the betting results (like this) of every NCAA tournament game at ESPN.com/chalk starting Thursday and keep track of how favorites/underdogs and over/unders are faring all the way through the championship game.
Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer
Even without its best effort, Mount St. Mary's had just enough to edge New Orleans and advance from the First Four at UD Arena in a thriller that came down to the final possession. Leading scorer Elijah Long didn't get on the scoreboard for more than 30 minutes for the Mountaineers and finished with just 6 points, and he'll obviously have to be much better with Villanova looming on Thursday night in Buffalo.
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