NEW ORLEANS -- Traddarius McPhearson scored 19 points and New Orleans edged Abilene Christian 87-81 on Thursday night.
New Orleans (4-7, 1-2 Southland Conference) held on late after Harrison Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to cut the Privateers' lead to 83-81. With New Orleans up 85-81, McPhearson grabbed an offensive rebound after a missed free throw, and then made two free throws himself to help preserve the win.
Abilene Christian was playing its first Southland Conference game since the 1972-73 season, while New Orleans hosted its first conference game in more than four years.
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|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|