HOUSTON -- Christavious Gill scored 18 points Thursday night and New Orleans beat Houston Baptist 79-66 by outshooting them from the free-throw line.
Gill's trey put New Orleans (6-9, 3-4 Southland) up 17-13 and the Privateers ripped a 13-2 run to lead 32-19, but Houston Baptist (4-15, 1-6) had a 15-1 run and led 36-35 at halftime.
Mack's back-to-back jumpers in the second half made it 49-45 and Tradarrius McPhearson's jumper at 10:51 gave the Privateers a nine-point edge. The Huskies made it a two-point game with a 7-0 run, but Dixon's dunk and a 15-0 run gave New Orleans a commanding 72-59 lead.
Caleb Crayton led Houston Baptist with 14.
New Orleans was outshot 51 percent to 47.4 percent, but made 20 of 25 free throws to Houston Baptist's 9 of 17.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|