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New Orleans downs Williams Baptist 87-70



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damion Rosser scored a season-high 19 points, Troy Green added 11 points with six assists, and New Orleans beat NAIA Williams Baptist 87-70 on Saturday.

Lamont Berzat scored 11 with four assists, Makur Puou had 10 points with nine rebounds, and Dionta Champion had a career-high 10 boards and three steals for the Privateers (2-5). New Orleans shot 54 percent from the field while holding the Eagles to 40.9 percent. Travin Thibodeaux blocked a career-high five shots.

Devante Carolina hit four straight 3-pointers but the Eagles trailed 58-38 early in the second half. Berzat hit consecutive 3s, Ezekiel Charles added another, and New Orleans led by 30 with 13:13 left. Williams Baptist scored eight straight while the Privateers went scoreless for four minutes and Dominique Dyes hit three straight 3s in the Eagles' final 16-2 run.

Champion's jumper put New Orleans up for good, 4-3, and the Privateers led 48-24 at halftime.

Carolina scored 19 for Williams Baptist, Dominique Dyes had 17 with five 3s and Colton Watson added 10 points.

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