Denver 53, New Orleans 45

Chase Hallam scored 19 points, and Nate Rohnert had 17 points

and 13 rebounds to lead Denver to a 53-45 victory over New Orleans

on Saturday night.

The Pioneers (16-11, 9-7 Sun Belt Conference) shot just 31.8

percent (7-for-22) in the first half but that was enough to gain a

20-10 halftime lead. The Privateers (8-19, 3-13) made just 2 of 17

shots (11.8 percent) in the half and didn’t get their second field

goal until 4:24 remained.

Both teams shot better in the second half and New Orleans was

able to cut its deficit to one point three times, the last at 41-40

with 2:29 to play.

Denver held New Orleans off at the free throw line, with Rohnert

going 6-for-6 over the final 2:01 and Hallam making two free throws

and a jumper.

Carl Blair scored 17 points for New Orleans, making 6 of 8

shots. The rest of the Privateers finished 7-for-33 (21.2

percent).