Zeno leads New Orleans to 69-63 win over McNeese State

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) Michael Zeno had 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals as New Orleans pulled away in the final minutes to beat McNeese State 69-63 on Thursday night.

The victory keeps New Orleans (14-9, 9-3) atop the Southland Conference standings. The Privateers moved into a tie with Sam Houston State after SHSU lost to Abilene Christian on Saturday. The Bearkats battled Lamar on Thursday night.

Zeno hit 6 of 9 field goal attempts. Erik Thomas and Jorge Rosa added 14 points apiece for the Privateers.

McNeese State led 33-29 at the break. Rosa, who made four treys in the game, nailed two straight, Zeno followed with a dunk, Rosa had a layup and added another from distance for a 49-41 lead with 11:16 remaining. The Cowboys failed to close the gap.

Jamaya Burr had 13 points to lead McNeese State (7-16, 4-8). Lance Potier added 11 with 10 rebounds.