New Orleans 74, Southern, NO 65

Published Nov. 20, 2009 4:53 a.m. ET

Billy Humphrey, a transfer from Georgia, scored 26 points to lead New Orleans to a 74-65 win over Southern-New Orleans on Thursday night. The Privateers (1-1) led 44-30 at halftime, but the Knights cut the lead to 56-51 with 8:44 to play in the game. The Privateers responded with a 14-6 run to put the game out of reach at 70-57 with 3:09 remaining. Ejike Hart added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Privateers. Ricardo Porter led the Knights with 17 points. Lionel Green added 14 points and Abron Hunt had 11. New Orleans bolted to its first-half lead on the strength of 78.9 percent shooting from the field (15-for-19). The Privateers cooled off slightly in the second half, but shot 63.6 percent for the game (21-for-33).