Thomas, Gill keep New Orleans in first place (Feb 11, 2017)

February 11, 2017

HAMMOND, La. (AP) Erik Thomas scored 20 points and snatched 12 rebounds and New Orleans defeated Southeastern Louisiana 60-52 on Saturday night to stay alone atop the Southland Conference standings.

Thomas averages 19.9 points a game for New Orleans and he was right on target against the Lions (13-13, 6-7), making 7 of 12 shots. Christavious Gill added 16 points and sparked a pair of second-half runs. Tevin Broyles scored 10 points for the Privateers (15-9, 10-4), who won their third straight.

Marlain Veal scored 14 points and Dominic Nelson had 14 rebounds for the Lions, who have lost three in a row.

Gill had five points in an 11-0 run that gave the Privateers the lead for good with under five minutes left. The Lions were within two, 49-47, with 1 1/2 minutes remaining but Gill hit a baseline 3-pointer to begin an 11-5 game-ending run.

Southeastern Louisiana committed 23 turnovers and New Orleans 16.