KATY, Texas (AP) Damion Rosser scored 17 points with seven rebounds, Ezekiel Charles added 15 points with three 3-pointers and seven boards, and New Orleans beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 78-73 in Wednesday night's Southland Conference Tournament opener.
New Orleans faces No. 4 seed Sam Houston State in Thursday's quarterfinal.
Freshman Lamont Berzat scored all 11 of his points in the second half, including two free throws with 14.3 seconds to go, and added eight assists for the fifth-seeded Privateers (15-15). Scott Plaisance added 10 points.