NEW ORLEANS — I’ll be the first to admit that I underestimated the New Orleans Privateers heading into Wednesday night’s match-up with the Lamar Cardinals.
All the Privateers did on Wednesday night was open the game on a 13-2 run and never trail over the course of the entire game. New Orleans never let Lamar get settled into a rhythm, forcing them to play catch-up all night long.
New Orleans had four different players score in double-figures, led by Makur Puou, who had a team-high 14 points. The Privateers held the Cardinals to just 16 points in the first half, and wouldn’t let Lamar get closer than four points in the second frame.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Wednesday night pits two teams who are 2-0 in Southland Conference play against one another in an early match-up for first place in the conference.
Five teams in total have 2-0 records in conference play, with two of them having records that are below .500 overall for the season. One of those two teams, the New Orleans Privateers, will look to move to 3-0 when they host the Lamar Cardinals in the Big Easy on Wednesday night.
Lamar was projected to be a top contender in the conference in various preseason polls, and they’ve lived up to the billing early on this season. At 10-5 overall, they have the second-best record of any team in the Southland Conference.
As for the Privateers, they were expected to take a step back this season. Instead, they’ve knocked off a pair of talented teams to open conference play on a two game winning streak. Wednesday night will be a big test for both teams, as they look to extend their winning streaks to three games and score their first win of the 2018 calendar year.