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Sthl Ranking
 1. New Orleans 13-5(18-11) 
 2. Texas A&M-CC 12-6(19-10) 
 3. Houston Baptist 12-6(17-12) 
 4. SF Austin 12-6(17-13) 
 5. Sam Houston St. 10-8(18-13) 
 6. Lamar 10-8(18-13) 
 7. SE Louisiana 9-9(16-15) 
 8. Nicholls St. 7-11(14-17) 
 9. Northwestern St. 7-11(13-16) 
 10. Abil.Christian 7-11(13-16) 
 11. Incarnate Word 7-11(12-17) 
 12. Cent.Arkansas 7-11(8-23) 
 13. McNeese St. 4-14(7-22) 

Sthl Women 2016-2017
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Erik Thomas named Player of the Year (Photo:

Points Per Game
 Rashawn THOMAS
  Texas A.
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Thomas, Texas A.21.3 
 2. Howard, Cent.Ark.19.5 
 3. Thomas, New O.19.3 
 4. Woodley, Northwes.19.2 
 5. Harris, Nicholls St.18.1 
 6. Amin, Texas A.16.6 
 7. Socks, Incarnat.16.0 
 8. Weisbrod, Lamar15.3 
 9. Hart, Incarnat.15.1 
 10. Johnson, Incarnat.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashawn THOMAS
  Texas A.
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Thomas, Texas A.8.8 
 2. Weisbrod, Lamar8.3 
 3. Chukwujekwu, Houston .8.1 
 4. Ugochukwu, McNeese .7.9 
 5. Thomas, New O.7.8 
 6. Thibodeaux, New O.7.5 
 7. Ibarra, Houston .7.4 
 8. Brooks, Cent.Ark.7.2 
 9. Holyfield, SF Au.7.0 
 10. Currington, SE Louis.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jahvaughn POWELL
  Nicholls St.
  Avg: 5
 1. Powell, Nicholls St.5.0 
 2. Dewey, Sam H.4.9 
 3. Hart, Incarnat.4.7 
 4. Hall, Northwes.4.6 
 5. Veal, SE Louisiana4.5 
 6. Franklin, Abil.Chr.4.3 
 7. Frenchwood, Lamar4.3 
 8. Burr, McNeese St.3.5 
 9. Thibodeaux, New O.3.2 
 10. Crnic, Abil.Christian3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ehab AMIN
  Texas A.
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Amin, Texas A.3.2 
 2. Powell, Nicholls St.2.0 
 3. Bonds, Houston .2.0 
 4. Lewis, Abil.Christian1.9 
 5. Franklin, Abil.Chr.1.9 
 6. Bell, Nicholls St.1.9 
 7. Thomas, Texas A.1.8 
 8. Veal, SE Louisiana1.8 
 9. Kocher, Texas A.1.7 
 10. Frenchwood, Lamar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Nicholls St.
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Thomas, Nicholls St.4.2 
 2. Thomas, Texas A.2.1 
 3. Wyatt, Incarnat.2.0 
 4. Nelson, SE Louis.1.9 
 5. Holyfield, SF Au.1.3 
 6. Friday, Abil.Chr.1.3 
 7. Puou, New Orleans1.3 
 8. Johnson, Incarnat.1.3 
 9. Ugochukwu, McNeese .1.1 
 10. Brooks, Cent.Ark.1.0 

University of New Orleans wins the USA Sthl 2016-2017 title (Photo:

University of New Orleans 2016-17
Mark Slessinger Mark Slessinger Slessinger
Makur Puou
Erik Thomas
Tevin Broyles
Travin Thibodeaux
Christavious Gill
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
22  Puou Makur 206 (6'9'') F 0 Sudan
14  Thomas Erik 196 (6'5'') F 95 Argentina USA
1  Broyles Tevin 193 (6'4'') G 95 USA
25  Thibodeaux Travin 206 (6'9'') F 96 USA
5  Gill Christavious 173 (5'8'') PG 94 USA
10  Cheeseman A.J. 198 (6'6'') F 98 USA
15  Reed Cameron 193 (6'4'') G 0 USA
3  Frye Nate 183 (6'0'') PG 94 USA
13  Rosa Jorge 190 (6'3'') G 0 USA
11  Zeno Michael 198 (6'6'') G/F 95 USA
32  Jiles Matthew 178 (5'10'') PG 95 USA
23  Cohen Danny 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
2  Edwards Coleman 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
0  Wallis Venjie 193 (6'4'') G 0 USA
24  Vinson Corey 185 (6'1'') G 0 USA
4  Robinson Bryson 193 (6'4'') G 98 USA
12  Sabo Gavin 198 (6'6'') F 98 USA
Head Coach: Mark Slessinger
Coach Assistant: Jody Bailey
Coach Assistant: Kris Arkenberg
Coach Assistant: Bil Duany

New Orleans edges Islanders in OT 68-65, punches ticket to Big Dance - Mar 14, 2017

A dream 21 years in the making was finally realized on Saturday night, and while it took an extra five minutes to accomplish it, New Orleans' men's basketball team made the wait worthwhile for their school and city.
Timely free throw shooting and a dominating edge on the offensive glass propelled the Privateers to a 68-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Merrell Center, giving the program its first Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first for top-seed New Orleans since 1996.
'I told these guys at halftime that this has been an amazing story,' said New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger .
'It's a story about rebirth, renaissance and it's a story of commitment of when guys come together playing for a purpose and love of the game, our love for each other, our university and the city that we absolutely adore and love that some magic stuff can happen.'
The Privateers (20-11) trailed by 10 points in the first half and were down nine early in the second half before forging their way back into the contest. Neither team led by more than four points after Michael Zeno (6'6''-G/F-95)'s layup drew New Orleans into a 42-42 tie with 12:22 left in regulation as the thriller became the first Southland Conference Men's Tournament final to go into overtime since Sam Houston State outlasted rival Stephen F. Austin to capture the 2003 title.
Rebounding, especially on the offensive end, proved to be a golden ticket for New Orleans. The Privateers owned a 40-25 edge on the glass, but it was their 19 offensive rebounds that helped keep them in the contest. The ability to control the paint resulted in a decisive 21-2 in second chance points for the Privateers.
'That's what they do,' said Islanders head coach Willis Wilson , whose team fell short in the tournament final for a second straight season. 'They pound the glass.'
Said Slessinger, 'We made a change of course in the off season to where we said we were going to make a concerted effort to play big. We put all our money into that race, and that's what we went with.'
Nate Frye (6'0''-PG-94), who hit a three-pointer at the end of the first half to help rally the Privateers, forced the extra session by knocking home a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to tie the score at 60-each, yet New Orleans had to survive another white-knuckle moment when Cole Martinez (6'2''-G-93) narrowly missed a potential title-clinching three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation.
'I just thanked God he missed it,' said Privateers guard Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94), who scored 10 points and provided just enough of a distraction for Martinez to miss his only three-pointer in six attempts from beyond the arc.
Frye's jumper just 15 minutes into the extra session gave New Orleans the lead that was short lived as Martinez hit a triple that allowed the Islanders to seize a 63-62 advantage. The basket was the high-water mark for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as it proved to be the last field goal they would score in the final 4:23.
After Travin Thibodeaux (6'9''-F-96) hit one of two free throws to tie the score for the 11th and final time, Tevin Broyles (6'4''-G-95) gave New Orleans the lead for good with a jumper with 3:01 left. The Islanders stayed close and had a chance to force a second overtime, but Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left that set the stage for the Privateers to return to the NCAA Tournament.
For New Orleans, the moment was one the team, university and city will have frozen in time for years to come.
'It was unreal,' said Gill. 'I would watch it on TV and see other teams win tournaments, and I was like, 'I want to be there one day.' I just felt like it was a dream come true.'
'All our hard work and dedication just turned out for us,' said Tournament Most Valuable Player Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95), who scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
After an initial stretch of ebbs and flow for both teams, it was the shooting of Kilgore that began to give the Islanders an offensive groove. Playing in front of friends and family, the former Dekaney High School standout hit five of his eight attempts in the first half, including consecutive jumpers down the stretch that gave Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a 33-23 lead.
The lead, and momentum, started favoring the Privateers when Frye sank a deep three as the horn sounded for intermission, cutting New Orleans' deficit to 33-26 at the half.
Thomas was joined on the All-Tourney team by Gill, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Thomas and Martinez and Leon Gilmore (6'7''-F) III of Stephen F. Austin.
For Slessinger, a longtime coach in the Southland Conference, the chance to carry the banner of the league is a task he'd long dreamed of doing as a head coach.
'It's a big banner for our program,' he said. 'I take a lot of pride in this.'

Southland Conf. Tournament Final:
New Orleans - A&M-Corpus Christi 68-65, OT
Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
New Orleans - Sam Houston State 75-63
A&M-Corpus Christi - Stephen F. Austin 77-69

Courtesy of Southland

All-Southland Conf. Awards 2017 - Mar 14, 2017

All-Southland Conf. 1st Team 2017
Erik Thomas
Rashawn Thomas
Jordan Howard
Colton Weisbrod
Ehab Amin

All-Tournament MVP: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
Player of the Year: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
Defensive Player of the Year: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
Freshman of the Year: Jalone Friday (6'9''-C-96) of Abil.Christian
Newcomer of the Year: Jalin Hart (6'0''-G-95) of Incarnate Word
Coach of the Year: Mark Slessinger of New Orleans

1st Team
F: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC
PG: Jordan Howard (5'11''-PG) of Cent.Arkansas
F: Colton Weisbrod (6'5''-F-95) of Lamar
G: Ehab Amin (6'3''-G-95) of Texas A&M-CC

2nd Team
F: TJ Holyfield (6'8''-F) of SF Austin
G: Jalin Hart (6'0''-G-95) of Incarnate Word
F: Colter Lasher (6'7''-F-94) of Houston Baptist
C: Josh Ibarra (6'11''-C-95) of Houston Baptist
G/F: Reveal Chukwujekwu (6'3''-G/F-94) of Houston Baptist

3rd Team
PG: Marlain Veal (5'9''-PG) of SE Louisiana
F: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
F/C: Aurimas Majauskas (6'8''-F/C-93) of Sam Houston St.
PG: John Dewey (6'0''-PG) of Sam Houston St.
C: Jalone Friday (6'9''-C-96) of Abil.Christian

Honorable Mention
Derreck Brooks (6'6''-G) of Cent.Arkansas
Ja'Dante Frye (6'4''-F) of Nicholls St.
Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94) of New Orleans
Simi Socks (6'6''-F-96) of Incarnate Word
Sabri Thompson (6'3''-G-95) of Northwestern St.

All-Defensive Team
F: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
G: Ehab Amin (6'3''-G-95) of Texas A&M-CC
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC
G: Paul Baxter (6'2''-G) of Sam Houston St.
F: Travin Thibodeaux (6'9''-F-96) of New Orleans

All-Tournament Team
F: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
PG: Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94) of New Orleans
F: Leon Gilmore (6'7''-F) of SF Austin
G: Cole Martinez (6'2''-G-93) of Texas A&M-CC
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC


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