Sam Houston held a 34-21 halftime advantage and was up 41-29 with 15:44 left. The Privateers mounted a comeback as Kevin Hill had a tip-in and Christavious Gill followed with a three-point play, and New Orleans closed to 46-37 with 11:35 left. The Bearkats opened a bigger gap but the Privateers charged back again. Hill made two free throws and had a tip-in to close to 63-58 with 1:02 left. Gatlin made four straight free throws to seal the win.