Saints Downed By New Orleans, 81-73

Nov. 19, 2004

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. - Bo McCalebb missed only three shots and scored 29 points, leading New Orleans past Siena 81-73 Friday in the seventh-place game of the BCA Invitational.

Chad Barnes and Ben Elias both had 13 points for the Privateers (1-2), who shot 55 percent. Jamie McNeilly added 10, and McCalebb dished out nine assists.

The Saints (0-3) were the only winless team in the tournament. Tommy Mitchell was 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 16 points to lead four players in double figures.

A day earlier, McCalebb was held back by foul trouble in a loss to Fairleigh Dickinson, but the only problems he had in this one were at the free throw line. He made only 5-of-11, which kept him from reaching the RBC Center scoring record of 32 points by Arizona State's Eddie House.

That mark was set against North Carolina State in the 2000 NIT.

McCalebb was 11-for-14 and got the bulk of his points on mid-range jumpers, using his quickness to beat defenders off the dribble before pulling up for shots. He also hit two 3-pointers.

The Privateers took the lead for good on a basket by Elias, the start of a 20-6 run in about 8{ minutes of the second half that gave them control. McCalebb had seven points in that stretch, and Shawn Malloy finished it with a three-point play on a dunk.

Siena got within six with about two minutes left on a 3 from Antoine Jordan, but McCalebb responded with a 15-foot jumper on the baseline. New Orleans sealed the victory by going 8-for-12 from the line down the stretch.

The Saints had a rough tournament, losing to Oregon State in the first round on a three-point play with four seconds left. On Thursday, Pepperdine scored the first 22 points of the second half to hold off Siena 87-72.