CONWAY, Ark. -- Cory Dixon scored 20 points and New Orleans pulled away from Central Arkansas for an 88-79 victory Saturday.
After a first half with nine ties and 12 lead changes, New Orleans (9-10, 6-5 Southland Conference) held a lead for most of the second half. But the Privateers could not extend the lead to more than seven points until Dixon hit a pair of free throws with 1:57 remaining for an 80-72 advantage.
Five straight points from LaQuentin Miles cut the lead to 82-77 with 58 seconds left before New Orleans made all six free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds.
Miles scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting to lead Central Arkansas (6-16, 3-8). Phabian Glasco added 12 points and five blocks.