Lewis’ 20 leads Denver past New Orleans, 59-49

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DENVER (AP)—Rob Lewis had 20 points and Andrew Hooper scored 11 as the Denver Pioneers beat New Orleans 59-49 on Saturday to end a six-game skid against the Privateers.

Kyndall Dykes had 20 points for New Orleans, which has lost three straight and seven of nine.

Denver (11-14, 6-8 Sun Belt Conference), which had not beaten New Orleans since 2006, used a 10-0 first-half run to take the lead for good. The Privateers (10-16, 5-10) went 7:48 without scoring before Dykes hit a jumper to end the drought.

New Orleans pulled within 32-28 with a 9-2 run to start the second half but Lewis’ baseline dunk and 3-pointer extended the lead to 41-31 with 12:41 left. The Privateers never got closer than four the rest of the way.

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