Gates was 6 of 7 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the foul line to total 18 points. Charles added 17 points while pulling down nine rebounds for New Orleans (12-9, 7-3) which improved to 10-1 at home. UNO has won seven of its last nine conference games to hold down third place in the league standings.
Damion Rosser added 10 points with eight assists and five steals for New Orleans.
The Privateers took an early lead and were up 40-29 at the break.
Dwight Murray Jr. and Charles Brown III nailed back-to-back 3s as the Cardinals started the second half on a 19-7 run and took their first lead 48-47 after Brown completed a 3-point play with 14:04 remaining. The Privateers made six straight free throws to go ahead 56-50 and started to pull away after Jorge Rosa drained a trey with 12:11 left.
Christian Peevy had 25 points for Incarnate Word (6-16, 1-8) which lost its seventh straight game.
Morant, Murray State take aim at Florida State
Ja Morant lived up to the hype with a memorable first-round performance.
Tillie rises high for huge slam
Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie gets out on the break and throws down the thunderous one-handed dunk over two defenders.
St. Mary's come up short in first round defeat to Villanova
Despite shooting well from behind the arc, St. Mary's fell short in a hard-fought 61-57 defeat against defending NCAA Tournament champion Villanova.
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