New Orleans (14-12, 11-4), which won the conference last year, remains 1.5 games behind league-leading Nicholls. The victory gave the Privateers 800 wins in program history.
Puou, who was 9 of 12 from the floor to total 23 points, also grabbed eight rebounds. Thibodeaux hit 8 of 16 field-goal attempts to total 18 points while dishing out seven assists. Bryson Robinson had 14 points and Lamont Berzat added seven points with six assists and four steals for New Orleans.
The Privateers had a slim 33-32 halftime advantage but quickly turned that into a 62-42 lead midway in the second half and cruised to the win.
Quatarrius Wilson had his fifth consecutive double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds for McNeese (9-15, 6-8).
Kevin Ollie is accusing UConn of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for cause, thereby avoiding the eight-figure payout that a termination without cause would have demanded.
Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen will declare for the NBA draft in case the NCAA does not allow him to play at South Carolina.
Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel, who averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds during his sophomore season, has declared for the NBA draft.
|Stephen F. Austin||14-4||1||28-7|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||3||21-15|