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.
Report: NCAA set to notify Kansas of violations
The NCAA is expected to deliver a notice of allegations to Kansas in relation to recruiting violations involving the school's men's basketball program, according to a Kansas City Star report.
Iowa F Pemsl suspended following OWI arrest
Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been indefinitely suspended from the team after his arrest Friday on a charge of operating while intoxicated.
Hot Board: Welcome to visit season in college basketball
North Carolina welcomes two top-25 recruits to Chapel Hill this weekend, and UCLA and Illinois will also welcome key prospects.
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