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Omaha Men and Women split at North Dakota State

Omaha Men and Women split at North Dakota State

OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit for the fifth time this season Saturday afternoon, defeating North Dakota State 58-50 at the Scheels Center. The Mavericks’ sixth straight victory improves them to 18-9 (12-2 Summit League), while the Bison drop to 14-14 (8-6).

Leaders for Omaha
Matt Pile registered his team-leading ninth double-double of the season on 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor. He added two steals and a block.

Zach Jackson led all scorers with 16 points and added three rebounds, an assist and two steals. KJ Robinson joined him with 15 points, five boards, a game-high six assists and a steal.

Mitch Hahn also pulled down nine rebounds and chipped in five points and two assists.

Leaders for North Dakota State
North Dakota State got a team-high 13 points from Vinnie Shahid, who hit four 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. Jared Samuelson had 11 more points, and Deng Geu added 10 points and six caroms.

Team Stats
Omaha, which shot just .281 (9-of-32) in the first half, finished the game at .382 (21-of-55) from the floor to NDSU’s .346 (18-of-52). The Mavericks had a 38-32 rebounding edge, including nine boards on the offensive end.

Omaha had a 24-18 advantage in the paint and outscored NDSU 13-5 on second-chance points.

Inside the First Half
A slow start plagued the Mavericks in the opening 20 minutes. NDSU took as large as a 12-point lead four times in the first half, the last of which came at 28-16 on a Geu jumper with just over a minute to play. But late buckets from Robinson and Pile trimmed it back to single digits, as the Bison held a 28-20 edge at the halfway point.

Inside the Second Half
Omaha heated up to .522 (12-of-23) shooting in the second half, while NDSU cooled to .269 (7-of-26). The Mavericks held the Bison to nine points over the final 11 minutes of the game.

NDSU led until 5:46, when a Robinson triple — his third of the half — put Omaha up 46-45. After Shahid responded with a three of his own, the Mavericks regained the lead on a Jackson trey that made it 49-48 with 4:19 left. Another three-ball from Mitch Hahn with 1:44 to go pushed the advantage to four, and Omaha maintained the lead the rest of the way.

Noting Today’s Game
-Omaha has won 15 of its last 17 games.
-Omaha’s six-game win streak is its longest of the season and ties for the longest of the Division I era.
-The Mavericks’ 12 Summit League wins are a Division I program record.
-Omaha has outrebounded 10 of its last 12 opponents.
-The Mavericks committed just six turnovers and have had single-digit miscues in 15 of the last 19 games, including six straight.
-JT Gibson remains the only Maverick with a make from three in all 27 games this season.
-Mitch Hahn’s team-best 16-game double-figure scoring streak came to an end today.
-Omaha’s 58 points were its second-lowest total of the season. Its 20 first-half points were its lowest of the year.
-Tonight’s win marks Omaha’s second win in Fargo in the Division I era and its first at the Scheels Center.

Up Next
Omaha returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 28, visiting Oral Roberts. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

FARGO, N.D. – Omaha was unable to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon at the Scheels Center, losing 55-48. With the setback, the Mavericks are now 8-19 overall and 2-12 in the Summit League. The Bison improved to 7-19 (4-10).

Leaders for Omaha
Kalen Phillips scored a team-high 11 points off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting. Mariah Murdie added nine points and nine rebounds. Claire Killian chipped in nine points, four rebounds and two steals. Josie Filer scored four points with nine rebounds and three blocks.

Leaders for North Dakota State
Rylee Nudell led three Bison in double-figures with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Sofija Zivaljevic scored 13 points off the bench and grabbed six boards. Emily Dietz chipped in 11 points, five boards, three assists and three blocks.

Team Stats
Omaha shot 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the field and 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range. The Mavericks converted 60 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line. The Mavericks outscored the Bison 28-16 in the paint.

North Dakota State shot 33.3 percent (15-for-45) from the field and 25 percent (4-of-16) from long range. The Bison connected on 77.8 percent (21-of-27) of its free throws. NDSU held a 40-35 advantage on the boards, including a 32-23 lead on the defensive glass.

Inside the First Half
Omaha raced out to a 10-3 lead to start the game before North Dakota State responded with a 5-0 spurt to pull the Bison within two at the first media timeout. Rayanna Carter nailed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to push Omaha’s lead to 18-13 after the first period.

Both teams went scoreless for the first 3:56 of the second quarter before Zivaljevic went 1-for-2 at the line for the Bison. Killian went 1-for-2 at the line with under two minutes left in the half to push Omaha lead back to five at 23-20. NDSU’s Danneka Voegeli finished her shot in the paint in the final minute of the half to cut UNO’s lead to 23-22 at the break.

Inside the Second Half
Omaha held North Dakota State scoreless the opening 6:47 of the third quarter while building its lead to 31-22. Phillips converted a three-point play at the 2:00 mark to give Omaha its largest lead at 34-24. Zivaljevic’s jumper with 90 seconds left in the period made it 34-26 heading into the fourth.

The North Dakota State offense caught fire in the final 5:45 of the fourth quarter, and it would prove to be Omaha’s undoing. The Bison outscored the Mavericks 29-14 in the final stanza, including a 19-4 spurt to end the game, as NDSU made six of eight free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the comeback.

Up Next
Omaha returns to the hardwood on Thursday, Feb. 28, visiting Oral Roberts. Tipoff at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla. is set for 5 p.m.

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