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Omaha Men and Women split with North Dakota | KTIC Radio

Omaha Men and Women split with North Dakota

Omaha Men and Women split with North Dakota
Courtesy/Omaha Athletics

OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways Sunday afternoon, picking up a 90-72 win over North Dakota at Baxter Arena. The Mavericks are now 13-9 (7-2 Summit League) on the season, while the Fighting Hawks drop to 9-14 (3-7).

Leaders for Omaha
All five starters scored in double figures for the third time this year, led by a game-high 22 points from Zach Jackson. The senior hit 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding a team-high five rebounds, two assists and two steals. JT Gibson joined him with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and a pair of threes alongside five boards and a game-high four steals.

Mitch Hahn and KJ Robinson followed with 16 points apiece. Robinson shot 6-of-9 with two 3-pointers and collected three rebounds, a team-best four assists and three steals. Hahn finished 7-of-11 from the floor and grabbed four boards with a steal.

Matt Pile rounded it out with 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks.

Leaders for North Dakota
Cortez Seales led the Fighting Hawks with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Billy Brown also had 16 points with four triples, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Aanen Moody hit five threes en route to 15 points and five caroms.

Team Stats
Omaha shot .565 (39-of-69) to North Dakota’s .456 (26-of-57), despite hitting just four 3-pointers for the day. The Mavericks won the rebounding battle 31-29 and had a 52-26 advantage in the paint. They also committed a season-low six turnovers while forcing 16, collecting 28 points off miscues.

Inside the First Half
A 21-3 run, including a 15-0 stretch from 9:40 to 6:24, put Omaha in control in the first half. The Mavericks shot .550 (22-of-40) in the opening 20 minutes, powered by 13 points from Jackson, 12 from Gibson and 11 from Hahn. After a layup at the buzzer from Jackson, Omaha held a 49-33 edge at the break.

Inside the Second Half
The Maverick lead stretched to 20 with just under 15 minutes to play on a bucket from Gibson. UND responded immediately with a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to cut it to 64-60, and it was finally stanched with a three from Robinson with just over 10 minutes to play. Omaha withstood the rally and regained its double-digit lead, which it held the rest of the way. The Mavericks went up by as many as 20 — matching their largest lead — when a late three from Gibson made it 90-70.

Noting Today’s Game
JT Gibson remains the only Maverick to connect for a three in all 22 games this season.
-Omaha has outrebounded six of its last seven opponents.
-The Mavericks have won 10 of their last 12 games.
-Omaha has won nine straight meetings dating back to 2007 in the series with North Dakota.
-The Mavericks have shot .500 or better on nine occasions.
-Today marked Zach Jackson’s 10th scoring performance of 20+ this year and Gibson’s fourth.

Up Next
Omaha meets South Dakota on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a neutral-site game at The Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a 69-68 decision to North Dakota on Sunday at Baxter Arena.

Leaders for Omaha
Freshman Sophie Johnston scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Mavericks.  Junior Rayanna Carter added 18 points, three rebounds and three assists.  Senior Romekia Wallace chipped in seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Leaders for North Dakota
Julia Fleecs led three Fighting Hawks in double figures with 15 points and six rebounds.  Jill Morton had 11 points and four boards, while Alaina Jarnot added 10 points and five assists.

Team Stats
Omaha shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field including a 46.7 percent (7-of-15) effort from long range.  The Mavericks also hit 75.0 percent (15-of-20) at the free throw line.

North Dakota converted 44.3 percent (27-of-61) of its shots from the floor and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from 3-point distance.  The Fighting Hawks also shot 71.4 percent (10-of-14) at the charity stripe.

Inside the First Half
Johnston opened the game on fire, hitting 2-for-2 from the field with two free throws and a 3-pointer for seven points.  A back-and-forth start included two lead changes and three ties, and Omaha pushed its lead to five points, 14-9.  UND outscored UNO 6-4 the final 3:29 of the period as the Mavericks led 18-17 after the opening 10 minutes.

Omaha got off to a strong start in the second quarter as Johnston dropped a pair of 3-pointers to help the Mavericks build a 31-19 edge with 4:41 left in the half.  The Fighting Hawks cut the lead to four, 33-26, with less than two minutes left on two free throws by Fleecs.  Freshman Josie Filer converted in the paint to help the Mavericks build a 37-31 edge at halftime.

Inside the Second Half
Omaha pushed its lead to 48-40 on a Wallace layup midway through the third quarter.  North Dakota responded with 3-pointers from Fleecs, Jarnot and Melissa Leet to pull within two points with less than a minute left on the clock.  The Fighting Hawks then forced a turnover and tied the game at 53-53 to end the period.

The fourth quarter saw North Dakota build a 66-57 advantage with 3:11 left.  Omaha trimmed the lead to one at 66-65 with 47 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer from freshman Mariah Murdie.  Fleecs converted a layup and Jarnot went 1-for-2 at the line for a four-point lead.  Carter drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final 69-68 for the Fighting Hawks.

The loss dropped the Mavericks to 7-15 overall and 1-8 in Summit League play, while the Fighting Hawks moved to 9-14 (4-6).

Up Next
Omaha returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 6 as the Mavericks visit South Dakota at 7 p.m. in Vermillion, S.D.

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