OMAHA, Neb. — Five Mavericks scored in double figures as the Omaha men’s basketball team earned its first win of the season Friday afternoon, defeating Buena Vista 94-58 at Baxter Arena. The Mavericks are now 1-1 on the season, while Buena Vista, which played the game as an exhibition, is 0-0.
Leaders for Omaha
Senior Zach Jackson led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers, in addition to four rebounds, four assists and three steals. It marked Jackson’s second straight 20-point scoring performance of the week.
KJ Robinson added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Matt Pile had 13 points and seven rebounds. Wanjang Tut chipped in 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and Mitch Hann rounded it out with 11 points, five boards and two steals.
JT Gibson had a career-high six steals alongside five points and three rebounds.
Leaders for Buena Vista
Buena Vista was led by 12 points apiece from Robert Hawkins and Dominic Sesma.
Omaha shot .557 (39-of-70) to Buena Vista’s .418 (23-of-55) and had a 38-24 advantage on the glass. The Mavericks outscored BVU 43-12 in the paint, including 36-6 in the second half.
Inside the First Half
The Beavers, who hit 10-of-18 from long range in the first half, led until Omaha went ahead 42-41 with 46 seconds to the break. Mitch Hahn scored nine of the Mavericks’ final 12 points over the last 4:15, and the game sat tied at 44-44 at the intermission.
Inside the Second Half
The second half was a different story, as Buena Vista’s shooting cooled to .214 (6-of-28) and Omaha outscored the Beavers 50-14 in the final 20 minutes. While BVU went on a nearly 10-minute scoring drought, the Mavericks used a 25-0 run that put them up 90-52.
Omaha plays host to Northern Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena