MACOMB, Ill. — The Omaha men’s basketball team claimed its first road win and first Summit League win of the season Thursday night, triumphing over Western Illinois 87-66 at Western Hall.
Leaders for Omaha
Senior Lamar Wofford-Humphrey tallied a career-high 18 points with seven rebounds, shooting 7-of-9 from the floor with three 3-pointers over 16 minutes. Junior Zach Jackson matched him with another 18 points, five boards, two assists and two steals.
Sophomore JT Gibson added 16 points, three rebounds, a game-best and career-high-tying six assists, two steals and a block. Senior Daniel Norl rounded it out with an identical 16 points alongside six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Leaders for Western Illinois
Western Illinois was led by 18 points from Kobe Webster, who added two rebounds and five assists. Brandon Gilbeck (16) and C.J. Duff (10) also finished in double figures.
Omaha outshot Western Illinois .532 (33-of-62) to .414 (24-of-58), including .481 (13-of-27) to .238 (5-of-21) from long range. The Mavericks also outrebounded the Leathernecks 39-30.
Inside the First Half
Wofford-Humphrey hit two threes in the first five minutes, and Omaha drained five as a team in the first 10. They fifth trey — from Gibson — created a 10-point lead, 16-6 with 10:08 left. The advantage stretched to as many as 19 on a Norl triple with 5:19 to go, and the Mavericks, who shot .500 in the half, led 42-30 by the break.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha upped its shooting to .563 (18-of-32) in the second half, helped by 11 points from Gibson and another 10 from Wofford-Humphrey. The Mavericks took their largest lead with 1:17 left, as back-to-back threes from Gibson and senior Renard Suggs made it 87-61.
With the win, Omaha is now 6-13 (1-2 Summit League) on the season, while WIU drops to 8-7 (0-3).
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Gibson has made at least one three in 15 straight games and has gone a perfect 16-of-16 at the free throw line since Nov. 14.
-Omaha has now won three straight in the all-time series with Western Illinois, including back-to-back road wins in Macomb.
-The Mavericks have now won three of their last five games.
-Sophomore KJ Robinson made his first start since Dec. 18.
-Omaha has shot .500 or better as a team eight times this year.
Omaha returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, visiting Fort Wayne. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1620 The Zone. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.