FARGO, N.D. — The Omaha men’s basketball team took to the road for its only game of the week Thursday night, falling 73-58 to North Dakota State at the Scheels Center.
Leaders for Omaha
Senior Daniel Norl posted a team-leading 13 points for Omaha, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 at the line. Sophomore KJ Robinsonadded 12 points and four rebounds, and junior Zach Jackson had 10 points, three boards and team highs of three assists and two steals.
Junior Mitch Hahn, making his first appearance since Dec. 5, returned to the starting lineup and finished with nine points, a team-best seven rebounds, an assist and a block.
Leaders for North Dakota State
Paul Miller’s 25 points with seven rebounds and five assists paced NDSU, and Tyson Ward pitched in 17 points, five rebounds and three steals.
NDSU shot .464 (26-of-56) to Omaha’s .426 (20-of-47) and had 11 threes for the night with a 10-of-10 showing at the line. The Bison had a 33-25 edge on the glass, including 10-5 on the offensive end, and took advantage with 15 second-chance points. Omaha committed 14 turnovers for the night, and the Bison capitalized with 20 points off miscues.
Inside the First Half
Omaha shot .545 (12-of-22) in the opening half, but the Bison got 15 points, five rebounds and four assists from Miller in the first 20 minutes. After NDSU led early, Omaha took the lead at 8-7 on back-to-back buckets from Robinson and Norl. The score stalled three times from there up to 16-16 at 9:48, after which NDSU went ahead for good.
While Omaha suffered a four-minute scoring drought from 7:05 to 2:40, the Bison built a 16-0 run. Though a late 9-0 run powered by five points from Hahn cut it to eight with under a minute left in the half, the Bison held a 43-33 lead at the intermission.
Inside the Second Half
The Mavericks were held to .320 (8-of-25) shooting in the second half. A 9-0 run midway through the half spurred the Bison to their largest lead at 58-39, and NDSU never allowed its lead to go under double digits the rest of the way.
Omaha is now 7-16 (2-5 Summit League) on the season, while the Bison improve to 11-10 (3-3).
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 30, visiting South Dakota State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D.