SEATTLE — Five Mavericks scored in double figures, but the Omaha men’s basketball team dropped a 90-71 road decision to Seattle Thursday night at the Redhawk Center.
Leaders for Omaha
Playing in his first game since Nov. 20, KJ Robinson scored a season-high 17 points on five 3-pointers alongside two assists and two steals. Matt Pilerecorded his second double-double of the year with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 11 rebounds and a steal.
JT Gibson followed with 13 points, two boards, three assists and a steal, and Zach Jackson added another 12 points with two rebounds and an assist while hitting 5-of-5 at the line. Brett Barney had a solid night off the bench, making 4-of-4 shots from the field for a season-high 10 points.
Leaders for Seattle
Matej Kavas and Delante Jones each had a game-high 26 points for Seattle, with Kavas hitting six 3-pointers and Jones adding four more. Terrell Brown had a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Omaha shot .390 (23-of-59) to Seattle’s .544 (31-of-57). SU also had the advantage on the glass, 36-23, and had nine blocked shots as a team.
Omaha committed a season-low nine turnovers for the night.
Inside the First Half
Barney came up big off the bench in the first half, stopping an 11-2 Seattle run and pouring in eight points from 11:14 to 8:17 to put the Mavericks ahead, 26-25. Heading into the final minute, the Mavericks led by two, but back-to-back threes from Jones put Seattle in front 39-35 at the intermission. Gibson, who shot 3-of-6 to start, led the way with nine first-half points for Omaha.
Inside the Second Half
Seattle regained a double-digit lead two-and-a-half minutes in, but Omaha trimmed it to 48-45 on Robinson’s second three of the half. The Mavericks pulled within three three more times — the final of which came at 57-54 with 11:30 left on a pair of Jackson free throws — but Seattle responded with a 10-1 run from there.
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Omaha is now 3-6 on the season, while Seattle improves to 9-2.
-Robinson is the fourth Maverick this season to make at least four treys in a single game.
-Gibson is now tied for 15th in school history for career 3-pointers (116).
-Jackson’s streak of double-figure scoring performances is now nine straight games this year, while Gibson’s extends to seven games.
Omaha returns to action Saturday, Dec. 8 with a trip to Oregon — the Mavericks’ third and final meeting with a Pac-12 team. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.