FULLERTON, Calif. — The Omaha men’s basketball team picked up a key road win Wednesday night on the backs of Omaha Central duo Tre’Shawn Thurman and Tra-Deon Hollins, defeating Cal State Fullerton 83-73 at Titan Gym. With the victory, the Mavericks improve to 3-4 (0-0 Summit League), while the Titans drop to 2-5 (0-0 Big West) with their fifth consecutive loss.
Thurman, a junior forward, recorded his second straight double-double — and his third of the season — with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Hollins, a senior guard, added a game-high and season-best 20 points along with six boards, four assists and four steals. He hit 5-of-10 from the field and was a flawless 8-of-8 at the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Zach Jackson also tallied in double figures, finishing with 12 points on perfect 10-of-10 shooting at the line as well as five rebounds. Senior guard Marcus Tyus also had 10 points, firing in 4-of-7.
As a team, Omaha shot .419 (26-of-62) to CSUF’s .435 (27-of-62) but finished at a .926 (25-of-27) clip at the line, ahead of the Titans’ .458 (11-of-24). The Mavericks also had the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Fullerton 46-35.
The Titans were led by 18 points from Tre’ Coggins. Dwight Ramos put up another 12 points, and Jackson Rowe added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
A back-and-forth first half saw three ties and seven lead changes before Omaha got past a sluggish start to go ahead 18-17 on a pair of Jackson free throws. The Mavericks lit up offensively from there, shooting at a 54 percent clip to end the half on a 21-6 run. Led by nine points on a trio of threes off the bench from redshirt freshman guard JT Gibson, as well as eight points and seven boards from Thurman, the Mavericks created a 37-23 lead by the break.
Omaha grabbed its largest lead of the game at 46-29 with a Hollins trey less than four minutes into the second half. The Titans, however, quickly whittled it to a three-point margin, with a Coggins 3-pointer capping a 14-0 run that made it 48-45 at 13:56. A layup by Austen Awosika with 8:32 to play brought CSUF within four at 56-52, but Omaha’s closing effort at the line sealed it, as the Mavericks hit 15 of their last 16 foul shots on the way to the 83-73 win.
Omaha makes its next road stop on Saturday, Dec. 3, visiting Iowa at 1 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.