OMAHA, Neb. — Behind double-doubles from its two seniors, the Omaha men’s basketball team put together an inspired performance Friday night to top North Dakota 72-62 at Baxter Arena.
It was the Mavericks’ first Summit League win of the season and preserves Omaha’s 13-game series win streak over UND, in place since 2007.
Leaders for Omaha
Matt Pile’s fourth double-double of the year came on team highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds alongside three assists and three blocks. Ayo Akinwole notched the second double-double of his career with 15 points and 10 boards, adding a game-high six assists and two steals. He was a perfect 6-of-6 at the line.
La’Mel Robinson also scored in double figures, finishing with 16 points with a pair of rebounds and four steals.
Leaders for North Dakota
Filip Rebraca led all scorers with 22 points, pulling down 13 rebounds for a double-double. Caleb Nero (13) and Ethan Igbanugo (10) also scored in double figures, and Tyree Ihenacho tallied 11 caroms.
Omaha shot 42.6% (26-of-61) to North Dakota’s 35.8% (24-of-67), and the Mavericks finished at 77.8% (14-of-18) from the stripe. UND narrowly outrebounded Omaha 43-41.
Omaha limited itself to eight turnovers for the night.
Inside the First Half
Pile came out with a vengeance, accounting for 10 points and nine boards in the opening 20 minutes. Robinson added another 10 points, and Akinwole had eight.
A 7-0 run late in the half spurred the Mavericks to their largest lead with 4:59 to play, when Smith hit back-to-back buckets and Robinson swiped a bad pass for a layup that put them up 16.
Omaha led 41-33 at the break.
Inside the Second Half
UND managed to whittle the lead down in the second half, going ahead 45-44 before a Booth triple righted the ship. A Nero three put the Fighting Hawks up one final time before Booth countered with another trey to put Omaha in the lead for good.
UND went silent for more than seven minutes starting at the nine-minute mark. Omaha was a perfect 6-of-6 at the line over the final 24 seconds, sealing the win at 72-62.
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Omaha has now won 13 straight in the series with North Dakota since 2007. In their Division I era, the Mavericks are 9-0 against UND, including 5-0 in Omaha.
-Tonight’s win moves Omaha to 3-18 (1-10 Summit League) on the season, snapping a 14-game losing skid.
-North Dakota drops to 8-16 (7-8) on the year.
-Omaha led for a season-long 38:32.
Omaha and North Dakota conclude the weekend on Saturday, Feb. 20, with tip set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena.
OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team began its weekend series vs. North Dakota with a 73-61 victory at Baxter Arena on Friday night.
The win propels the Mavericks to 3-11 (2-7 Summit League) on the season while the Fighting Hawks drop to 2-18 (2-12).
Leaders for Omaha
Josie Filer garnered her first double-double of the season with game-high totals of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Claire Killian scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds while shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Leaders for North Dakota
Kacie Borowicz was the lone Fighting Hawk in double-figures with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Jaclyn Jarnot tallied eight points and nine rebounds while Julia Fleecs collected nine points and seven boards. Mikayla Reinke and Claire Orth added eight points apiece.
Omaha shot 39.2% (20-of-51) to North Dakota’s 34.2% (25-of-73). The Mavericks had 13 assists on 20 baskets and shot 6-of-18 from three-point range and 27-of-34 from the free throw line.
UND posted a 44-40 advantage in rebounding over the Mavericks and outscored Omaha in second chance points, 16-9.
Inside the First Quarter
UND led 11-6 through the first seven minutes before baskets by Frost and Pilakouta capped the quarter with a 11-10 Fighting Hawk advantage. Defense had the upperhand early as Omaha shot 25 percent from the floor while limiting North Dakota to 23.5 percent shooting in the first ten minutes.
Inside the Second Quarter
The Fighting Hawks got a layup by Borowicz with 7:23 left to take their final lead of the game at 13-12. Omaha responded with a trey by Frost and a fast break three-pointer by Akili Felici to grab an 18-13 advantage.
Five consecutive points by Filer on a couple free throws and a trey expanded the Maverick lead to 27-17. Frost converted the old-fashioned three-point play to send Omaha into the half with a 30-20 lead.
Inside the Third Quarter
Riding the momentum from the second quarter, the Mavericks sprinted out to 21-point lead with a 15-4 run to start the second half. Trailing by as many as 21, UND trimmed into the deficit to get within 14 before the Mavericks finished the third with a 51-36 lead.
Omaha shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range in the third quarter. The Mavericks assisted on six of eight field goals while Sarah Schmitt handed out a team-high three assists in the quarter.
Inside the Fourth Quarter
With a 53-38 Omaha lead, North Dakota went on an 8-0 run in a two-minute span to get within seven at 53-46 with 6:06 left. As a team, the Mavericks shot 80 percent from the free throw line to prevent the Fighting Hawks from getting any closer than a seven-point deficit.
Omaha shot 16-of-20 from the charity stripe, led by Killian’s perfect 10-for-10 effort in the quarter.
Omaha and North Dakota close the regular season series on Saturday at Baxter Arena. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.