DAYTON, Ohio — The Omaha men’s basketball team continued its three-game road swing at Dayton Tuesday night, falling 93-68 at UD Arena. The Mavericks are now 2-3 on the season, while the Flyers remain undefeated at 3-0.
Leaders for Omaha
JT Gibson posted a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting with three 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Leaders for Dayton
Obi Toppin led an athletic Flyer squad with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Ryan Mikesell (16), Rodney Chatman (13), Ibi Watson (11) and Trey Landers (11) also scored in double figures. Jalen Crutcher dished out a game-high seven assists alongside seven points.
Dayton shot 57.8% (37-of-64) from the floor, while Omaha finished at 45.8% (27-of-59). The Flyers had a 50-30 scoring advantage in the paint and had a 32-31 edge on the glass.
Inside the First Half
The Mavericks played it tight to start, as an Ayo Akinwole jumper tied the game at 10-10 before the first media timeout. But UD went on a 21-2 run from there and capitalized on seven Maverick miscues to take a 31-12 lead with under five to the break. Their advantage stretched to 43-25 at the halfway point.
Inside the Second Half
A 6-0 Omaha run in the second half was capped by a Gibson three, which cut the margin to 60-42. The Mavericks managed to get within 15 on a Robinson trey that made it 67-52 with eight minutes left — one of six threes canned in the second half. But they would get no closer as Dayton shot 60.6% (20-of-33) in the final 20 minutes.
Noting Tonight’s Game
–JT Gibson moved up to fifth in school history for career 3-pointers (182), passing Seth Nelson (1999-2003).
-Gibson has hit at least three 3-pointers in four straight games.
-Gibson remains the only Maverick to score in double figures in every game this season.
–KJ Robinson’s first of three triples on the night pushed him to the 100 career threes milestone.
Omaha has a quick turnaround before visiting Washington State on Thursday, Nov. 21. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash., and the game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and links to live video, audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.