VERMILLION, S.D. — The Omaha men’s basketball team returned to action for the first time in 20 days Friday night, falling 91-59 to South Dakota at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
Leaders for Omaha
La’Mel Robinson earned the first start of his career, finishing with a team-high 11 points with four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Ayo Akinwole joined him in double figures with 10 points alongside team highs of six boards and four assists.
Leaders for South Dakota
Stanley Umude paced the Coyotes with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting, finishing 8-of-8 at the line. Kruz Perrott-Hunt (16) and Tasos Kamateros (13) also scored in double figures, with Kamateros pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.
South Dakota hit at 57% (33-of-58) for the night to Omaha’s 37% (23-of-63) and had a 40-29 rebounding edge. The Coyotes finished with a 48-22 scoring advantage in the paint.
Omaha had single-digit turnovers for the second straight game, finishing with eight miscues for the night.
Inside the First Half
Umude scored 22 points in the opening 20 minutes, including 20 in a nine-minute span to spot USD a substantial lead with six minutes left in the half. Kamateros added 11 points and nine rebounds to start as the Coyotes shot 63% (20-of-32).
Robinson hit a pair of threes to lead the Mavericks with six points in the first half. Omaha trailed 54-20 at the break.
Inside the Second Half
Akinwole was 4-of-5 from the field for eight points in the second stanza.
Ruffin bookended a 7-0 Omaha run with a jumper and a three in the first five minutes, and he notched seven of his eight points for the night in the second half.
Noting Tonight’s Game
–La’Mel Robinson’s addition to the starting five marked the Mavericks’ fourth different lineup this season.
-Omaha is now 2-13 (0-5 Summit League) on the year, while South Dakota improves to 9-6 (7-0) with its eighth straight win.
Omaha and South Dakota conclude the weekend Saturday evening with a 7 p.m. tip at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.