OMAHA, Neb. -- Behind a career-best 37-point scoring effort from senior guard Marcus Tyus, the Omaha men's basketball team took down Montana State 97-91 at Baxter Arena Saturday evening. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 5-5 (0-0 Summit League), while the Bobcats drop to 5-6 (0-0 Big Sky) with their fourth straight loss.
The 37-point scoring onslaught from Tyus came on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from distance, as well as 7-of-8 at the free throw line. In addition to the second 30-point scoring performance of his career, the Ramsey, Minn., native added four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the night.
Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman shot 8-of-9 from the floor en route to 25 points, also adding three assists, two steals and team bests of seven rebounds and four blocks.
Sophomore guard Zach Jackson tallied 12 more points and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Mitch Hahn rounded it out with another 10 points.
As a team, Omaha outshot Montana State .545 (30-of-55) to .429 (30-of-70), aided by a .440 (11-of-25) output from long range to MSU's .390 (16-of-41). The Mavericks also outscored the Bobcats 15-2 on fast breaks.
Montana State had four double-figure scorers: Zach Green (25), Harald Frey (17), Tyler Hall (15) and Quinton Everett (13).
In the opening half, Omaha and Montana State shot an identical .484 (15-of-31), with the Bobcats making 10 3-pointers. Tyus (15) and Thurman (10) both had double-figure scoring efforts over the first 20 minutes, but MSU held a 46-43 lead at the break.
Montana State built an eight-point advantage, 57-49, by 16:57 in the second half. But Omaha rallied from there, going up 61-59 on a three by redshirt freshman guard JT Gibson with 13:58 left.
With 8:39 to go, a Hall 3-pointer helped the Bobcats cut UNO's lead to 73-71. Omaha responded with a pair of threes from Tyus and Thurman jamming a thunderous dunk on a lob from senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins over the next two minutes, which helped the Mavericks regain a double-digit edge of 83-71 by 5:50. Though Montana State made it a four-point game at 95-91 with 20 seconds remaining courtesy of a Hall 3-pointer, UNO prevailed with a final tally of 97-91.
Omaha returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 15, visiting UMKC at 6:35 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.