BROOKINGS, S.D. -- It rained threes at Frost Arena Saturday evening, as the Omaha men's basketball team canned a season-high-tying 16 3-pointers en route to a 101-93 win at South Dakota State. With their first league victory of the year, the Mavericks improved to 8-9 (1-3 Summit League) on the season, while the Jackrabbits dropped to 8-11 (1-3).
Senior guard Marcus Tyus led the Mavericks' long-range attack, pouring in a game-high 34 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 8-of-13 from distance and 6-of-7 at the free throw line. The Ramsey, Minn., native tied Omaha's single-game threes record originally set by former Maverick Zac Robinson vs. Missouri Western on Nov. 21, 2006.
Sophomore forward Mitch Hahn joined Tyus in double figures with 15 points, helped by a trio of 3-pointers. Redshirt freshman guard JT Gibson added a career-high 14 points with four treys.
Junior forward Tre'Shawn Thurman also led the Mavericks on the boards, pulling down a team-leading nine rebounds alongside eight points.
South Dakota State got a double-double from Mike Daum, who finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Theisen (15), Michael Orris (11) and Reed Tellinghuisen (10) also scored in double figures.
Omaha shot .469 (30-of-64) from the field, taking over half their shots behind the arc to finish at a .457 (16-of-35) 3-point clip. The Mavericks were also .893 (25-of-28) at the stripe, and their bench outscored the Jackrabbits' 41-23.
SDSU, meanwhile, shot .458 (33-of-72) from the floor, .280 (7-of-25) from long range and .769 (20-of-26) at the foul line. The Jacks had a 52-22 advantage in the paint.
In the first half, Omaha fired at .541 (20-of-37) from the field, including .550 (11-of-20) from three. Tyus led the charge with 14 points off four 3-pointers, while Hahn and Gibson each had three more triples for 12 and 11 points, respectively. It was a back-and-forth game to start before consecutive threes by Gibson and Hahn put the Mavericks ahead 19-15 with 12:30 left. The lead was eventually extended to 50-26 with two Tyus 3-pointers out of the under-four media timeout, and Omaha took a 55-34 advantage by the intermission.
In the second half, the Mavericks led by at least 13 until the last four minutes of the game. Tyus drilled his eighth three with 6:42 to go, tying the UNO's biggest lead of the night, 82-58.
SDSU held Omaha without a field goal for the rest of the game, and a 22-7 Jackrabbit run helped cut it to 89-80 with 2:45 remaining. With a minute left, the Jacks pulled within two at 93-91 on a Chris Howell layup, then again at 95-93 on two Howell foul shots with 22 seconds to go. But Omaha, which was a perfect 21-of-21 at the line in the second half -- used a final six shots from Tyus, sophomore guard Zach Jackson and freshman guard KJ Robinson to hang on for the win, 101-93.
Omaha returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 11, visiting IUPUI. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Gary Sharp will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.