OMAHA, Neb. -- The Omaha men's basketball team withstood a late rally by North Dakota State Saturday night at Baxter Arena, upending the Bison 96-92 to secure a No. 3 seed for next weekend's Summit League Championship. With the win, the Mavericks complete the regular season with a record of 16-13 (9-7 Summit League), while NDSU drops to 19-10 (11-5) and enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Senior Marcus Tyus, celebrating Senior Night with classmates Tra-Deon Hollins and Kyler Erickson, led a pack of six double-figure scorers for the Mavericks. Tyus finished with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 7-of-8 effort at the free throw line and added five rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Mitch Hahn hit 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, for 19 points alongside four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Hollins was next with 17 points and team highs of eight boards, five assists, three steals and a block.
Sophomore Zach Jackson also had 11 points and four rebounds, while junior Tre'Shawn Thurman rounded it out with 10 points and six rebounds.
North Dakota State was led by a game-high 32 points from Paul Miller, who hit 6-of-12 from 3-point range. Dexter Werner recorded his sixth double-double performance with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Omaha shot a blistering 57.6 percent (34-of-59) from the field and 52.7 percent (15-of-29) from three, while North Dakota State finished at 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the floor and 29.0 percent (9-of-31) beyond the arc. The Bison had the edge on the glass, 34-32.
The Mavericks trailed NDSU for the first 11 minutes until a Hollins three, a Hahn dunk and another trey by Tyus gave them their first lead at 17-14. It started a streak of 12 consecutive made field goals, including a combined eight 3-pointers from Tyus, Hollins, Norl and Hahn, which spurred Omaha to a 45-38 lead with 1:54 left in the half. By the break, the Mavericks led 47-41.
UNO opened the second half on a 17-5 run, capped by a Thurman dunk that brought it to 64-46 six minutes into the stanza. NDSU then cut the Mavericks' lead in half at 69-61 with 7:55 left, but Omaha surged ahead by double digits again in the next two minutes.
The Bison, however, steadily chipped away, with a Miller 3-pointer trimming the margin to eight at 89-81 with 1:13 remaining. A three-point play by Werner and an A.J. Jacobson tip-in then cut it to 90-86 with 38 seconds left, before Miller and Hollins were both assessed technical fouls with 23 seconds to go. After Miller hit his two foul shots and a dunk from Werner made it 93-90, Tyus hit three of his last four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the victory at 96-92.
Omaha returns to action at next weekend's Summit League Basketball Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. The third-seeded Mavericks face No. 6 seed Fort Wayne on Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, and the game will be broadcast live on Midco and ESPN3. Gary Sharp and John Karhoff will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2, and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.