Junior Tre'Shawn Thurman tallied his team-leading ninth double-double Monday at the Summit League semifinals.
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Omaha Dominates IUPUI 90-62, Advances to Summit League Championship

Omaha Athletics | March 07, 2017
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Double-doubles from sophomore Mitch Hahn and junior Tre'Shawn Thurman powered the Omaha men's basketball team Monday night, as the Mavericks defeated IUPUI in a commanding 90-62 win in the Summit League semifinals at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Omaha, which improves to 18-13 on the season with its fifth straight victory, advances to Tuesday night's Summit League Championship Game with South Dakota State.

Hahn posted his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a season-best 10 rebounds alongside two steals, an assist and a block. The Fremont, Neb., native shot 8-of-13 from the field with two 3-pointers.

Thurman's double-double -- his team-leading ninth of the season -- came on 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Omaha Central product shot 6-of-9 from the floor for the night.

Senior Tra-Deon Hollins added 19 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists and shot a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Sophomore Zach Jackson was the Mavericks' fourth double-figure scorer with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and a steal.

As a team, Omaha shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) to IUPUI's 31.7 percent (19-of-60) and outrebounded the Jaguars 50-34. The Mavericks also had a 46-26 advantage in the paint, outscored IUPUI 24-16 on points off turnovers and had a 37-13 bench scoring edge.

Darell Combs led IUPUI, finishing with a game-best 22 points and seven rebounds.

Omaha led for more than 36 minutes in the game and raced out to a 16-7 lead by 12:42 left in the first half with a pair of Hahn free throws. IUPUI pulled within five at 16-11, but the Mavericks used a 24-4 run to end the half, leading 42-18 by the intermission. Thurman led the way in the first 20 minutes with a double-double effort on 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mavericks built their largest lead at 9:15 in the second half, surging to a 34-point advantage when a Hahn trey punctuated 8-0 run. IUPUI got it under 20 twice in the remaining minutes, but Omaha captured the win and a place in the league title tilt with a final tally of 90-62.

Tuesday's Summit League Championship Game tips off at 8 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the winner advances to the NCAA Tournament with the league’s automatic bid. The game will be televised live on ESPN2, and links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com. Tickets are available for purchase at TheSummitLeague.org/tickets.



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