FARGO, N.D. -- The Omaha men's basketball team closed its first weekend of conference play Saturday afternoon, falling 82-70 to North Dakota State at the Scheels Center. The Mavericks are now 7-8 (0-2 Summit League) on the year, while the Bison improve to 10-5 (2-0).
Senior guard Marcus Tyus paced the Mavericks with 18 points, hitting 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Zach Jackson added 13 points with four more triples, as well as six rebounds and an assist.
Senior guard Tra-Deon Hollins and sophomore forward Mitch Hahn matched each other with 12 points. Hahn pulled down six boards and had two assists and a block, while Hollins contributed four rebounds, five assists and five steals. Junior forward Tre’Shawn Thurman finished with a team-leading nine caroms alongside eight points, two assists and a steal.
North Dakota State was led by 22 points from Paul Miller and a double-double from Dexter Werner's 17 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Carlin Dupree (18 points) and A.J. Jacobson (13) also scored in double figures.
The Mavericks shot .377 (23-of-61) from the field, .423 (11-of-26) from long range and .650 (13-of-20) at the free throw line. The Bison finished at a .436 clip (24-of-55) from the floor, .400 (8-of-20) from distance and .929 (26-of-28) at the stripe. Omaha had the edge in rebounding, 37-36.
Omaha and NDSU got off to a slow start, going a combined 1-of-17 from the field in the first six minutes. A Tyus three later gave UNO its first lead of the game at 17-16 with 8:19 left. In a half that included 10 lead changes, the Mavericks shot .357 (10-of-28) and trailed the Bison 29-28 at the break.
Omaha knotted the game at 31-all with a Hollins trey 32 seconds into the second half, then took the lead again at 34-33 with a Jackson triple. After the Bison went ahead by five with a 3-pointer from Jacobson at 40-35, the Mavericks used another Jackson three and a dunk from Hahn to even the score at 40-40 with 14:51 to go.
Omaha threatened again when free throws from Hahn and junior guard Daniel Norl pulled the Mavericks within two at 44-42, but the Bison went on a 7-0 run from 12:12 to 10:21 to lead 51-42. UNO never got within less than six for the remainder of the game, and the Bison shot .560 (14-of-25) and hit 20 of 22 second-half free throws to finish it off with a final tally of 82-70.
Omaha returns to Baxter Arena for its first Summit League home game next Wednesday, Jan. 4, welcoming Fort Wayne. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and Gary Sharp and John Karhoff will have the radio call on 1180 Zone 2. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.