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Omaha Men and Women fall to South Dakota State

Omaha Men and Women fall to South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. — In a game that was a series of runs on both sides, the Omaha men’s basketball team came up short in a first-place league showdown at South Dakota State, falling 83-73 at Frost Arena. The Mavericks, whose win streak was snapped at five games, are now 12-9 (6-2 Summit League) on the season, while the Jackrabbits improve to 17-6 (7-1).

Leaders for Omaha
KJ Robinson led Omaha with a season-high 23 points with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, an assist and a career-high-tying four steals. Mitch Hahnregistered his second straight double-double on 14 points and a career-best-tying 15 rebounds alongside three assists and a steal.

JT Gibson also finished in double figures with 14 points, knocking down four more triples with a rebound, three helpers and a steal. Matt Pile added eight points, seven boards and two steals for the night.

Leaders for South Dakota State
Two-time Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum was nearly unstoppable, posting a double-double on 33 points and 16 rebounds with five assists, three steals and two blocks. Daum’s performance moved him up to 17th all-time on the NCAA Division I scoring list.

David Jenkins (19) and Skyler Flatten (16) joined him in double figures.

Team Stats
SDSU, which took sole possession of first place in the league standings, shot .532 (33-of-62) with 10 3-pointers to Omaha’s .409 (27-of-66) with 12 triples. The Jacks had the edge on the glass, 38-34, and a 46-30 advantage in the paint. Omaha had 13 steals on the night.

Inside the First Half
Down 9-4 early, Omaha rattled off an 11-0 run to take a 15-9 lead by the under-12 timeout. After an SDSU bucket out of the break, the Mavericks stretched the lead to 20-13, punctuated by Gibson’s first trey of the day. The Jacks countered with a 12-0 spurt of their own to take a five-point lead with six minutes to go.

A short 6-0 run with a Hahn jumper, Pile dunk and a steal and a layup from Robinson helped Omaha cut it to 32-30 with 2:32 left. But SDSU finished the period on a 9-3 run and led 41-33 at the halfway point.

Daum and Jenkins combined for 29 of SDSU’s 41 points as the Jacks shot .548 (17-of-31) for the half. Gibson had nine points — all on threes — for Omaha, and Hahn hit the break with seven points and seven rebounds.

Inside the Second Half
After SDSU opened the second half with Jenkins’ fourth 3-pointer, Omaha put together a 10-2 run that brought it within three at 48-45.

The Jacks worked to a double-digit lead before the Mavericks cut it to 59-54 with 12:43 to play. SDSU then built their largest advantage, 71-56, with nine minutes left before Omaha trimmed it again to a seven-point deficit, 73-66, on a layup and a three from Gibson with 5:36 remaining. But SDSU went back up with a 10-point cushion and never let the Mavericks back within striking distance the rest of the way.

Noting Today’s Game
JT Gibson remains the only Maverick with a make from three in every game this season for a career-long 21-game streak.
Mitch Hahn has averaged 15.0 rebounds per game this week against SDSU and Purdue Fort Wayne.
Zach Jackson was held under 10 points for just the second time this season.
-South Dakota State has won five straight in the series with Omaha.

Up Next
Following a week’s rest, Omaha returns home on Sunday, Feb. 3 to host North Dakota. Tipoff is set for Noon at Baxter Arena.


BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Omaha women’s basketball team fell to South Dakota State, 81-47, on Saturday at Frost Arena.  The loss moved the Mavericks to 6-14 overall (1-7 Summit League), while the Jackrabbits improved to 15-6 (7-1).

Leaders for Omaha
Freshman Mariah Murdie finished with a team-leading 12 points and blocked a team-high two shots.  Freshman Elena Pilakouta recorded eight points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists.  Freshman Josie Filer added five points, nine boards and a blocked shot.

Leaders for South Dakota State
Four Jackrabbit starters scored in double figures, led by Myah Selland and Macy Miller’s 15 points.  Selland added five rebounds and four steals while Miller dished out six assists and grabbed five boards.  Tagyn Larson added 14 points, three boards, three blocks and three steals.  Madison Guebert chipped in 10 points.

Inside the First Half
South Dakota State jumped out to an early 9-0 edge.  Omaha responded with a 5-0 run, sparked by a Carter jumper and a Phillips’ 3-pointer.  The Jackrabbits pushed the lead to double digits twice in the quarter, but the Mavericks responded both times and closed within 19-11 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

Omaha grabbed the momentum to open the second quarter with a 9-4 run.  Murdie started the surge with a nifty move in the paint for a bucket followed by a 1-of-2 effort at the line.  A Pilakouta layup and free throw cut the lead to 23-17.  After a stop on the defensive end, Filer made it a three-point game, 23-20, with a 3-pointer midway through the stanza.  South Dakota State sopped Omaha’s comeback with four straight from Selland and the two teams went to the locker room with the Jackrabbits holding a 35-29 lead.

Inside the Second Half
South Dakota State shot 54.3 (19-of-35) in the second half, while Omaha shot 20.7 (6-of-29) from the floor.  Pilakouta led the Mavericks with three points, three rebounds and four assists in the final 20 minutes.  The Jackrabbits outscored the Mavericks 46-18 in the second half to claim the 81-47 victory.

Up Next
Omaha returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Jan. 30 as the Mavericks host Peru State at 7 p.m. in Baxter Arena.


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