OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball team earned its second conference victory and its second win of a three-game home stand Wednesday night, defeating North Dakota State 90-77 at Baxter Arena. The Mavericks are now 8-8 (2-1 Summit League), while the Bison drop to 6-10 (1-2).
Leaders for Omaha
Matt Pile had a monster night with career highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds, hitting 7-of-11 from the floor. Mitch Hahn led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, four boards and three assists.
Leaders for North Dakota State
NDSU was led by Tyson Ward’s 17 points and eight rebounds. Rocky Kreuser chipped in 14 points, and Tyree Eady had another 13.
Omaha shot .557 (34-of-61) as a team, including .458 (11-of-24) from distance, while NDSU came in at .474 (27-of-57) from the field and .500 (13-of-26) from the field. The Mavericks outrebounded NDSU 33-28 and returned to single-digit turnover form with just seven miscues on the night.
Inside the First Half
The Mavericks held NDSU to .379 (11-of-29) shooting in the first half and hit at a .567 (17-of-30) clip themselves. Hahn, who came out on fire by nailing his first four shots of the night, had 10 points by the first media timeout, then extended it to 15 points by the break.
Jackson and Hahn teamed up for a 12-0 run from 8:03 to 4:48, which created an 11-point lead at 36-25. The advantage was 41-32 by the break.
Inside the Second Half
Though NDSU shot .571 (16-of-28) in the second half with 11 points from Kreuser and 10 from Ward, Omaha maintained its pace with a .548 (17-of-31) showing. Pile led the charge with 17 points and seven boards, and Robinson accounted for another 12 points.
Midway through the second half, Omaha took its largest lead of 26 on a Jackson layup, which capped an 11-0 run – which was part of a greater 19-2 spurt – and pushed it to 74-48.
Noting Tonight’s Game
–JT Gibson remains the only Maverick to hit a 3-pointer in every game this season.
–Mitch Hahn now has two 20-point scoring games this year.
–Matt Pile’s double-double was his fifth of the season. He and Hahn are tied as Omaha’s active career leaders for double-doubles at six apiece.
Omaha returns to the road on Thursday, Jan. 10 with a visit to North Dakota at 7 p.m. in Grand Forks, N.D.