Mavericks Top South Dakota 75-68 For Fourth Straight Win

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Omaha Athletic Communications The Omaha men's basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Summit League standings Sunday night, defeating South Dakota 75-68 at Baxter Arena. With their fourth straight win, the Mavericks improve to 11-8 (5-1 Summit League), while the Coyotes drop to 8-11 (2-4).

Leaders for Omaha
Zach Jackson led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four-3 pointers, marking his second straight 20-point scoring effort.

Matt Pile tallied his team-leading seventh double-double on 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, hitting 5-of-8 from the floor. The sophomore added three assists, a steal and a season-high four blocks.

Mitch Hahn and JT Gibson matched each other with 15 points, with Gibson shooting 7-of-9. Hahn also grabbed five boards for the night.

KJ Robinson finished with eight points, four rebounds and a game-high and season-best seven assists.

Leaders for South Dakota
Stanley Umude had a team-leading 20 points, and Triston Simpson put up 17 more with three assists and three steals. Tyler Peterson rounded it out with 12 points.

Team Stats
Omaha outshot South Dakota .509 (28-of-55) to .463 (25-of-54) from the field and .833 (10-of-12) to .778 (7-of-9) at the line. The Mavericks, who outrebounded their opponent for the fourth straight game, had a 34-22 advantage on the glass and also outscored USD 30-20 in the paint.

Inside the First Half
Omaha and South Dakota shot an identical .379 (11-of-29) in the opening 20 minutes, which saw seven ties and nine lead changes. A Gibson three with 1:01 to go locked it at 27-all, but a three-point play by Umude, who finished with 13 first-half points, capped the half. USD closed on a 10-3 run to lead 30-27.

Inside the Second Half
Jackson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Hahn had another 13, as the duo canned three 3-pointers apiece to combine for 29 points in the second stanza. The Mavericks heated up to .654 (17-of-27) shooting as a team and had a 16-4 edge on the boards.

Omaha hit 5-of-5 from the field to start the half, and back-to-back threes from Robinson and Hahn ignited a 7-0 run finished with a Gibson jumper to make it 40-35 less than four minutes in. Three quick threes from Jackson dropped in from 13:37 to 11:48, as the Mavericks never relinquished their lead. They built to their largest advantage of seven, 61-54, with 4:40 to go.

With Omaha up 66-59 with 2:28 remaining, USD managed to cut it to 68-66 just ahead of the one-minute mark, but Hahn responded with a long three to stretch the lead. After forcing a Coyote turnover with 32 seconds remaining, Jackson and Hahn each hit a pair of free throws to close it out.

Noting Tonight's Game
-Omaha has won eight of its last nine games. Its four-game win streak matches its longest of the season from Dec. 15-28.
-The Mavericks have shot .500 or better as a team eight times this season.
-Gibson remains the only Maverick to hit a three in all 19 contests this season, which equals his career-long triple streak of 19 games set in 2017-18.

Up Next
Omaha starts its next road swing at Purdue Fort Wayne this Thursday, Jan. 24. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.