Mavs get back on track and win against South Dakota


After losing to Denver Thursday night in their first home loss of the season, Universit Nebraska-Omaha bounced back and won against University of South Dakota.
USD jumped out to a lead quick, and was led by the play of their big man Trevor Gruis who had 16 points and four rebounds.
He gave UNO’s bigs  trouble, as both Mike Rostampour and Matt Hagerbaumer got in early foul trouble giving Simon Krych some early time on the floor.
After fighting between six and eight points down most of the half UNO climbed within five points at halftime, 32-27.
The Mavs were shooting only 33% from the field in the 1st half and were 0-6 from 3pt range.
In the 2nd half UNO hit their stride, nearly doubling their 1st half production scorng 50 pts in the second half. The Mavs shot 59% from the field in the in the half and hit seven threes.
C.J. Carter kept the Mavs in it during a stretch when both sides traded baskets for seven straight possessions. Carter hit back to back threes to tie the game and then take the lead.
Carter was big with 18 pts but senior Justin Simmons made the biggest plays down the stretch. Including a big corner 3 and a drive and dish to Hagerbaumer who dunked it to ice the game and seal the victory.
“We needed that one, We just knew from the first half we knew what we had to correct. And we came out in the second half and corrected it we fought uphill the whole time and we got over the hump,” Simmons said.
With Rostampour, Hagerbaumer and Karhoff playing with four fouls for the end of the game the Mavs front court wasn’t worried about maintaining aggressive play.
“Nothing changes, I got four, I got a good backup. I’ll foul every game that’s fine. I got a great back up that’s why it’s a team game. I’m fine with it,” Rostampour said.
After a rough stretch the last few weeks, minus a win at SDSU, the Mavs played like the team fans had seen at Ralston Arena the first six games.
“We’ve given our crowds, and they’ve gotten better as the year went on, something to cheer about for six games. We did not do that Thursday night, we struggled offensively, defensively we weren’t at our best obviously and we didn’t give them anything to cheer about,” head coach Derrin Hansen said. “In the last 12 minutes I thought our crowd got into it. We had a couple good surges where I thought we helped them get going and they helped us continue to go.”
The plays of the games: Simmons corner three, Hagerbaumer’s dunk and a Caleb Steffensmeir’s three on a pass from Hagerbaumer are plays that the Mavs haven’t had in recent games.
“Those three plays right there are plays that we had not had in the last two weeks on a consistent basis which we had over the course of about 14, 15, 16 games, and that’s a little bit more like us,” Hansen said. “I’m glad we got that going and hope we can continue that on the road next week.”
UNO will get back on the road in Indiana to face Fort Wayne and IUPU before coming back for a four game home stretch.