Seniors shine in regular season finale

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Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

The Omaha men’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Thursday, earning a 102-98 victory over Oral Roberts. The senior night win pushed the Mavericks to 18-12 (10-6 Summit League) and locked up the No. 3 seed going into next week’s conference tournament. Head coach Derrin Hansen said he was pleased with his team’s final home game performance.

“I was very happy with our effort tonight, especially for senior night,” he said. “We have five guys
who have done a lot for our basketball program on and off the floor.”

Point guard Devin Patterson led all scorers with 29 points off of 10-of-16 shooting. The senior netted four 3-pointers and added five rebounds. Randy Reed II contributed a career-high 21 points and pulled down five boards.

“I’ve been going to the gym a lot lately, working on my game and making sure I’m prepared for
the moment,” Reed said.Junior guard Tra-Deon Hollins earned his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 assists. The nation’s steals leader also swiped three passes in the game.

Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics
Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics

Senior forward Jake White chipped in with 18 points and seven rebounds in his final home game. The Mavericks hit their stride on Thursday night, shooting 56 percent (36-of-64) from the field, their second-highest field goal percentage of the season. Oral Roberts was led by conference leading scorer Obi Emegano who tallied 26 points. Daquan Jeffries followed with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Omaha’s hot shooting saw them up 43-38 at halftime. They would go on to take a 19 point lead midway through the second half. The Golden Eagles would make a late run, pulling within five in the final minute, but a clutch three from Patterson and free-throw sealed the Maverick victory.

In Baxter Arena’s final home men’s basketball game, fans showed up in full force, sending the seniors off on a high note. “I can’t thank our students, alumni, boosters and fans enough. I’ll never take that for granted.”The Mavericks will have a week of practice before heading to Sioux Falls, S.D. for the Summit League Tournament on March 5-8.

For seniors Patterson, Reed, White, Tim Smallwood and Kyler Erickson, it’s a chance to finally
compete for an NCAA tournament berth.

“We’ve been talking about it since the season ended last year,” Reed said. “Everyone’s been
working extra hard, getting extra workouts in preparing for this moment.”

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