The Omaha men’s basketball team was edged by Fort Wayne on Saturday night after staging a late rally but falling 94-90. The Mavericks fell to 17-12 (9-6 Summit League).
Red-hot Tra-Deon Hollins led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-28 shooting and two 3-pointers. Randy Reed II scored a career high 19 points for the Mavericks and grabbed five rebounds. Jake White contributed with 16 points and six boards.
Fort Wayne was led by DeAngelo Stewart, who hit five 3-pointers and totalled 23 points on the night.
Omaha found themselves in an early hole after Fort Wayne went on a a 7-0 run to start the game. Then another 9-0 run put the Mavericks down 16-5.
The Mavs chipped away against the fine-shooting Mastodons and found themselves down 54-44 at the half.
Fort Wayne went on another series of runs early in the second half. Like most other games this seasons, the Mavericks answered with a late rally.
With 1:32 left in the contest, a three-point play from Hollins tied the game at 88.
However, after a controversial charge call on Hollins and some Mastodon free-throws, the Mavs found their come back too little too late.
Omaha wraps up the regular season when they host Oral Roberts on Thursday, February 25. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena.