By Jackson Taylor
The Omaha basketball team’s six-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday afternoon after they fell to IPFW in overtime, 106-101. The Mavericks are now 12-7 (4-1 Summit League) and share the first place spot in the conference with IPFW.
The Mavericks got off to a slow start against Fort Wayne, trailing as many as 19 in the first half. Max Landis was lights out for IPFW, scoring 24 points in the first half. the Mastodons shot 53% in the first.
After going into halftime down 50-37, Omaha put pressure on IPFW in the early minutes of the second half. Like they have so many times this year, the Mavericks went on a 14-0 run off of a series of IPFW turnovers and Omaha fast break points to cut the lead to 57-55. Fort Wayne would go on its own 14-5 run to get back up by double digits.
The Mavericks came rallying back again to tie it at 87 with two minutes to play and then took their first lead off of a Tre’Shawn Thurman 3-pointer. After a series of scores from both teams, the game went to overtime, 92-92.
Omaha led by a point late in overtime, but a 3-pointer from Landis followed by free-throws sealed the game for Fort Wayne.
Senior forward Jake White led Omaha with 26 points and 11 boards. Guard Devon Patterson chipped in 24 points and Tre’Shawn Thurman posted 20.
Tra-Deon Hollins had a career game with his first double-double. The junior finished with 23 points, 13 assists, 8 steals and 5 rebounds. Hollins also claimed UNO’s single-season steals record at 81 during the game.
Omaha outrebounded the Mastodons 42-33 but were outshot 52 percent (39-75) to 48.7 percent (38-78) for the game. Fort Wayne was led by Landis who totalled 37 points, going 6-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. John Konchar finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds for IPFW.
Omaha hits the road for its next game as they travel to Denver for a Thursday night matchup. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.