Omaha improves to 4-0 in Summit League


UNO’s basketball team continues Summit League play at home on Saturday for a matchup with IPFW.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Here’s a game recap leading up to their weekend game…

Tra-Deon Hollins and Devin Patterson led Omaha to a 4-0 mark in conference games after defeating North Dakota St. and South Dakota.
Tra-Deon Hollins and Devin Patterson led Omaha to a 4-0 mark in conference games after defeating North Dakota St. and South Dakota.

By Andrew Nelson

Jan. 7 – Omaha 91, North Dakota St. 82:

Omaha snapped the two-time defending Summit League champion North Dakota State’s home-winning streak of 31 in Fargo. The streak was the sixth-longest active streak in the country. The last Bison home loss came on Nov. 18, 2013.

The Mavs were led by Devin Patterson with 32 points, with 19 of those coming in the second half. Omaha shot lights out all night going 33-of-61, 54 percent from the field. Sophomore Tre’Shawn Thurman finished with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds while senior Jake White added 17 more points to the cause.

North Dakota State was led by Paul Miller with 24 points, one of five Bison players that ended the night in double-figure scoring. Omaha used two runs in the first half, one 8-0 run early, and 14-0 streak to gain an early lead that saw Omaha up by 20 at one point. The Mavs entered the half up 13.

Omaha maintained a double-digit lead until there was 44 seconds left when the Bison got within 8, but they wouldn’t get any closer than that.

Jan. 9 – Omaha 79, South Dakota 73:

Omaha put together an astonish-ing 21-point comeback in the second half to win their sixth-straight and start out 4-0 in Summit League play. The Mavs trailed the majority of the first half thanks to a 10-0 run by South Dakota in the beginning of the game and a 14-5 run to start the second half.

The Mavs were down 52-31 with 15:12 remaining in the game. Omaha strung a couple runs of their own to get back in it. First they used a 12-2 run to get within 10, followed by a 13-2 run to get within two of the Coyotes at the Dakota Dome. With the Mavs down by two, Omaha’s Tra-Deon Hollins nailed a three-pointer to take the lead with 1:53 to go.

A few free throws from Devin Patterson and one from Kyler Erickson iced the game for the Mavs, and more importantly capped the comeback. Hollins finished with 17 points with five steals. Thirteen of those points came just in the second half. Devin Patterson finished with 16 points while Jake White added 15 more. Tre’Shawn Thurman finished with 11 points and tied a career-high in blocks with five. Randy Reed also came off the Maverick bench to dish in 10 much needed points.
South Dakota was led by Shy Mc-Clelland with 15 and Tre Burnette with 14 points.

The Coyotes dropped to 9-9 (1-3 Summit League) while the Mavs improved to 12-6 (4-0).