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Omaha Men fall at Denver; Women lose to South Dakota

Omaha Men fall at Denver; Women lose to South Dakota

DENVER — The Omaha men’s basketball team opened its final regular-season road swing Wednesday evening, falling 94-78 to Denver at Magness Arena.

Leaders for Omaha
The Mavericks were led by senior Daniel Norl‘s third 20-point scoring performance of the season. He finished with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting, three assists and a block.

Sophomore JT Gibson added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, hitting a perfect 3-of-3 from long range alongside three assists, a rebound and a steal. Junior Zach Jackson rounded it out with 11 points on a 4-of-7 night.

Junior Mitch Hahn also tallied seven points and a game-high nine rebounds, and freshman Matt Pileadded nine points.

Leaders for Denver
Joe Rosga scored a game-high 28 points with 10-of-12 shooting and four 3-pointers. Daniel Amigo also had 21 points, and Ade Murkey (11) and Jake Pemberton (10) added double-digit scoring totals of their own.

Team Stats
Denver shot .593 (35-of-59) to Omaha’s .518 (29-of-56) and made 10 threes for the night. The Pioneers had a 32-21 advantage on the glass.

Inside the First Half
Denver took the lead out of the gate, but Omaha tied it at 12-12 on a jumper from Ayo Akinwole and again at 14-14 on a Daniel Meyer layup. The Pioneers then went on a 10-0 run from there. Omaha managed to cut it to 33-28 with 5:24 left, but DU outscored the Mavericks 16-8 to close the half for a 52-36 advantage. Norl was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe for 13 points.

Inside the Second Half
In the second half, Omaha trimmed the Pioneer lead to 67-61 after a 7-0 spurt powered by five straight from Gibson. With seven minutes to play, a Jackson layup brought the Mavericks within seven again, but DU closed it out with a late push for a 94-78 final.

Noting Tonight’s Game
-Omaha is now 9-18 (4-7 Summit League), while Denver improves to 12-14 (6-6).
Zach Jackson has scored in double figures in 21 straight games.
Daniel Norl is now a perfect 18-of-18 at the line since Jan. 25.
-Norl has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games.
-Omaha has shot .500 or better as a team 11 times this season.

Up Next
Omaha returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 17, visiting South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion, S.D.


OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha women’s basketball team fell to South Dakota 75-50 on Wednesday evening at Baxter Arena in the annual Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Leaders for Omaha
Amber Vidal‘s eighth 20-point scoring performance of the season came on a game-high 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting with two assists.  Emily Petersenadded eight points with three assists and two boards.

Courtney Vaccher chipped in six points and five rebounds.  Claire Killianscored six points, four rebounds and two assists.

Leaders for South Dakota
Kate Liveringhouse led four Coyotes in double figures with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.  Allison Arens added 12 points and three assists.  Chloe Lamb and Jasmine Trimboli each had 10 points.

Team Stats
USD shot .464 (26-of-56) compared to Omaha’s 18-of-55 (18-of-55).  The Coyotes connected on .750 (15-of-20) from the free throw line, while the Mavericks shot .500 (8-of-16) from the line.  South Dakota held a slight edge in rebounding 33-31, but Omaha held a 14-12 advantage on the offensive glass.

Inside the First Half
South Dakota built a 10-point lead 3:33 into the first quarter, but the Mavericks used an 8-2 run, highlighted by a Killian 3-pointer, to pull within four with 2:24 remaining in the period.  The two teams exchanged baskets to end the stanza with the Coyotes leading 17-13.

USD limited UNO to three points over the first 6:55 of the second quarter and built a 27-16 lead.  Vaccher and Vidal scored Omaha’s final seven points in the first half as the Mavericks trailed 34-23 at the half.

Inside the Second Half
Vidal, who was limited to eight points in the first two quarters, came out in the second half to shoot 4-of-10 for 12 more points.  South Dakota shot .500 (12-of-24) in the second half while Omaha shot .310 (9-of-29).  The Coyotes also connected on .800 (12-of-15) from the free throw line compared to .500 (7-of-14) at the stripe.  Arens scored nine points in the second stanza, including going 7-for-8 at the charity stripe.  USD took its largest lead with 6:47 left in regulation, going in front 68-40.  The led by at least 22 the rest of the way.

Noting Tonight’s Game
–    Omaha is now 11-13 (2-11 Summit League) on the season, while South Dakota improved to 22-5 (12-0).
–    The Coyotes have now won 15 straight games.
–    Vidal has led the Mavericks in scoring 12 times this season and has been in double figures 11 times.

Up Next
Omaha returns to the road on Saturday, Feb. 17, visiting Denver.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo.

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