TEMPE, Ariz. — The Omaha men’s basketball team continued its road swing Wednesday night, falling 89-71 to Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena. The Mavericks are now 3-5 on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 6-0.
Leaders for Omaha
Zach Jackson led a contingent of three double-figure scorers for the Mavericks, finishing with 17 points on four 3-pointers. Matt Pile shot 7-of-8 en route to 15 points with a team-high five rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks. JT Gibson added 12 points with four 3-pointers.
Leaders for Arizona State
Arizona State’s Zylan Cheatham was an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals. Luguentz Dort and Taeshon Cherry had 19 points apiece, and Kimani Lawrence added 18.
ASU shot .516 (33-of-64) to Omaha’s .459 (28-of-61), and the Mavericks hit at a .500 (13-of-26) clip from 3-point range. The Sun Devils had the advantage on the glass, 41-27, including 14-7 on the offensive end.
Inside the First Half
Jackson hit 3-of-5 from deep and tallied 14 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Pile was 6-of-7 with 13 points. Midway through the half, the Mavericks went on a 9-0 run with three consecutive triples from Gibson and Jackson to go up 25-17 with 9:50 to go. But ASU responded with a 7-0 run from there and led 50-40 at the half.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha, which shot .533 (16-of-30) in the first half, cooled to .387 (12-of-31) in the second stanza had just one bucket in the first five-and-a-half minutes. Three straight 3-pointers opened the second half for ASU, and the Sun Devils eventually stretched their run to 16-2 for a 66-42 advantage.
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Gibson has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has a double-figure streak of six straight contests. He has made at least three 3-pointers in five consecutive contests.
-Jackson has scored in double figures in every game of the season.
-Omaha is now 0-1 against Arizona State.
After a seven-day break, Omaha returns to action at Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. CT,