SEATTLE — The Omaha men’s basketball team erased Washington’s nine-point second-half lead Sunday afternoon but fell short after a late surge by the Huskies, 86-73 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Leaders for Omaha
Junior Zach Jackson paced the Mavericks in scoring for the second straight game, collecting a career-high 28 points to lead all scorers. The Wichita, Kan., native shot 10-of-17 from the field with three 3-pointers and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line.
Junior Mitch Hahn tallied his second double-double of the year with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and senior Lamar Wofford-Humphrey narrowly missed one of his own with 12 points and nine boards.
Leaders for Washington
David Crisp’s 24 points led four players in double figures for the Huskies. Noah Dickerson had another 16, Jaylen Nowell added 14 and Matisse Thybulle had 12.
Washington shot .500 (30-of-60) to Omaha’s .412 (28-of-68) and hit at a .792 clip (19-of-24) at the line. The Mavericks had the edge on the boards, 41-34.
Inside the First Half
Jackson tallied 17 points over 14 minutes on the floor in the first half, shooting 5-of-8 with three 3-pointers and a 4-of-4 effort at the stripe. The opening 20 minutes saw seven ties, the last of which came at 39-39 with under a minute to play. Washington managed a three from Nahziah Carter before the half, holding a 42-39 advantage going into the locker room.
Inside the Second Half
UW surged to a 50-41 lead in the first 2:21 of the second half, but Omaha whittled it down over the next seven minutes. A long three from Hahn spotted the Mavericks a 58-57 edge with 10:11 left, their first lead since 3:27 in the first half. Another Hahn triple made it 63-62 Omaha with 8:21 to go, but the Huskies put together an 8-0 run and never looked back. Propelled by its late 18-2 spurt over 4:22, Washington took the win, 86-73.
Omaha plays its second of three road games on Tuesday, Dec. 5, visiting UC Santa Barbara. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. CT in Santa Barbara, Calif.