OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball team registered its third straight home win to hand head coach Derrin Hansen his 200th career victory Sunday afternoon, topping Cornell College 99-58 at Baxter Arena.
Leaders for Omaha
Sophomore JT Gibson scored a career-high and game-leading 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers, adding three rebounds, two assists and a career-best four steals. The Mavericks got two double-double performances on the day, with junior Zach Jackson‘s on 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and senior Lamar Wofford-Humphrey‘s on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson shot 6-of-10 from the floor, while Wofford-Humphrey was 5-of-6.
Freshman Matt Pile also finished in double figures with a career-high 16 points alongside a career-high-tying six boards, two assists, two steals and a block. Sophomore KJ Robinson rounded it out with 12 points and career highs of five caroms and four steals, as well as five assists.
Leaders for Cornell College
Jon Anderson led the Rams with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Corey Davis pulled down a team-leading five rebounds with six points, six assists and two steals.
Omaha shot a season-best .615 (40-of-65) to Cornell’s .390 (23-of-59) from the field, including .500 (10-of-20) to .308 (8-of-26) from long range. The Mavericks also had a 45-23 rebounding advantage and totaled a season-best 16 steals.
Inside the First Half
Omaha shot .593 (16-of-27) over the first 20 minutes, propelled by 13 points and six boards from Jackson and another 11 points from Gibson. The Mavericks closed the half on a 15-3 run, with a Gibson three before the buzzer putting the lead at 47-28.
Inside the Second Half
The Mavericks led by at least 19 the rest of the way, enjoying a 36-10 advantage in the paint and outrebounding Cornell 28-9 in the second half. Another 15-3 scoring spurt, this time from 13:14 to 10:06, pushed the lead to 35. Omaha shot .632 (24-of-38) in the second half and held the Rams to a .355 (11-of-31) showing.
Omaha is now 3-10 on the season, while Cornell remains 5-3.
Following a short turnaround, Omaha returns to action on Monday, Dec. 18 with a visit to No. 12 Kansas. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at historic Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.