NORMAN, Okla. — The Omaha men’s basketball team took on Oklahoma for the first time Sunday afternoon, falling 108-89 at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Mavericks are now 0-2 in the midst of their season-opening road trip, while the Sooners improve to 1-0.
Leaders for Omaha
Junior Zach Jackson led a contingent of four Mavericks in double figures, scoring a career-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting and a 7-of-8 effort at the free throw line. He added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Sophomore JT Gibson also had a career-best scoring performance, finishing with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers alongside four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior Mitch Hahn chipped in 13 points with another trio of triples, as well as four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block. Senior Daniel Norl rounded it out with 11 points, six boards, two assists and two steals.
Leaders for Oklahoma
Oklahoma was led by Trae Young, who tallied a double-double in his collegiate debut with 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Five other Sooners finished in double figures: Jamuni McNeace (14), Christian James (14), Matt Freeman (13), Brady Manek (11) and Jordan Shepherd (10). McNeace also had a game-high six blocks.
The Mavericks shot 43.8 percent (32-of-73) to Oklahoma’s 55.7 percent (39-of-70). Omaha, which had just two 3-pointers in its season debut Friday night, hit 12 against the Sooners and finished at a 54.5 percent (12-of-22) clip from long range. OU had the advantage on the glass, 46-31, and outscored the Mavericks 50-32 in the paint.
Inside the First Half
Omaha shot 39.4 percent (13-of-33) in the first half but managed to hit six threes as a team. Oklahoma shot 54.1 percent (20-of-37) and took a 52-38 halftime lead behind 12 points from McNeace and six points, five boards and seven assists from Young. Jackson reached double figures before the break for Omaha with 11 points.
Inside the Second Half
The Mavericks shot an improved 47.5 percent (19-of-40) and cut the margin to 12 early in the second half, but OU pushed back out to a 17-point advantage. Omaha later went on a 10-0 run between 15:12 and 13:06, with a Hahn three punctuating it at 70-61. But the Sooners built up to a 20-point lead on a Brady Manek dunk with 5:32 left and led by at least 16 the rest of the way.
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 14, visiting New Mexico. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT in Albuquerque, N.M.