BOULDER, Colo. — The Omaha men’s basketball held its own but came up just short at Colorado Friday night, falling 79-75 at the CU Event Center. The Mavericks are now 1-3 on the season, while the Buffaloes improve to 2-0.
Leaders for Omaha
JT Gibson scored a game-leading and season-best 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four 3-pointers, adding a career-high-tying six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Leaders for Colorado
Colorado had five double-figure scorers: Tyler Bey (16), Lucas Siewert (16), D’Shawn Schwartz (15), McKinley Wright (13) and Namon Wright (11). Bey and Schwartz pulled down game-leading seven rebounds apiece.
Omaha shot .475 (29-of-61) to Colorado’s .473 (26-of-55) and hit a season-best nine 3-pointers for the night. CU finished 19-of-23 at the line and had the advantage on the boards, 36-27. The Buffs committed 16 turnovers, however, allowing the Mavericks to convert 19 points.
Inside the First Half
Robinson and Gibson drained three consecutive threes for a 9-0 run, giving Omaha an 11-6 advantage by the first media timeout. CU never built a lead greater than six in the opening half, and a jumper from Hahn closed out the first stanza with the Mavericks within four at 33-29.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha shot .531 (17-of-32) in the second half, including .600 (6-of-10) from long range. CU opened with a short 5-0 run to go up 38-29, and the Mavericks quickly rallied with an 8-0 run of their own to knot it at 40-40.
With 4:25 to play, Gibson buried a three for a 64-63 Maverick lead, but CU responded with a three-point play and two more free throws to regain the lead. Gibson hit another trey to make it 68-67, and a Robinson triple locked the game at 70-70 with 3:07 left.
After Colorado again stretched it to a five-point margin with 30 seconds to go, Jackson threw up a one-handed three from up top to pull the Mavericks within two. But McKinley Wright made two final free throws in the closing seconds to seal the game for the Buffs.
Noting Tonight’s Game
-Tonight’s matchup with Colorado is the first of three Pac-12 opponents Omaha will face this season.
-The Mavericks are now 0-2 all-time against CU, and both games have been within a five-point margin. The last meeting, on Nov. 22, 2015, was an 87-82 decision that went to the Buffs.
Omaha travels to Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. CT