NICEVILLE, Fla. – For the first time since the 2020-21 season, the Omaha men’s basketball team picked up a win away from home. The Mavericks were led by Akol Arop off the bench who scored a career-high 12 points in the 63-56 win vs. ULM Friday afternoon.
With the win, Omaha improves to 2-4 overall.
Omaha was led by Arop who scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. Arop added three rebounds, two blocks, and a steal in the action.
JJ White also notched double-figures for the second time this season with 11 points. He connected on two three-pointers and tallied a team-best six assists. Marquel Sutton and Jaeden Marshall each scored 10 points apiece, while Frankie Fidler grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds.
Jamari Blackmon led all scorers with 16 points Friday afternoon. He was 6-of-11 from the field and hit three from deep. Tyreke Locure added 14 points, while Thomas Howell scored 13. Howell completed the double-double with a game-high 10 boards.
Savion Gallion tallied a team-best three assists.
The Mavericks shot nearly 49 percent from the field and 90 percent from the foul line. They struggled from distance converting only four of their 13 attempts. The Warhawks shot 35.5 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from deep. They only got to the line eight times and sunk five of those attempts.
Omaha’s bench led the way Friday outscoring the Warhawks, 24-11. The Mavericks also held an edge on the fast break (17-7) and in the paint (28-20).
Inside the First Half
Friday’s game between the Mavericks and Warhawks was back-and forth until the final minutes of the second half. Sutton started the scoring with the opening bucket in the first 20 seconds of action. He scored again in the third minute of play before the Warhawks responded with five straight points for their first lead of the game coming on a fast break three from Locure. The next two minutes remained scoreless until Gallion and Arop traded jump shots. Arop’s basket at the 14:27 mark got Omaha within one and was the final basket before a nearly four-minute scoreless stretch for both teams.
Arop broke the drought with a layup off a ULM turnover at the 10:57 mark and swung momentum back in Omaha’s favor, 10-9. Marshall scored the next four points for the Mavericks taking a three-point lead before Locure connected from deep again to recapture the lead for the Warhawks. The final six minutes of the half saw four more ties before time expired. The Mavericks came out on top at the break, 28-27.
Inside the Second Half
Fidler’s first points of the game came on Omaha’s first field goal of the second half. He helped tie the game, 30-30, in the opening two minutes. It wasn’t until midway through the half when the Warhawks were able to pull away from the Mavericks. Bolden drove in for a layup with 11:41 on the clock to spark a 10- run for ULM. Blackmon and Wilson hit back-to-back threes in the stretch, while Bafutto’s layup at the 7:44 mark gave the Warhawks their largest lead of the night, 51-45.
The Mavericks responded with their own 10-run and were able to regain the lead with the help of success at the foul line. Luke Jungers, Marshall, and Fidler all scored from the line, while Sutton hit a jumper for the lone field goal in the run. The Mavericks led 55-51 with 2:35 remaining. White and Fidler’s effort over the next two minutes helped the Mavericks to a nine-point lead with 21 seconds remaining. White scored from deep, while the remaining points came from the charity stripe. Blackmon drove in for the final points of the game, and Omaha took a 63-56 win.
Inside the Box Score
-Arop’s 12 points marks a career-high. His previous best was set last year with 10 points. It is also his first game with at least 10 points this season.
-This marks Sutton’s fifth game in double-figures this season., while Marshall tallies his third, and White his second.
-Friday’s game marked Omaha’s first win since 2020-21 that came away from its home venue. The Mavericks are still looking for their first road win of the year as this counts as a neutral venue.
Omaha will conclude the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday with a game vs. Southern. Tipoff for the Mavericks and Jaguars is 12:30 p.m.