UNO Men triumph over York

UNO Men triumph over York
November 27th, 2023 |

OMAHA, Neb. – Backed by a record-setting performance from Tony Osburn, the Mavericks moved to 3-0 at home this season after besting York 104-68 to begin the final week of November.

Osburn made nine three-pointers tonight, giving him the all-time program record for threes made in a single game, doing so with just 19 seconds left on the clock.

Omaha is back to .500 on the year at 4-4, while today’s match goes down as an exhibition for the Panthers, meaning they remain 3-4. 

Leaders for Omaha 
Osburn’s 32 points tonight were the most by any Maverick this year, as were his 11 field goals made. His six rebounds were second to only Marquel Sutton who led the team with eight. Frankie Fidler and JJ White each had a team-high four assists tonight, while Grant Stubblefield’s three steals led the pack.

All told, five Mavericks scored in double-digits today: Osburn, Nick Davis (14), Fidler (13), Jaeden Marshall (13), and Marcel Bryant (11).

Leaders for York
Jaden Henderson was the lone Panther to score double-digits today with 12 points on five buckets. He was also tied for the team lead with four rebounds. 

Team Stats 
Aside from York leading in bench points (33 to 28), the Mavericks led in virtually every category tonight. On shooting, Omaha held the edge on field goals at 55.6% to 39.7%, three pointers at 42.4% vs. 30.8%, and free throws at 71.4% to 62.5%. The Mavericks also led in rebounds (42 to 34), points in the paint (48 to 34), and points off turnovers (20 to 8).

Inside the First Half 
It was the Tony Osburn show in the first half as he quickly made it 10-2 with a pair of threes in the opening two minutes. Then, at 16:39, Osburn made it 3-for-3 on three-pointers after draining one from the left side, making it 14-4. After getting his fourth from deep at 15:08, Osburn would grab a defensive board take it the length of the court before capping off his incredible run with his fifth-consecutive three just 20 seconds later to put Omaha up 24-6.

Omaha would get five more threes in the first half, including two more from Osburn, with Stubblefield, Bryant, and Marshall sinking the other three. Overall, 30 of Omaha’s 59 points in the first would come from behind the arc. Lost amidst the offensive barrage was that as a team, Omaha pulled down an impressive 26 rebounds in the half, with Sutton recording five and Osburn and Davis each getting four.

Inside the Second Half 
Following a couple of quick buckets from Fidler and Stubblefield early in the second, Davis had his biggest basket yet with an aggressive dunk at 16:56 to grow Omaha’s lead to 33. Just under two minutes later, Osburn would capitalize on a board from White and the feed from Sutton to make his record-tying eighth three-pointer of the night. A minute later, Marshall notched his second three-pointer of the game and Omaha’s 12th overall, while at 10:08 Davis went up for his second dunk of the day. 

With the victory all but secured as Omaha led by at least 30 for the remainder of the night, all eyes were on Osburn as he sat just one 3-PT FG away from standing alone atop the Mavericks leaderboard. After getting his eighth at 15:08, he would go without a three for nearly 15 minutes. Then, with just 35 seconds left on the clock, Osburn patiently waited for his opportunity before letting fly one last shot, nailing the three and securing the record with 19 seconds remaining.

Game Notes 
– Osburn blew past his career high of 14 points and three 3-PT FGs just five minutes into the game. He would score six more threes over the next 35 minutes and end the day with 32 points. He is now the first Maverick this year to top 30 points in a single game.
– Omaha’s 14 three pointers today are the team’s most in a single game since November 24, 2018 when they had 14 vs. Montana State.
– Today also marks the first time since December 13 of last year that the Mavericks have scored 100 points in a game.
– This is also the first game this season that five Mavericks have scored double-digit points in a single game.

Up Next 
Omaha closes out the homestand and the month of November this Thursday at noon when they host Bellevue at Baxter Arena.


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