Men’s basketball struggles in first Summit League road trip
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 3, 2012 13:12
Men’s basketball received an unfriendly welcome to conference play last weekend, dropping two games 95-51 at North Dakota State and 78-63 at South Dakota State. UNO gave up an average of 86.5 points in the two games, but can be somewhat relieved that they probably won’t face a tougher two-game conference stretch the rest of the season.
NDSU and SDSU were slated as the top two teams in the preseason Summit League poll. South Dakota State is coming off a Summit League tournament championship and trip to the NCAA tournament last season.
North Dakota State has been in that mix in the last few years as well. The Bison won the regular season title and conference tournament in 2009.
Thursday at NDSU, the Bison showed just how far the Mavs have to go to compete at the top of The Summit League. UNO was held to just 33 percent shooting and dished out 10 assists to 16 turnovers.
NDSU dominated on the glass 39-19, outscored the Mavs 36-16 in the paint and scored 27 points off turnovers compared to just 14 for UNO. The lead changed hands four times but that was all within the first four minutes of the contest.
At the under 16 timeout the Bison led 10-9, pushed it to 21-11 four minutes later and stretched their advantage to 49-30 by the end of the first half. NDSU had a lead of as much as 46 on the way to drubbing the Mavs by 44.
The Bison were led by 26 from Taylor Braun, while UNO got 14 from Justin Simmons on 6-of-11 shooting and 2-of-3 from three point range. Simmons was the only Mav in double figures.
Two nights later in Brookings, S.D. it was the same story. The Mavs took the lead shortly into the contest, but then gave up a 15-to-5 run and never managed to get back in the game.
SDSU Forward Jordan Dykstra led all scores with 17 and teammate Tony Fiegen had 16 points along with 9 rebounds.
For the Mavs, John Karhoff bounced back from his six-point, 3-of-10 performance at NDSU to go 7-9 from the field with 16 points. Justin Simmons and CJ Carter were in double figures as well, dropping in 10 points apiece.
For once the Mavs won the rebounding battle against an opponent, besting the Jack Rabbits 31-30. Matt Hagerbaumer played a major role in that stat, grabbing 11 boards off the bench.
Despite the improved effort on the glass, UNO continued to struggle holding onto the ball. The Mavs turned it over 21 times compared to 12 for SDSU.
UNO will have two major conference opponents on the docket for the next week. The Mavs travel to Wisconsin Tuesday night then head to Ames to face Iowa State Sunday evening.