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Men's Basketball wins by 50 at home against Iowa Wesleyan


Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:01

wins by 50

Photo by J.Christoffersen/ The Gateway

Justin Simmons, known for his acrobatic shots, scored this 180 layup against Iowa Wesleyan

The Omaha men’s basketball team defeated Iowa Wesleyan easily on Saturday afternoon. The final score was 86-36 which puts the current Mavericks record at 5-3.

    The Mavericks kept their opponent scoreless up to 21-0,  and then Wesleyan didn’t score again until the Mavericks were at 34 points. Senior center John Karhoff was a large part of the Mavericks putting up such a large margin early as he dominated down in the lost post and at one point stole the ball while guarding a pick and roll and taking it in for a dunk.

    As it became clear that the Mavericks had a massive advantage, head coach Derrin Hansen began subbing in his bench for most of the remainder of the game. No starter for the Mavericks played more than 14 minutes (Devin Patterson and Mike Rastampour) and five bench players played more than 20 minutes.

     “[I wanted to see from them] the same thing as our starters. I thought we were disciplined defensively. We were efficient offensively, and I wanted that out of those guys. It’s easy for the bench to come in and say ‘well here’s my time here’s my minutes’ and jack up some shots and not play within the framework of the offense or not be very disciplined defensively. I thought we did all those things,” Hansen said.

    The Mavericks ended up shooting 63 percent in the first half. The Mavericks took their biggest lead of the half with 1:22 remaining in the first half going up 54-13. They also didn’t have a single turnover in the first half. Coming back into the second half, they scored another ten straight points which pushed the lead to 64-20. With 6:12 to go, they built the largest lead of the game at 82-29.

     This game almost marked the first game back from a back injury for senior guard Justin Simmons. He said it felt “great” to get back on the court and that he felt about “75 percent.”    Coach Hansen also made a point about the fact that despite the physical mismatch in this game they needed to continue to play hard and within their offense, which he said they did well. Later on, his players echoed similar statements.

    The Mavericks will return on Tuesday Dec. 3 to host Waldorf College at the Ralston Arena.


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