Tha Carter III
Men's basketball started the season with a win from a big three point shot from C.J. Carter
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 14:01
University of Nebraska at Omaha ended up with a 68-66 win Saturday night at Northern Illinois behind CJ Carter’s 18 points. The Mavericks and Huskies posted played nearly even numbers in field goal percentage, three point percentage, rebounds and turnovers. The Mavericks however held a sizeable advantage in free throws made, which likely led to their victory in the first game of the season.
The Huskies caught the lead early and didn’t give it up for nearly the entire first half. The lead at one point ballooned from 11-8 to 22-10 in less than five minutes.
At halftime, the Mavericks faced an eleven point deficit as Northern Illinois held a 39 to 28 lead. However the Mavericks quickly began chipping away at the Huskies’s lead, and by the time there was 11 minutes in the half, Omaha had pulled within five points.
It wasn’t until 3:04 that a huge three from CJ Carter tied the game up at 60-all. The Huskies went ahead again on two free throws from Pete Rakocevic, but two free throws from guard Justin Simmons tied it all up at 62-62 once more. Travon Barker then hit a jump shot and free throw with 1:08 remaining, but Carter drew a foul and hit both shots to cut the lead to 65-64 in NIU’s favor.
With 14 seconds left on the clock, Carter drove the lane for a layup to give the Mavericks the final lead. He then drew a foul from Baker to complete the three-point play, putting the score at 67-65. With eight seconds left, Baker was fouled by Patterson and hit his second of two free throws to keep the game excruciatingly close at 67-66. A final foul shot from senior guard Caleb Steffensmeier, however, finished the game up with a final two point lead for UNO at 68-66.
Besides leading the team in points, CJ Carter was also second in rebounds at six behind Matt Hagerbaumer’s seven. The next leading scorer was Marus Tyus who had nine points, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes. Northern Illinois leading scorers were Darell Bowie, and Daveon Balls with 16 and 13 points respectively.
The Mavericks will have their home opener on Wednesday at the Ralston arena at 7:07 p.m. against UMKC.