University of Nebraska-Omaha puts end to North Dakota State men's basketball's home win streak
FARGO -- North Dakota State's home winning streak in men's basketball that has stretched over three seasons is over.The streak was snapped by the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who edged the Bison 91-82 in a Summit League contest Thursday night at...
FARGO - North Dakota State’s home winning streak in men’s basketball that has stretched over three seasons is over.
The streak was snapped by the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who edged the Bison 91-82 in a Summit League contest Thursday night at Scheels Arena.
NDSU entered the game having won its previous 31 games in Fargo at the Bison Sports Arena and Scheels Arena - the team’s temporary home until its new arena opens next season.
“They came in here and took it to us from start to finish,” NDSU head coach David Richman said. “They have a talented, experienced group, and it really showed (Thursday).”
The Mavericks grabbed control early and led by as many as 20 points in the first half.
Four players for Omaha finished in double figures. Leading the way was reigning Summit League player of the week senior Devin Patterson, who scored a game-high 32 points. Patterson supplied 19 of his 32 in the second half. NDSU spent the final 20 minutes trying to cut Omaha’s sizeable lead down to double digits -- a feat it was unable to do until the final minute.
“They came out with a lot of energy and hit some tough shots right away,” said NDSU sophomore guard Paul Miller, who finished with a team-high 24 points. “I think it came down to us not being disciplined enough. On the offensive end, we were turning it over and taking bad shots.”
Anytime NDSU started gaining any sort of momentum, Omaha seemed to have an answer.
Miller hit a 3-pointer with 7 minutes, 18 second left to cut the Maverick’s lead to 78-65. The Bison couldn’t get another run going in large part to Omaha’s knack for hitting timely shots.
The Mavericks were 29 of 60 (48.3 percent) from the field.
“I thought we answered probably three different times on the offensive end that were very important,” Omaha head coach Derrin Hansen said. “We were efficient inside the 3-point line. We scored 91 on a team that normally gives up mid to high 60s and we only had two 3s. Our team took a step (Thursday) because this is a hard place to play.”
Omaha is now 11-6 overall and 3-0 in the Summit League - its best start since joining the league in 2012. This is the first year the Mavericks are eligible for postseason play.
NDSU’s last loss at home came Nov. 18, 2013, to Southern Mississippi.
The Bison are now 11-5 and 1-1 in Summit play.
Thursday also marked NDSU’s first Division I loss against the Mavericks. The Bison had won the previous seven matchups.
“It is an incredible streak, and I congratulated the guys about being part of history,” Richman said. “It is 31 straight games over the course of three years in two different buildings. It is a credit to not only this group, but prior groups as well. They have a choice now. They can be a group that starts a new streak.”