OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha used a late first-half run to create separation and never gave back the momentum in a 91-75 victory over North Dakota in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday. The Mavericks (17-14) advanced to the CIT’s round of 16, while UND (17-17) saw its season come to an end in postseason play for the fourth straight year.
A trio of seniors reached double figures for UND as Alonzo Traylor led that trio with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Aaron Anderson added 13 and Troy Huff posted 12 to become just the third player in UND history to reach the 2,000-point plateau.
Huff reached that historic mark with a putback in the second half and ended his UND career third on the all-time scoring charts with 2,005 points. Only 10 other active Division I players have reached that figure.
Classmate Jamal Webb fought through a knee injury to make the start and play 17 minutes as the UND seniors finished out their careers with 69 victories and four consecutive CIT appearances.
“These seniors have done so much for this program and brought us through the transition,” UND head coach Brian Jones said. “We wanted to get this one for them to keep it going for at least one more game, but I’m proud of them for what we accomplished over the past four seasons.”
The Mavericks were the fresher team and it showed late in the first half when the home team made its decisive run. The teams went back-and-forth through the first 13 minutes of play.
After Lenny Antwi gave the visitors’ a 27-26 lead with 7:00 to go, the Mavericks would outscore UND 16-7 to close the opening half. That spurt allowed Omaha, who had not played since March 1st, to build a nine-point cushion at the break.
Mike Rostampour finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds and was a force inside from the start. The Mavericks dominated the glass for the entire 40 minutes and held a 27-13 edge in the first half. They finished with a 43-30 advantage.
Rostampour grabbed first-half 14 rebounds to go with 12 points and his tip-in at the halftime buzzer gave his team its 42-33 advantage. Omaha also made it to the free-throw line 17 times (made 13), while Anderson sunk UND’s only two attempts in the first half.
UND also struggled from inside the arc, making only 8-of-24 attempts, while a 5-for-12 effort from deep kept them in the game.
Dustin Hobaugh came off the bench to make two of those 3-pointers – his first since the season opener. His second gave UND its largest lead of the game at 19-15 midway through the first half, but the Green and White would never regain the lead after Antwi’s jumper a few minutes later.
After Traylor scored the first two points of the second half, the Mavericks scored the next six points and built a double-digit lead that they would not relinquish.
John Karhoff led five Mavericks in double figures with 17 points and C.J. Carter added 14, while Alex Phillips and Marcus Tyus each had 13 off the bench.
Hobaugh, who played the power forward spot for the injured duo of Josh Schuler and Jaron Nash, had eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Hobaugh matched his point total from the team’s first 33 games.
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