Minnesota 92, Nebraska-Omaha 79
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[December 21, 2013]
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota 92, Nebraska-Omaha 79:
DeAndre Mathieu scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the second
half as the host Golden Gophers extended their winning streak to five
games by holding off the pesky Mavericks.
Minnesota (10-2) also received 18 points and 10 rebounds from
Andre Hollins and a season-high 19 points off the bench from Malik
Smith, who shot 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Elliott Eliason
contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Austin
Hollins had 10 points and six assists.
Meanwhile, it was another solid showing for Nebraska-Omaha (8-4),
which won at Nevada six days ago and also suffered close losses at
Iowa (eight points), UNLV (three) and Drake (eight). The Mavericks,
who trailed in this one by four points with under four minutes to
play, were led by CJ Carter, Alex Phillips and Devin Patterson with
15 points apiece.
Caleb Steffensmeier hit a 3-pointer right before the first-half
buzzer - the Mavericks' 10th 3-pointer of the opening half - to
forge a 44-44 tie at intermission. Nebraska-Omaha remained close for
the first five minutes of the second half before Andre Hollins'
basket and Mathieu's 3-pointer ignited a 13-4 run that turned a
56-54 edge into a comfortable 11-point lead.
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Smith had eight straight points, including a pair of
3-pointers, during the key run. The Mavericks stayed relatively
close and Patterson's layup with 3:14 remaining sliced their
deficit to 83-79, but they did not score again as a jumper and
two free throws by Mathieu highlighted a game-ending 9-0 run by
GAME NOTEBOOK: While Nebraska-Omaha made 10 3s in the first
half, it only made four two-point baskets during the opening 20
minutes. In the second half, the Mavericks did not make a single
3-pointer, missing all eight of their attempts. ... Mathieu's
previous career high was 17 points, accomplished against Coastal
Carolina last month and duplicated against Chaminade eight days
later. ... Nebraska-Omaha hung tough on the glass, getting
outrebounded by only two, and the Mavericks finished a crisp
17-of-20 from the foul line.
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