UNO gains early lead, never looks back

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November 14th, 2013

Omaha, NE – Tip-off got the game started.

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From there the Mavericks quickly took control of the game and never looked back. The University of Nebraska at Omaha men’s basketball team led early on 14-2, then 24-6, then 47-17, finally at halftime the score was 57-27.

Assistant coach Randall Herbst directs Simon Krych (40) during a timeout. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

UNO Assistant coach Randall Herbst directs Simon Krych (40) during a timeout. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City did come back in the second half to pace the Mavs, but by then the deficit was too large to overcome and the Kangaroos were downed by UNO 101-71. UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson said UNO impressed him from top to bottom.

“One of the most impressive things about those guys is I thought they shared the ball very well,” Richardson said. “I mean they are really unselfish and played together as a team. (It was) very impressive to watch what they did offensively getting those guys a lot of easy looks.”

In the game, junior guard CJ Carter led UNO in scoring with 22 points and only one turnover. Fellow teammate senior center John Karhoff said the team has gelled together and it has paid dividends. A big part of that has been what he calls the ‘spark’, junior college transfer Devin Patterson. Patterson had nine points to go along with eight assists and four steals in the UMKC victory.

UNO's Justin Simmons (21) attempts a jump-shot late in the second half. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

UNO’s Justin Simmons (21) attempts a jump-shot late in the second half. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

“We have a lot of experience back, and I think that has helped us get off to a good start so far this year,” Karhoff said. “With the guys back, we are doing a good job of knowing how to play with each other and when to take advantage of certain situations, (so) we are feeling pretty comfortable with each other right now.”

UNO avoided a letdown following the loss last weekend to Iowa 83-75. Head Coach Darrin Hansen said the convincing victory over UMKC could be a sign of maturity from his team.

“The thing about it was, and I don’t know about the extra motivation, but we didn’t have a hangover,” Hansen said. “Our guys learned from it, we’re focused at practice they were ready to go. So I didn’t see a hangover and hopefully that is a sign of a mature team.”

UNO has little time to celebrate as they travel to Las Vegas for a game against UNLV Friday night at 9pm.

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