UNO finished its regular season playing the style it has grown accustomed to liking.
High scoring. Minimal defense. Walking away with a win.
Four Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Devin Patterson's game-high 29 points, as UNO outlasted Oral Roberts 102-98 in front of 3,109 fans at Baxter Arena Randy Reed added a career-high 21 points for the Mavs, while Jake White scored 18 and Tra-Deon Hollins 16.
UNO honored seniors Patterson, Reed, White, Kyler Erickson and Tim Smallwood during a pregame ceremony on senior night.
Mavericks coach Derrin Hansen said getting a win on senior night was important, especially this year with the Mavs finally eligible to play in their first conference tournament since transitioning to Division I.
"We have five guys who have done a lot for our basketball program on and off the floor," Hansen said. "They came here, you know, we're telling them our vision, and we're not eligible.
"They believed in it and came here and flourished, and so we're very happy with all of those guys."
The Mavericks almost squandered a 19-point lead with 7:23 remaining in the game, and while the Mavs' high-octane offensive style might be fun for fans and players, Hansen said that may not translate into Summit League tournament success.
He said in order for the team to accomplish what it wants, it'll need to shore up its defensive play.
"We can't give up easy ones," Hansen said. "Our defensive transition was not very good. Our guarding the bounce was not very good.
"Do we have enough to overcome it? Yes. Is that enough to get us what we want next week? No."
Up 43-38 at halftime, the Mavs (18-12, 10-6 Summit League) opened the second half on a 12-4 run, capped by a Patterson 3-pointer that made it 55-42 with 16:18 remaining.
The UNO lead ballooned to 86-67 with 7:23 left on a 3-pointer by White, but the Golden Eagles outscored the Mavericks 32-16 the rest of the way.
Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said giving a team such as UNO a 19-point lead usually doesn't end well.
"If we would have competed like we did the last seven minutes the first 32 or 33 minutes, we probably would have won the game," Sutton said.
Oral Roberts' Jalen Bradley, who earned All-Nebraska honors at Norfolk High and played briefly for UNO before transferring to Norfolk Community College, scored 11 points for the Golden Eagles (14-15, 6-9).
The Summit League tournament begins Saturday in Sioux Falls.
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