BROOKINGS, S.D. — UNO erased a double-digit deficit during the first half Saturday. The Mavs weren’t able to duplicate the feat after halftime.
South Dakota State used a 24-5 run spanning both halves to take control for an 81-64 win at Frost Arena.
The Mavericks (12-13 overall) went 0-3 this week after dropping home games to South Dakota and North Dakota State. While UNO fell to 5-5 in the Summit League, NDSU, SDSU and South Dakota hold down the top three spots in front of the Mavs.
South Dakota State went on an early 16-1 run to put UNO in a 21-8 hole eight minutes into the game. But the Mavs made five 3-pointers over the next eight minutes, pulling even at 33-33 with 2:56 left in the half. KJ Robinson, who scored a team-high 20 points, capped the burst with back-to-back 3s.
UNO had a chance to take the lead, but turned the ball over on its next two possessions. SDSU’s David Wingett, a Winnebago graduate who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists, then hit a 3-pointer with 1:16 left, and Douglas Wilson added two layups to make it 40-33 at halftime.
The Jackrabbits continued to pull away to start the second half.
While UNO made two field goals in the first eight minutes after the break, SDSU outscored the Mavs 17-5, stretching the lead to 57-38.
UNO, which beat the Jackrabbits by three in December, trailed by at least 15 the rest of the way.
The Mavs shot 32.3% from the field and committed 11 turnovers in the second half.
Wilson led South Dakota State (18-8, 9-2) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Alex Arians and Matt Dentlinger added 19 points each. The Jackrabbits shot 51.7% from the field while UNO shot 36.7%.
Marlon Ruffin added 14 points off the bench for the Mavs, and Matt Pile finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. It was his ninth double-double this season.
UNO plays at Oral Roberts on Wednesday. The Mavs’ next four games are against teams with losing records in league play.