VERMILLION, S.D. — Stanley Umude was picked as the Summit League preseason player of the year in October, and he played like it in crunch time Saturday.

Umude scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the final 13 minutes to lead South Dakota to a 91-81 win over UNO.

The Mavericks were the last Summit League team without a league loss and were looking for their second road win in four days.

The were sharp in the first half, shooting 67.9% (19 of 28) from the field. UNO, though, only led 45-43 at halftime.

Then there were seven lead changes in the first nine minutes of the second half with Marlon Ruffin’s 3-pointer giving UNO a 66-61 advantage with 9:58 left.

But South Dakota took the lead for good at 74-72 when the 6-foot-6 Umude converted a three-point play at the 5:04 mark. On South Dakota’s next two possessions, Umude made two free throws and a 3-pointer.

UNO closed to 80-78 on Zach Thornhill’s jumper with 2:43 left, but Tyler Hagedorn sank two free throws on South Dakota’s next possession before Triston Simpson made a layup as the Coyotes regained their six-point lead. South Dakota hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final 2:25.

Hagedorn, from Norfolk, added 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Coyotes. Lincoln North Star grad Simpson had 10 points, three assists and three steals.

KJ Robinson led five Mavs in double figures with 20 points. Wanjang Tut added 13 points and five rebounds. JT Gibson (12), Ruffin (11) and Matt Pile (10) also were in double digits.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for UNO, which shot 52.5% for the game. The Mavs had won their previous 18 games when shooting at least 50%.

South Dakota shot 56.5% (13 of 23) from the field after halftime.

UNO looks to bounce back when it plays at Denver next Saturday.


Meet the 2019-20 UNO men's basketball team

Get the headlines from Creighton, Nebraska, UNO, high schools and other area teams.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Recommended for you

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.