JT Gibson and KJ Robinson scored 17 points apiece as the Mavericks maintained a lead throughout the second half in a 66-62 victory over North Dakota.

UNO went into Wednesday 8-0 in home games and 1-8 on the road. But the first road win since Nov. 21 improved UNO to a league-best 3-0, while North Dakota dropped to 2-1. The only other unbeaten team in league play is 2-0 North Dakota State.

UNO took a 39-32 halftime lead after scoring the last 12 points of the half. Robinson scored six of those points.

The Mavericks then stretched the lead to 47-37 with less than 14 minutes left and were still up 58-50 after a Gibson basket at the 6:12 mark.

North Dakota closed the gap with an 8-1 run, pulling within 59-58 on two Marlon Stewart free throws. Stewart led all scorers with 22 points.

Gibson missed a 3-pointer on UNO’s next possession, but Marlon Ruffin grabbed the offensive rebound. Then Robinson delivered the biggest shot of the night, draining a 3-pointer from the left wing with 47.6 seconds left.

UNO hit just 4 of 8 free throws after that, but North Dakota never got closer than four.

After scoring only two before halftime, Ruffin had a big second half for the Mavs with eight points and seven rebounds. Matt Pile finished with a team-high 11 rebounds, the 10th time this season he’s had double-digit rebounds.

UNO held North Dakota, which entered averaging a league-leading 77 points per game, to 34.5% shooting from the field. UNO has won 11 straight in the series against North Dakota.

UNO, which is on a four-game winning streak, returns to action Saturday at South Dakota.

UNO........................... 39 27—66

At North Dakota......... 32 30—62

A: 1,415. Officials: Chris Beaver, Robert Felder, Michael Griffith.


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