ROCHESTER, Mich. — The UNO men’s basketball team made a season-high-tying 11 3-pointers but was unable to come away with a win on Thursday night, falling 91-79 to Oakland.
Junior guard Justin Simmons paced the Mavs (4-13, 1-4 Summit League) with a game-high 24 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the field with four 3-pointers. He added a 4-for-4 showing at the free-throw line along with three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
Junior center John Karhoff also finished in double figures, totaling 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
Senior forward Alex Welhouse chipped in nine points — on three 3-pointers — and a team-leading six rebounds. Junior guard Alex Phillips matched Welhouse with nine points, adding three boards, three assists and a steal.
The Mavs hung tough with Oakland in the first half, hitting eight 3-pointers to tie their season-best for a half. The teams combined to make 15 first-half 3s, with Simmons, Welhouse and the Golden Grizzlies’ Travis Bader knocking down three apiece.
The Mavs took their first lead at 29-28 on a 3-pointer from junior guard Caleb Steffensmeier with 8:25 left in the first half.
But Oakland responded with a 10-0 run and led 48-38 with less than three minutes left in the half. UNO kept it close, trailing 50-42 at halftime.
The Mavs cut it to a four-point margin in the opening minutes of the second half, aided by Simmons’ fourth 3-pointer and a dunk by Phillips. Oakland then returned its lead to double digits and used an 11-2 run to surge ahead 80-62, effectively sealing the game.
All five starters for Oakland (7-9, 2-1) finished with double-figure scoring efforts, led by Drew Valentine’s double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists and two steals.
Ryan Bass added 20 points, followed by Bader (19), Duke Mondy (18) and Corey Petros (16). Bader hit five 3-pointers, and Mondy added nine assists and six steals.
As a team, UNO shot 55 percent (30 of 55) from the field and 50 percent (11 of 22) from 3-point range. Oakland finished 51 percent (35 of 69) from the floor and 38 percent (11 of 29) from beyond the arc.