Akinwole’s late shot gets Omaha past Purdue Fort Wayne 61-59
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Ayo Akinwole made a layup with 3.4 seconds left and Nebraska Omaha held off Purdue Fort Wayne’s late surge for a 61-59 victory on Thursday night.
KJ Robinson and JT Gibson scored 12 points apiece for Nebraska Omaha (14-14, 7-6 Summit League), which ended its four-game road losing streak. Matt Pile added four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Akinwole finished with six points and three steals.
The Mavericks improve to 2-0 against the Mastodons for the season. Nebraska Omaha defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 75-71 on Jan. 25. Nebraska Omaha takes on Western Illinois on the road on Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne faces Denver at home on Wednesday.