Omaha dumps North Dakota State 96-92, blunts title hopes
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Marcus Tyus scored 27 points and Omaha withstood a frantic finish to beat North Dakota State 96-92 Saturday and ruined the Bison’s chance to earn the top seed to the Summit League Conference Tournament.
South Dakota (21-10, 12-4) earned the title outright with a 92-85 win over IUPUI not long before Omaha’s (16-13, 9-7) win.
North Dakota State (19-10, 11-5) enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed.
In a tangle, the Bison’s Paul Miller and Omaha’s Trae-Deon Hollins and Zach Jackson were assessed technical fouls.
After Miller sank two technical foul shots, the Mavericks turned the ball over and Dexter Werner threw down a dunk and North Dakota State trailed 93-90 with 13 seconds left before Tyus sealed the game with a free throw.
The Mavericks led 47-41 at halftime before going on a 17-5 run and led 64-46 on Tre’Shawn Thurman’s dunk with 13:51 left. Tyus made a pair of free throws with 1:27 left and the Mavericks led by 10 before the Bison fought back.
Miller scored 32 points and Werner had 25.