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February 20, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Men’s Basketball – Game #28 Recap – Chicago State

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Omaha Mavericks,Recaps — Jon Green @ 2:03 am

Omaha showed a couple different sides on Thursday night. One side came out hot and held leads of 12-2 and 36-25 in a dominant first half.

Another side gave up a 5-0 run to end the first half, a 6-0 run to start the 2nd half, and a 12-0 run to put Chicago State up 9 five minutes into the 2nd half.

Eventually the first side came back and a 14-0 Omaha run starting with 5:06 to go proved decisive as it left Omaha up seven with 1:53 left and gave the Mavericks the margin they needed to scrape through a final two minutes that featured intense pressure from Chicago State and a lot of chances to make mistakes for Omaha.

When Omaha is clicking this is a really talented offensive group who is starting to figure out what they can do defensively to give teams problems. That group was on display a lot on Thursday and the final five minutes was a very impressive stretch. They had not looked good to start the 2nd half and Chicago State clearly wanted it more. Omaha was getting beat to lose balls and completely outhustled by the Bobcats.

Omaha turned to a familiar face as Justin Simmons would take the ball to the hoop several times as Omaha needed baskets. He delivered on the offensive side and a switch to the zone defense and some strong team effort there allowed the Mavericks to overcome the deficit. It was incredible just how quickly Omaha flipped the switch and it made you wonder where that team had been all of the second half.

When Omaha wasn’t clicking in the 2nd half it was a surprising performance by Caleb Steffensmeier that kept them in it. Steffensmeier hit three pointers while Omaha was down nine, down eight, and finally down six over a five minute stretcher where he scored nine of Omaha’s 13 points. It’s safe to say if Steffensmeier wasn’t locked in during that stretch Omaha would have had a really hard time finding their way back into this one.

Omaha was beaten solidly inside as they saw Chicago State with a 44-26 advantage in the paint. The Bobcats had a 16-8 offensive rebound advantage but it only led to a 13-9 advantage in 2nd chance points.

It was the 2nd straight impressive finish for Omaha after they didn’t quit down 22 at IUPUI and fought back. I wondered where that team was during the 2nd half tonight, and eventually it showed up and made the difference. Now Omaha has locked up 10 wins for the season and has a home game with North Dakota coming on Saturday.

It was Over When: When Justin Simmons was fouled and hit a FT to put Omaha up seven with 22 seconds left I had this one as over.

Player of the Game: Justin Simmons was absolutely huge for Omaha in the 2nd half. After putting up just six points in the first half he exploded for 20 in the second half to rally Omaha as they got down by as many as nine. Simmons ended up 6-13 but put so much pressure on the Chicago State defense that he made 13 trips to the FT line, hitting 11. Simmons hit three triples, including one late to push Omaha up by seven. Simmons added six rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks.

Season Total:
Justin Simmons (8)
John Karhoff (7)
Matt Hagerbaumer (4)
Alex Welhouse (4)
Alex Phillips (1)
Caleb Steffensmeier (1)
CJ Carter (1)
Marcus Tyus (1)
Tyler Egli (1)

Efficiency Ratings:
Justin Simmons – 24
C.J. Carter – 16
Caleb Steffensmeier – 16
Alex Phillips – 7
Matt Hagerbaumer – 6
John Karhoff – 6
Alex Welhouse – 3
Jacques Coleman – 1
Tyler Egli – 0
Marcus Tyus – 0

Season Average:
Justin Simmons – 12.9
John Karhoff – 11.8
C.J. Carter – 9.0
Alex Welhouse – 7.9
Alex Phillips – 6.8
Matt Hagerbaumer – 5.9
Marcus Tyus – 5.2
Caleb Steffensmeier – 4.9
Koang Doluony – 3.1
Jacques Coleman – 2.3
Simon Krych – 1.7
Tyler Egli – 1.6

Team Ratings:
Nicely paced game and the ppp numbers aren’t awful. Omaha wasn’t as effective on offense as they have been in some other games but defensively this wasn’t bad for them. The Mavericks shot well, didn’t turn it over a ton, and passed the ball well. They were excellent at getting to the FT line but were not good on either the offensive or defensive glass.

Possessions: 71
Offensive Points per Possession : 1.12
Defensive Points per Possession : 1.02
eFG%: 57.7%
Turnover Rate: 18.3%
Offensive Rebounding: 21.4%
Defensive Rebounding: 60.6%
A/B%: 68.0%
Floor%: 47.7%
FT Prod: 36.5

Response to 3 things to watch:
1) CJ Carter’s Impact – CJ played a real solid game for Omaha and there’s no doubt that his 15 points, four assists and two steals were a big part of Omaha’s win. Could someone else have stepped up and provided the spark, possibly, but CJ was playing and definitely made an impact in this one as Omaha’s 2nd guard who could create.

2.) Karhoff/Welhouse vs. Ross/Robinson – Karhoff and Welhouse struggled a bit against as they only took 11 combined shots and scored 12 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Ross had a strong game with 15 points and five rebounds but Jeremy Robinson had a quiet five points and one rebound in 18 minutes. In his place off the bench Aaron Williams had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The size of Chicago State was clearly a tough problem for UNO, thankfully Omaha’s guards did their share.

3.) Good start – There was no rust as Omaha led this one 12-2 within the first four minutes. If anything Omaha looked at times like they thought they were going to run away with this one as twice in the first half they had double digit leads they let slip away.

Prediction Response: I thought this one would be a little easier of a win but Omaha really didn’t play well for stretches and this game was definitely not the best played, keeping the score down some.

Upcoming Opponent: Omaha hosts North Dakota on Saturday in the BracketBusters matchup. These two schools last met for the NCC Championship in 2008, Omaha emerging the victor.

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