Nebraska 80, Omaha 67
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska posted an 80-67 come-from-behind win over Omaha on Tuesday.
Shavon Shields scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Huskers. Shields scored 21 of those points in the first half to pull Nebraska out of a first half deficit and into a lead it never relinquished.
Nebraska (3-1) trailed by as many as 16 early but opened up a double-digit lead late in the first half.
Omaha (2-2) cut the Nebraska lead to 47-43 on C.J. Carter's layup with 13:15 left.
Shields then hit Nebraska's first field goal of the second half and followed that with a 3-pointer to push the Husker lead back to 52-43 with 12:25 remaining. Nebraska went up 61-50 on Shields 3-pointer with 9 minutes left. Omaha didn't get any closer down the stretch.
Omaha opened the game hot, hitting eight of its first nine shots, four of them 3-pointers, in the first five minutes to take a 23-7 lead. Nebraska, which made just 1 of its first 10 free throws, stormed back with a 23-2 run to take a 30-25 lead on Terran Petteway's breakaway dunk with 6:21 remaining in the half.
The Huskers never trailed again, going up 40-29 after a pair of Shields free throws with 2:36 left in the half. Omaha scored just 11 points in the final 15 minutes of the first half.
"I thought we needed a quick start and we got that," said Omaha coach Derrin Hansen. "I thought our guys played with a lot of confidence. I thought defensively, we were really dialed in. As the first half wore on, we weren't quite as good on our switches.... The second half, I liked our fight."
Devin Patterson had 20 points to lead Omaha. Carter finished with 13 points for the Mavericks and Tyus had 12.
Petteway had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Tai Webster added 10, all of them in the second half, for Nebraska.
Louisiana-Lafayette 76, Oral Roberts 52
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kasey Shepherd, who missed just one shot all night, scored 22 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 76-52 victory over Oral Roberts in the MGM Grand Main Event on Tuesday night.
Shepherd, who made 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, was almost perfect as he made 7 of 8 field goal attempts and hit all four free throw attempts. He also pulled down six rebounds and had five assists and three steals.
Devonta Walker had 13 points and Brian Williams chipped in 11 for the Ragin' Cajuns (2-3).
Louisiana-Lafayette had a 36-25 lead at the half. Oral Roberts closed to 37-29, but Kasey Shepherd nailed a 3-point jumper that started a 13-3 run for a 21-point lead with 9:36 left. The Ragin' Cajuns had an 11-2 run later that sealed the victory.
Denell Henderson had 15 points and Korey Billbury added 13 for Oral Roberts (1-3).
North Dakota State 64, Minnesota-Crookston 63
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Kory Brown sank the winning free throw with 2 seconds remaining to lift North Dakota State to a 64-63 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday night.
Leading by double digits, North Dakota State (3-2) saw its advantage vanish in the final minutes of the game as Minnesota-Crookston closed the gap on a 10-0 run to tie it at 63-all on a 3-pointer by John Huges with 24 second left.
Hughes then fouled Brown with 2 seconds left, setting up the game-winner. Brown sank his first shot from the free throw line and missed his second but it was enough to cement the win.
A.J. Jacobson led North Dakota State with 18 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Dexter Werner contributed 15 points and Brown finished with 13.
Minnesota-Crookston was led Tyler West Jr., who scored 12 points and hit 3 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Drake 73, IUPUI 60
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Enevold Jensen scored 10 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead Drake to its first win of the season with a 73-60 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night.
Drake (1-3) opened with a 9-2 spurt to capture a lead it never relinquished, then took control with a 13-2 run early in the second half that included a Chris Caird 3-pointer and was capped with an Envold Jensen layup that made it 47-27 with 16:12 to play.
Reed Timmer contributed 12 points and C.J. Rivers added 11 points for Drake, which shot 60.9 percent from the floor to snap a four-game skid stretching back to last season. It was Enevold Jensen's first career double-double.
IUPUI (2-3) came into the game after a 71-69 overtime win Saturday over Ball State but hit just 20 of 56 from the floor Tuesday and had no players in double figures.
William & Mary 83, Western Illinois 49
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lead William & Mary to an 83-49 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday night.
William & Mary (4-1) took control with a 24-0 run that included 3-pointers from Thornton and Daniel Dixon to close out the first period and take a 48-15 advantage into the break. The Tribe, which shot 52.7 percent from the floor, then held Western Illinois (1-3) at bay over the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
Dixon and Terry Tarpey contributed 14 points apiece in the win, marking just the seventh time since 1960 the Tribe has opened the season with a 4-1 record. Omar Prewitt added 13 points.
Western Illinois kept pace after the break but couldn't trim the gap.
Garret Covington led the Leathernecks with 13 points and six rebounds.