Denver 74, Omaha 60
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Bryant Rucker set career-highs with 19 points, five rebounds and four 3-pointers made as Denver beat Omaha 74-60 Thursday night.
Rucker hit 7 of 9 from the field, Marcus Byrd scored 16 and Brett Olson added 15 points and five assists. Cam Griffin finished with 13 points for Denver (9-10, 2-2 Summit League), which shot season-highs from the floor (62.5 percent) and from 3-point range (52.6 percent).
John Karhoff paced the Mavericks with 18 points and five assists. No other player reached double figures for Omaha (11-8, 1-3), which was held to more than 22 points below its season scoring average (82.3) and made just 4 of 15 3-point shots.
The Pioneers took a 44-32 lead into halftime.The loss was the first for Omaha on its home floor this season and its 60 points was its lowest output of the season.
Western Illinois 79, South Dakota 61
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Garret Covington scored 21 points to lead hot-shooting Western Illinois to a 79-61 win over South Dakota on Thursday to give Jim Molinari his 300th win as a head coach.
The Leathernecks (8-11, 2-2 Summit League) hit 7 of 10 3-pointers on the way to a 62 percent shooting night and made 16 of 18 free throws. Jabari Sandifer had 13 points and Michael Ochereobia and Tate Stensgaard added 10 apiece.
Tyler Flack led the Coyotes (8-10, 3-1), which shot just 38.5 percent, with 11 points, Brandon Bos and Adam Thoseby had 10 each.Western Illinois out-rebounded South Dakota by 15, limiting the Coyotes to 19 boards.
The Leathernecks were leading 15-14 12 minutes into the game but then went on an 11-0 run. Jordan Foster started it with a 3 and ended it with a layup. In between, Covington knocked two consecutive 3's.
It was 33-21 at the break.