The Omaha men’s basketball team saw its championship hopes slip away Tuesday night, falling 73-63 to North Dakota State in the Summit League final at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
NDSU, which improves to 18-15 (9-7 Summit League), advances to the NCAA Tournament with the league’s automatic bid.
Matt Pile collected his team-leading ninth double-double of the year on 12 points and a game-best 14 rebounds with 6-of-12 shooting.
Mitch Hahn scored a team-high 16 points with seven rebounds, and Zach Jackson added 15 points with three 3-pointers. KJ Robinson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and a team-leading three assists.
Vinnie Shahid led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Tyson Ward had 15 points and a team-high seven boards, and Cameron Hunter hit 3-of-3 from long range en route to 12 points off the bench.