White scores 17 as Nebraska-Omaha beats D-III Simpson 81-71

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Jake White scored 17 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Tre'Shawn Thurman had 10 points and a career-high 14 boards to help Nebraska-Omaha beat Simpson (Iowa) 81-71 Wednesday night.

Kyler Erickson scored a career-high 13 and Tim Smallwood had 10 points for Omaha (6-5). The Mavericks outrebounded Simpson 56-33, including 23-5 on the offensive glass.

White scored the final six points in an 8-0 run to give Omaha a 35-20 lead with 8:16 left in the first half. Simpson's Austin Turner hit a 3 just more than a minute later but the Storm went scoreless for five-plus minutes as the Mavericks pushed their lead to 27 with 1:55 left before halftime.

Omaha shot just 41 percent from the field and made 14 of 25 free throws. Simpson was 2 of 2 from the line.

Ryan Skaar scored 18 - all on 3-pointers - to lead Simpson, a Division III school.

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