Nebraska-Omaha defeats South Dakota 96-83

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Devin Patterson and Jake White combined for 50 points as Nebraska-Omaha cruised past South Dakota 96-83 on Saturday to remain in the thick of a three-team Summit League title chase.

Patterson scored 26 and White 24. Tre'Shawn Thurman added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots and Tim Smallwood added 12 points off the bench for Omaha (15-8, 7-2).

The Mavericks shot 31-for-62 from the field for 50 percent - upping the average to 63-percent for a stretch of the second half.

Tyler Flack scored a season-high 14 points off the bench, and Shy McClelland also scored 14 in reserve for South Dakota (10-13, 2-7).

Omaha rebounded from a Thursday loss to Summit co-leader South Dakota State and fell earlier in January to co-leader IPFW.

South Dakota State also won on Saturday to remain tied with Omaha atop the Summit League, IPFW plays Sunday.

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