There’s at least one good thing about having interchangeable parts at the wing position. When one goes down, there are some quality options to plug into the equation. UNO played without scoring leader CJ Carter because of a hamstring injury, but Marcus Tyus and Justin Simmons, starting together for the first time this season, paced the Mavericks’ perimeter play in an 88-66 victory over IUPUI. The Mavs snapped a season-high four-game losing streak Thursday night before 983 at Ralston Arena. “We’re used to playing with one another, so it’s really not a big deal,” Tyus said. Tyus and Simmons have shared one starting spot in a Mav lineup that has otherwise been constant all season. But Carter, averaging 13.7 points, was injured last Saturday against Denver and couldn’t heal quickly enough to play. He watched the game in street clothes. “CJ has a definite chance to play Saturday,” UNO coach Derrin Hansen said. “He’s made some really good strides, and I saw him do some things at shootaround (earlier Thursday) that I didn’t think he could get to this quickly.” UNO (16-13, 5-8 Summit League) plays Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne on Saturday in its regular-season finale. The Mavs guaranteed themselves a winning record in their third season of transition to Division I, and kept alive their hopes of being selected to play in a postseason tournament. “Great team win,” Hansen said. “We needed it. The guys really bonded together. And hopefully now we’ll have some momentum.” Senior center John Karhoff didn’t practice until Thursday’s shootaround after a knee-on-knee collision during the Denver game, but was still available for 22 minutes. UNO had only nine players, and used an eight-man rotation. “We definitely had some different lineups in there than what we’ve had,” Hansen said.
Mavs run away from IUPUI in second half
Omaha World-Herald | Feb 28