The South Carolina State Bulldogs (2-5) dropped a tough, 83-67, defeat to the Mavericks of Omaha (Nebraska) Monday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Sophomore forward Daryll Palmer finished with a team-high 14 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Devin Joint added 10 in the loss.
The Mavericks had four players in double figures with junior forward Mike Rostampour leading the way with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, junior guard CJ Carter added 17 while senior center John Karhoff chipped in 13.
"I have to take my hat off to Omaha (Nebraska) they are a great team and one of the better teams on this level," said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. "We didn't respond well when things didn't go our way and that hurt us down the stretch."
SC State jumped on to an early five point lead, 33-28, off a layup by Palmer at the 6:21 mark. The Mavericks cut tied the game on a layup by Rostampour and pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Devin Patterson.
Rostampour's dunk with 0:57 seconds remaining in the first-half to give Omaha a 43-40 advantage. Palmer cut the lead to one with a tip-in to close out the half.
The second-half belong to the Mavericks opening up an 11-point lead, 50-61, off a 3-pointer by Rostampour's. Omaha out-rebounded SC State 34-17, while committing game-high 17 turnovers in the process.
Garvin stated, "We have to take care of the basketball and let the game come to us. We have a long way to go in this program and we will get better as long as we stay together."
SC State returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on ACC foe Clemson University in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is 7 p.m.