ORANGEBURG, S.C. — John Karhoff became the 34th player in UNO men's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points and was part of a strong inside game for the Mavericks in an 83-67 victory Monday night over South Carolina State.
Karhoff, a 6-foot-8 senior from Omaha Creighton Prep, had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for UNO, while starting frontcourt partner Mike Rostampour added season highs of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Mavs beat the Bulldogs for the second time in six nights to improve to 4-3.
Guards CJ Carter (17 points) and Devin Patterson (11) also scored in double figures for the Mavs, who played a second full game without star wing Justin Simmons. Simmons was injured in the opening minute of the Mavs' blowout of South Carolina State last Tuesday.
The Mavs outrebounded South Carolina State 34-27 for their biggest rebound margin of the season, while winning the board battle for just the second time. UNO also shot 51.8 percent from the field — its second-best figure of the season — while shooting a season-best 42.1 percent (8 of 19) from 3-point range.
Rostampour, a 6-8 junior, was 7 for 11 from the field and made 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
South Carolina State (2-5) was led by Daryll Palmer's 14 points and six rebounds, while Devin Joint added 10 points. Matt Hezekiah, the Bulldogs' 6-11 all-conference center, was held to seven points.
UNO trailed for most of the first half, though never by more than five points.
After taking a 43-42 halftime lead, the Mavs pushed the lead to 58-49 early in the second half on a 3 by Marcus Tyus and to 61-50 on a 3 by Rostampour. Two baskets by Karhoff capped a 10-0 run that made it 68-50.
UNO eventually led by 24 points at 76-52.