UNO will continue its road swing Saturday aiming for a better start.
The Mavs (1-2) faced double-digit deficits at halftime in their first two outings on this five-game road trip, yet they made key adjustments after the break both nights.
They were plus-19 after halftime against the Cardinals, then outscored the Wildcats by one point in the second half.
Now UNO, playing without its two top returning scorers (La’Mel Robinson and Wanjang Tut), faces a Montana (1-2) team coming off a 79-77 defeat at North Dakota.
One of the Mavericks who’s stepped up has been junior Kyle Luedtke, who scored a career-high 16 points at Kansas State on Wednesday and leads the team in scoring (12.0 ppg.).
The Omaha Creighton Prep product scored 52 total points last season. But during the offseason, he worked on his game — and his tone-setting and leadership. Luedtke was a standout all October in practice, coach Derrin Hansen said.
“Kyle Luedtke has really shown his voice this year — I think he’s been fantastic,” Hansen said last month.
Projected starting lineups
G Sam'i Roe, 6-1, Sr., 7.7 ppg
G Felix Lemetti, 6-1, Jr., 7.0
G Marco Smith, 6-2, Sr., 7.7
F Frankie Fidler, 6-7, Fr., 10.0
F Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, 6-7, Sr., 6.7
G Brandon Whitney, 6-1, So., 13.7
G Robby Beasley III, 6-3, So., 4.3
G Lonnell Martin, 6-4, Jr., 4.0
F Josh Bannan, 6-9, So., 10.0
F Mack Anderson, 6-9, Sr., 2.7