INDIANAPOLIS — UNO guard Tra-Deon Hollins found little satisfaction Wednesday night in putting his name in the Summit League record book.
The junior from Omaha Central had four steals in the Mavericks’ 88-76 loss to IUPUI. That pushed his nation-leading total to 111 and tied the league record for steals in a season that Cleveland State’s Ken Robertson set in 1988-89.
“I’m a team player, and I would have rather had this win,’’ Hollins said. “Tying a record means nothing to me at this point. I would rather have won this game.’’
IUPUI regains earlier form
IUPUI snapped a three-game losing skid that had taken some luster off the Jaguars’ 7-2 start to league play. The three losses came on the road at Denver, South Dakota State and Oral Roberts.
“It was good for us to get back home and get in a comfortable environment,’’ IUPUI coach Jason Gardner said. “I thought even when we were struggling those last couple games, we were taking good shots, and they weren’t falling.’’
The Jaguars’ shots fell against UNO: They made 55.6 percent of their field-goal attempts. They shot 55.2 percent in the first 20 minutes in building a 42-27 lead and 56 percent in the second half in holding off the Mavericks.
The Jaguars did commit 19 turnovers that helped produce a 27-11 advantage for UNO in points off turnovers.
“For the most part, I thought we handled their pressure fairly well,’’ Gardner said. “We had some turnovers, but that’s how they want to play. They want to turn you over and get out in transition.’’
Big challenge awaits Saturday night
The Mavericks will stay in Indiana as they face a Saturday game against IPFW, which shares the Summit lead with South Dakota State.
UNO came into Wednesday’s game a half-game behind the league co-leaders. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 9-5, a game behind with two regular-season games to play.
“What was really disappointing about tonight was that we were coming off a week that we were really good,’’ UNO coach Derrin Hansen said. “For some reason, we weren’t on point tonight, but we better be on point Saturday against Fort Wayne because it won’t get any easier.’’
UNO forward Jake White said the Mavericks need to lock in on the scouting report they get for Saturday’s game.
“We didn’t follow the game plan tonight,’’ White said. “We get a good plan from Coach, and we have to do our part as players and follow through on it.
“That’s definitely disappointing. It’s not like we didn’t make enough shots to win that game, but we just didn’t click tonight.’’