A rough start to the weekend turned into a big finish for the University of Saint Mary men’s basketball team.
After losing a second straight game Saturday to Peru State College, 86-84 in overtime, the Spires bounced back in a big way.
Traveling to Omaha, Neb., USM faced NCAA Division I opponent University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday in an exhibition match-up.
Following an 11-point halftime deficit, the Spires rallied to knock off its hosts 96-86.
“This was by far the biggest win in my career, and I think it’s the biggest in our school’s history, if not the KCAC,” USM head coach Jon Bishop said afterwards.
Led by Jordan Wilcox, who had 20 points after going 5-for-9 from 3-point land, Saint Mary poured in 58 second-half point as four players finished in double-figures.
Shiron Williams added 18 points, JEB Greenberg contributed 15 and Matt Heydman added 13.
Heydman added a team-leading six rebounds, while Williams had five steals.
The team shot 73 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 59 percent from the floor.
"Even though that game doesn’t help us in the W/L column, I’m hoping it wakes some guys up and gets them to really understand how good we can be if we just compete and buy into what our staff is teaching them,” Bishop said. “We need to start playing better and hopefully this will help us do that.”