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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) – An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.
Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.
Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.
Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.
Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.
The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.
With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 16-11 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State notched its sixth straight win to improve to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in the conference.
Kate Cain led the Huskers with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Sam Haiby added 12 points. Leigha Brown contributed nine points, including NU's first three of the game to open the fourth quarter. Trailing 53-33 at the end of three quarters, Brown helped spark a 12-3 Nebraska surge that included a three-pointer from Haiby that cut OSU's lead to 56-45 with six minutes left. The Huskers had multiple possessions to trim the Buckeye lead to single digits by holding Ohio State scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth period.
But led by 16 points and 16 rebounds from Dorka Juhasz for the game, the Buckeyes maintained a double-digit lead for the second half. Braxtin Miller added 13 points for the Buckeyes, while Aaliyah Patty pitched in 11 points and seven boards.
Nebraska hit just 34.4 percent (21-61) from the field, including 2-for-20 from three-point range, while hitting 8-of-9 free throws. Ohio State connected on 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots, including 8-of-21 threes. OSU out-rebounded NU 44-38 and won the turnover battle 16-14.
In a possession game early, the two defenses dominated to send the teams to the second quarter tied at 12. The Huskers got back-to-back buckets from Haiby and Cain to take a 16-14 lead with 8:14 left, before Juhasz took over on offense and the Ohio State defense silenced Nebraska for five minutes. The Buckeyes took full advantage with a 14-0 run fueled by by nine points from Juhasz during the surge.
Trailing 28-16, Nebraska stopped the run with a jumper from the elbow by Hannah Whitish as the shot clock expired. The Huskers then cut the margin to 28-20 after a jumper by Haiby, but the Buckeyes scored the final five points of the half to take their biggest lead at 33-20.
Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 12 points, all in the second quarter, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half. Rebeka Mikulasikova and Kierstan Bell each had five points off the bench in the half to help OSU, which hit 38.9 percent (14-36) of its first-half shots including 60 percent (9-15) in the second quarter. Ohio State out-rebounded Nebraska 26-23 in the half and won the turnover battle, 7-5, in the first 20 minutes.
Nebraska shot hit just 28.6 percent (10-35) of its first-half shots, including 0-of-13 three-pointers. The Huskers also did not shoot a free throw. Cain led Nebraska with four points, six rebounds and a block in the half, while Brown and Haiby each contributed four points.
The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off against Illinois is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.