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UNK WBB:Lopers beat Hornets for first time in 18 years

Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney's veteran trio scored 60 points and three freshmen came up big as well as the Lopers beat Emporia State, 84-79,Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

The streaking Lopers (18-3, 10-3) have won seven straight and nine of 10 to be tied with Pittsburg State for second place in the MIAA. UNK is now 12-0 on the Buckle Court and 11-0 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Emporia (13-7, 8-5), coming off its worst loss in 23 years, has dropped four of five and sees an eight-game win streak over UNK end. The Lopers hadn't beaten the Hornets, a perennial MIAA and NCAA Division II power, since the 1999-00 season.

Like Thursday night against Washburn, Kearney led over the final 30 minutes but still had to fight until the end. Shooting over 50 percent in each of the first three quarters, the Lopers led by as many as 11 points and then sunk 18 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep Emporia at bay.

"Every win in the MIAA feels good but I think this one, especially for players like McKenzie (Brown) and Michaela (Brown) that have played Emporia several times, this one is satisfying. We've struggled against them in the past and we were able to get one today," said UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey.

The Hornets out rebounded the Lopers 43-29 and tallied 22 of its points off 17 o-boards. Holding UNK to 2 of 10 shooting over the final 10 minutes, Emporia went on a 9-2 run to make it a 71-67 score with 4:36 left.

Reserve freshman guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) countered 25 seconds later with her second and final bucket of the game, a driving layup that broke down the Hornet defense. UNK didn't make another basket but went 11 of 14 at the line to keep at least a five-point cushion.

"She does some really good things for our team. Defensively, Adreon is really good on the ball and gives us some athleticism at the end. Offensively, she is explosive, can get to the rim and is a good shooter. She has given us a boost the last several games," said Eighmey.

Scoring 16 points off 16 ESU turnovers, UNK ended the day 28 of 37 (76 percent) at the line. Individually, senior guard Michaela Barry (21 points, four assists and four rebounds), senior wing McKenzie Brown (25 points and six boards) and graduate transfer Alyssa Frauendorfer (14 points, three rebounds, and two assists) went for 60 points thanks to 26 of 29 free throwing shooting and a 14 of 36 effort (6 of 10 threes) from the field

"McKenzie was incredible today. I can't say enough good things about what she has done over the course of her career. This year, she's stepped into some roles that maybe weren't in her comfort zone. She's willing to do whatever the team needs her to do," said Eighmey.

In 16 minutes, Bell had five points and hounded the Hornets defensively. Fellow reserve freshman KyleIgh Vaught (Smithton, Ill.) had two rebounds, one assist and drew a foul at a key point in the first half and freshman starting guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) joined Brown as Lopers to go all 40 minutes. She tallied eight points, four boards and two assists.

Emporia had four starters and a reserve reach double figures. Starting guard Morgan Laudan (13 points and 11 rebounds) had a double double with reserve post Tiana Moala (10 points, five rebounds and two blocks) having a productive 15 minutes.

UNK heads to nationally-ranked Central Oklahoma on Thursday night. The Bronchos (17-5, 8-5) have dropped two straight and were swept by the Lopers last season.


UNK SB:Lopers drop final game in Vegas

Kearney, Neb. – The Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes took advantage of four walks to score eight runs in the second inning and went on to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 9-1 (5 innings),Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev.

This was the final game for the Lopers (1-4) at the ninth annual Desert Stinger Classic, hosted by Montana State-Billings.

CSUSB (5-0) managed only six hits off of two UNK hurlers but crossed home plate eight times in the second. Besides the base on balls, junior right fielder/catcher Dominique Walker had a two-run single up the middle in the big inning.

In the circle, junior Amanda Ramirez (3-0) fanned four and didn't walk a Loper to earn the win. She blanked UNK over the first four innings before seeing an unearned run score in the fifth.

For UNK, redshirt freshman right fielder Alexa Sidoti (Olathe, Kan.) went 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Kearney gets next weekend off before heading to Arkansas for the annual 8-State Classic February 16-18.


UNK MBB: Big 2nd half leads to win

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney men's basketball team got scoring from eight different players and shut down Emporia State in the second half to post a 70-57 winSaturday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The Lopers (10-12, 6-7) avenge a December loss to the Hornets (8-14, 3-10) who have dropped seven straight. UNK is now in a three-way tie for sixth place in the MIAA standings.

On "Loper Basketball Alumni" Night, it was the Hornets who came out fast. They never trailed in the first half, led by as many as 10 points and started the game 12 of 18 (67 percent) from the floor. However, UNK closed the half on a 7-2 run and then dominated the final 20 minutes.

"They came out swinging. They scored it pretty consistently in the first half but luckily we went in down only five," said UNK head coach Kevin Lofton. "We shot it a little bit better in the second half which helped fuel our defense. We also got Trey (Lansman) involved a bit more and that obviously helps everything."

The Lopers outscored E-State 38-20 after the break thanks to an even 50 percent (11 of 22) shooting. That included a 5 of 7 effort from the behind the arc and, as an added bonus, 11 of 14 free throwing shooting.

Meanwhile, Emporia shot an anemic 17 percent (5 of 30) in the second half. Going 1 of 10 from the three point line, the Hornets trailed for the last 18 minutes and never made a serious run down the stretch.

Winning the battle on the glass by nine, 42-33, UNK got 15 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and four assists from senior forward Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.). He was 9 of 10 at the line and one of two Lopers whistled for four fouls.

"They are doing everything (to stop Lansman). They biggest thing is they are doubling him or they deny him from catching the ball. If he's out on the perimeter and puts it on the floor, he's got the guy guarding him plus the guy in the gap."

Next, seven others were between six and nine points. That large group included York senior guard Ty Danielson (nine points and eight rebounds), Iowa sophomore reserve forward Kyle Juhl (eight points and three rebounds) and Minnesota freshman reserve post Weston Baker Magrath (six points, four rebounds and one block).

"The balance is exciting. Kyle hit a couple of shots, Isaiah made a couple of plays and Weston had a nice tip in when they were trying to come back," said Lofton. "Everyone contributed and now we have to build on that."

Emporia's two leading scorers on the year, guard Brandon Hall (15.1 ppg) and wing Stephaun Limuel (11.5 ppg), were held to 12 points on a combined 5 of 20 shooting. Forward Hassan Thomas tried to make up the difference by tallying 15 points, five boards, three steals and two blocks.

UNK heads to Central Oklahoma (Thursday) and Northeastern State (Saturday) next weekend. The Bronchos and RiverHawks then come to Kearney the following week.


Alvarado Earns Preseason Recognition from NCBWA

Nebraska’s Luis Alvarado earned preseason All-America honors for the second time in 2018 when he garnered third-team status from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Monday.

Alvarado, a senior from Puerto Rico, previously received second-team preseason All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball on Dec. 18. He made the NCBWA third team as a utility player.

Alvarado, a 13th-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, elected to return for his senior season after his success on the mound and at the plate in 2017 helped NU capture the Big Ten regular-season crown. He earned 10 saves in 16 relief appearances as a junior, which tied for the seventh-most single-season saves in program history. Alvarado compiled a 1.72 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings of work in 2017.

At the plate, Alvarado made 57 starts in the outfield in 2017 and hit .283 with 64 hits, 39 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 25 RBIs. Over his first three years at Nebraska, Alvarado has a .275 batting average with 136 hits, 23 doubles, five home runs, 50 RBIs and 78 runs scored in 145 appearances.


Hastings College WBB:Farmer Ignites comeback over Morningside

Hastings, NE - For three quarters of basketball, the Hastings College women's basketball team appeared to have no answer for the No. 13 Morningside Mustangs before a huge fourth quarter led to the Broncos 73-72 victory on Saturday in Lynn Farrell Arena.

Morningside took a five point lead midway through the 3rd and pushed it to a 12 point lead at the end of the frame. The Mustangs would then push the lead to 15 points at the start of the 4th before the Broncos began its epic run.

Jordan Johnson would get some momentum going when she would connect on back-to-back 3-pointers as Hastings trailed 61-52 with just under eight minutes to go.

Shandra Farmer would begin her take over a she would pick Grace Meyer's pocket and go in for the layup cutting the deficit to just seven forcing Morningside Head Coach Jaime Sale to call a timeout.

Morningside came out of the timeout scoring four straight point building its lead back to 11 at 65-54 with 6:46 remaining.

The Broncos would once again have an answer as Rachel Jelden found Mackenzie Willicott for the layup. Farmer then connected on two free throws followed by a huge three bringing the crowd to its feet as Hastings was down just four with 5:51 to go.

The Mustangs came right back with a Madison Braun jumper but Farmer answered with another three. But Morningside's Jordyn Moser buried a three from the corner as the Mustangs led again by six at 70-64 with 4:37 to play.

Looking for another answer, the Broncos would get it from Emma Grenfell as she would drain a three from the wing making it 70-67 with 3:45to go.

After trading empty possessions, Gabby Grasso worked the offensive glass getting a put back to go as Morningside led 70-69 with 2:35remaining.

A huge turning point late in the game was after Hastings missed two shots and the Mustangs pulled down the defensive board, Farmer put some full court pressure on which worked as she picked up another steal. She would get the layup to go as Hastings had its first lead since late in the first half.

The Mustangs had yet another answer as Rachelle Housh would get open underneath for the layup as Hastings trailed 72-71 with :34 to go.

Hastings would work the ball into Grasso as she would get fouled sending her to the line for a chance to take the lead with :16 remaining.

Not only was this a pressure situation, but Hastings had struggled all night at the line as up to this point, the Broncos were just 10-for-23 (43 percent) from the line. Grasso stepped up and buried both attempts as Morningside took a timeout with a chance to take the lead.

Morningside had a couple of chances at the end with Mady Maly missing a floater in the lane and then a desparate 30 footer from Sierra Mitchell missed wide as Hastings found a way to win 73-72.

Head Coach Jina Douglas reflected on her teams performance, "I don't really know honestly. I thought we showed a lot of toughness. "Going into half and the third, we were just not high energy, kind of down a little bit and then you could see us just pull out of it," Douglas continued. "I thought Emma was huge for us as she just kind of had the look in her eye as she was going to lead us. Shandra kind of puller herself out of it and i just thought we were tough down the stretch. Gabby made plays when she needed to and we got one stop when we needed too."

Farmer led the way for the Broncos scoring a game high 21 points with 15 of those coming in the final quarter where Hastings out scored the Mustangs 27-13.

Johnson finished with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with all her damage being done behind the arc going 4-for-6. Grasso also finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooing while Grenfell added 11 points and Willicott finished with 10 points.

Down the stretch, turnovers played a big part as Hastings forced 21 Mustang turnovers compared to just 10 for the Broncos.

Douglas talked about how big of a win this was as we enter the tail end of the regular season, "It's really big, if you look at the GPAC standings where us and Morningside fell, the national rankings along with a ton of big GPAC games to be played, you never know how things are going to fall but we talked about it the last three weeks of the season going 2-0 each week is key and we have started off right so now we have to do it again next week."

Hastings improves to 20-5 (11-5) on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Feb. 7 as Doane comes to town with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena.


Hastings College MBB:No.9 Morningside latest victim of Broncos

Hastings, Neb.- Three days after losing 95-65 to Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa, the Hastings College men's basketball team returned the favor, beating the Mustangs 91-80 on Saturday at Lynn Farrell Arena.

Despite committing a turnover on their first possession, the Mustangs (19-6, 11-4 GPAC) controlled the pace of the game and the lead for nearly 13 minutes to a 31-28 lead, but a shot in the paint by Connor Musiel (SR/Lincoln, NE) got the Broncos (17-9, 7-7 GPAC) within one. On the following possession for Morningside, Brody Egger committed a turnover, which Ben Wahlberg (JR/Phoenix, AZ) converted into a shot from beyond the arc and a 33-31 Broncos lead.

With 5:18 left in the half, the Mustangs' Tyler Borchers hit a free throw to make it 33-32. Hastings answered back with a 9-0 run, including buckets by Jake Hansen (SR/Omaha, NE), Zach Kitten (SO/Hastings, NE), Tyler Hedlund (SR/Albion, NE), and was capped off by a shot from beyond the arc by Musiel in his first game back from a minor injury to put the Broncos up by 10 with 3:18left in the half.

Morningside, down by 10, ended the half with their own 9-0 run to make it a 44-43 halftime lead for the Broncos.

Kitten got the scoring going in the second half with a layup, but Morningside's Egger answered with a three-pointer to tie the game up 46-46 less than two minutes into the half. For the next 12 minutes, Hastings and Morningside fought tooth and nail, with the game seeing seven ties and nine lead changes.

Trailing 68-67 with 6:35 left, Drew Callaghan (SR/North Platte, NE) drew a foul and went to the free throw line, making his first shot. The second shot was just off the mark, but an offensive rebound by Bart Hiscock (SO/Bennington, NE) gave Hastings a second chance. Hiscock got the ball to Callaghan who attempted a shot, but could not connect. The Broncos got another offensive rebound that resulted in a Kevin Miller (JR/Lynwood, CA) three-pointer.

Callaghan's free throw and Miller's three-pointer started a 10-1 run that spanned two minutes and put Hastings ahead 77-69.

Borchers got the Mustangs within three of the Broncos with a pair of made free throws with 2:54 left in the contest. With a 77-74 lead, Callaghan took control of the scoring game, getting a dunk and a shot in the paint off a turnover to give Hastings a commanding 81-74 lead late in the game. Hastings saw their largest lead of the game with :15 left, as Hiscock was intentionally fouled and made both free throws. Alex Borchers finished the scoring with a jumper, but to no avail as Hastings bled the clock out to their 91-80 victory.

Leading the Broncos offensively was Miller who scored a game-high 22 points. Hiscock and Wahlberg also got into double-digits in scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Walhberg's 11 points was also a career-high for the junior. As a team, Hastings shot lights out with a .529 shooting percentage (36-for-68). The turnover margin also favored Hastings heavily, who forced 23 turnovers while only committing eight.

The next task for the Broncos is a rematch with in-state rival Doane. The Broncos will look to avenge their January 10th loss to the Tigers (12-14, 6-9 GPAC) when they come to Lynn Farrell Arena on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. matchup.


Spring Game Tickets on Sale This Week

Nebraska fans can secure their tickets for the Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank beginning next week. The spring game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 11 a.m., marking the public debut of Head Coach Scott Frost’s 2018 Huskers.

Tickets will be available to the general public on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. Nebraska football season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets with a 24-hour exclusive window beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. In addition, individuals who are on the 2018 Season Ticket Request list can purchase spring game tickets beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets is one of the many benefits offered to season ticket holders. Nebraska fans may purchase tickets on-line at Huskers.com, by phone at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the Nebraska Athletics Development and Ticketing office, located in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket. The majority of tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved. A limited number of $20 club seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as demand for the spring game is expected to be at an all-time high. For each of the past several years, more than 20,000 tickets were sold on the first day of sales, and Nebraska has drawn more than 54,000 fans for every Red-White game since 2004.

Nebraska will again conduct the Drug Free Pledge at this year’s game, and for the third year youth taking the pledge will do so from their seats. Youth eighth grade or younger taking the Drug Free Pledge will be admitted for free, but must secure a complimentary ticket.

UNL students will be admitted for free, but must secure a ticket for admittance. UNL faculty and staff can purchase a reserved ticket for $5 with a staff ID.

2018 Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank Date: Saturday, April 21
Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Tickets on Sale: Feb. 6, 10 a.m., Football Season Ticket Holders; Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m., 2018 Season Ticket Request List Members; Feb. 7, 10 a.m., General Public
Ticket Prices: $20 club seats (limited availability); $10 reserved tickets * UNL Faculty & Staff, $5 (Tickets should be purchased in person at Nebraska Athletics Development and Ticketing or over the phone to receive discount, must show staff ID at gate on game day); * Current UNL Students, Free (must secure a ticket via Huskers.com beginning on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.)
Drug Free Pledge: Youth 8th grade and younger are encouraged to take Drug Free Pledge; Free admittance, but must have ticket (Fans can secure youth tickets when buying a regular ticket; limit of two complimentary youth tickets for each regular ticket purchased; Requests for more than two tickets per adult ticket must be made over the phone or in person at Nebraska Athletics Development and Ticketing before game day)
Radio/Internet: Husker Sports Network/Huskers.com


Huskers Take on Golden Gophers

After its longest break of the season, the Nebraska basketball team returns to action Tuesday evening, as the Huskers face the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Tipoff from Williams Arena is set for 8 p.m. and the tilt between the Huskers and Badgers will be televised nationally on BTN with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game is available on BTN.com, BTN2Go and the Fox Sports Go app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) has been off since completing a stretch of four games in eight days with a 74-63 win at Wisconsin on Jan. 29. In that game, the Huskers overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 10 minutes by outscoring the Badgers, 30-8, en route to picking up their first win in Madison since 1990.

James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr. combined for 45 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Palmer had 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half and matched his career high with eight rebounds, while Copeland tallied 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, five boards and two steals. Glynn Watson Jr. added 15 points and five assists, as the trio outscored Wisconsin, 40-31, in the second half.
The win kept the Huskers in contention for a top-four spot in the Big Ten heading into the final three weeks of the season. With an 8-4 mark, NU is tied with Michigan for fourth place with six games to go. Nebraska's conference record is its best after 12 games since 1999.

Since the overtime loss at Penn State, the Huskers have won five of their last six, as Palmer has played at an All-Big Ten level. The 6-foot-6 junior is averaging 25.2 points per game in that span, shooting 51 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line while also chipping in 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

The Huskers will be seeking their first win in Williams Arena in 15 years Tuesday night against the Golden Gophers (14-11, 3-9 Big Ten). Minnesota, which was ranked as high as 12th in the country in December, has struggled of late, losing eight of its last nine games since a 13-3 start. The Golden Gophers pushed No. 24 Michigan to overtime before falling 76-73 in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

5.3 - Glynn Watson's assist-to-turnover ratio over Nebraska's last five games. He is ninth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio with a career-best 2.3-to-1 ratio.

1.21 - Nebraska's assist-to-turnover ratio which is on pace to be its best in nearly 20 years. In fact, the last time Nebraska had more assists than turnovers was in 2009-10.

21.4 - Scoring average for James Palmer Jr. during January, as he scored 18 or more points in nine of 10 games last month.

28 - Points Glynn Watson Jr. needs to become the 29th Husker to reach 1,000 career points.

70 - Nebraska is 13-2 when scoring 70 or more points and 4-6 when held to under 70 points. Nebraska's only two losses when scoring 70+ points was a one-point loss to Kansas and a two-point OT loss at Penn State.

139 - Nebraska's 139 blocked shots ranks ninth in school history and is the most since the 1999-2000 season, when NU also had 141 blocked shots.

Under Richard Pitino, the Gophers are 14-11 on the season and looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The Gophers are a different team than the one that came to Lincoln in December, as Amir Coffey (14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg) has played twice in the last nine games because of a shoulder injury while Reggie Lynch (10.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.1 bpg) was suspended on Jan. 5 and has missed the last nine games. Prior to that, Minnesota was 13-3 and 2-1 in the Big Ten, but has won just once since then.

Junior forward Jordan Murphy is putting together an All-America caliber season, as he is among the Big Ten leaders in both scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg), while All Big Ten guard Nate Mason is averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 assists per game and has hit a team-high 58 3-pointers. Against Michigan, Mason had 22 points, while freshman Isaiah Washington had 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and six rebounds.

Nebraska and Minnesota will meet for the 75th time on Tuesday, which is the most between the Huskers and any other Big Ten member. It is NU’s longest-running series in the Big Ten, as it dates back to February of 1902. The Gophers lead the all-time series, 54-20, while the Huskers have won five of the past seven meetings. The home team has won the last nine meetings dating back to 2012. Nebraska is 5-5 against the Golden Gophers as Big Ten members.

Prior to joining the Big Ten, NU and Minnesota met in non-conference action every year from 1995 until 2004 after not playing for 16 years.

Behind a season-high 29 points from Glynn Watson Jr., Nebraska topped No. 14 Minnesota, 78-68, on Dec. 5. Watson hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, to pace three Huskers in double figures. The nine rebounds topped his previous best of six and played a major role in Nebraska out-rebounding the Golden Gophers, 42-38.

Nebraska (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) held Minnesota to season lows in points and field goal percentage (32.4), holding the Big Ten’s highest scoring attack to 20 points below its season average.

Watson scored seven straight points for the Huskers in a 7-1 spurt in the opening four minutes of the second half, stretching what was a 39-31 halftime lead to 14 and force a Minnesota timeout.

Minnesota (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten) closed a 17-point deficit to eight on two occasions, the last being 74-55 with 47 seconds left, but Isaac Copeland and Watson went 4-of-6 from the line in the final minute to hold the Gophers at bay.
Copeland finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while James Palmer Jr. added 11 markers and four assists. NU’s biggest work was on the defensive end, where the Huskers blocked nine shots, including three by Duby Okeke and forced 13 Golden Gopher turnovers.

Nate Mason had 20 points to pace Minnesota, but Nebraska limited Jordan Murphy to 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, and 10 boards as he totaled his 10th straight double-double.

The Nebraska basketball team erased an 11-point second-half deficit, outscoring Wisconsin 30-8 over the final 10 minutes to rally for a 74-63 victory over the Badgers at the Kohl Center on Jan. 29.

The Huskers had trailed for much of the night and faced their largest deficit at 55-44 midway through the second half. Playing a fourth game in eight days, Nebraska dug deep and used a pair of 8-0 spurts to end the game on a 30-8 run and claim their first Big Ten victory at the Kohl Center.

James Palmer Jr. continued his impressive play, finishing with a game-high 28 points, his fourth 20-point effort in the last six games. Palmer scored 21 of his points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes and 8-of-9 from the line. Isaac Copeland added 17 points and Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 15 points and five assists.

The Huskers shot 41.1 percent from the field on the game and were just 4-of-19 from 3-point range. But Nebraska went 24-of-28 at the free-throw line, including 20-of-23 in the second half and 14-of-16 down the stretch.
Ethan Happ posted a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Badgers, but the Huskers held Happ to seven points on 2-of-8 shooting in the second half after Happ erupted for 18 first-half points.

*-Tuesday's game is the final game of a five-game stretch where the Huskers have played four of five on the road dating back to Jan. 22. The good news for the Huskers is that four of their final five games are at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

*-Nebraska will be looking for its fourth Big Ten road win, which would mark NU's highest conference win total since going 4-4 in the Big 12 in 1998-99. NU is looking for its third straight Big Ten road win, which would be the first time that happened since 2016 (at Rutgers, at Illinois, at Michigan State).

*-NU comes into Tuesday's game with a 17-8 record, eclipsing its best 24-game start in the Big Ten era. The 17-8 mark matches the Huskers' best 25-game mark in over 20 years, as NU was 17-8 after 25 games on two other occasions (2010-11, 1998-99) in that span. The last time NU had a better 25-game mark came in the 1991-92 season when NU went 18-7 after 25 games.

*-With a win on Tuesday, Nebraska will guarantee at least a .500 conference mark for the second time in the Big Ten era and just the third time since 2000 (2013-14 and 2008-09).

*-Of Nebraska's five losses dating back to Dec. 9, NU lost twice in the last 30 seconds (vs. No. 13 Kansas, at PSU) and had two others where NU was within a point in the last four minutes (at Creighton, at No. 13 OSU).

*-James Palmer Jr. enjoyed one of the most prolific scoring performances in school history at No. 13 Ohio State on Jan. 22 with his 34-point effort against the Buckeyes. It marked the second-highest scoring effort in a road game in school history and the most on the road by a Husker since 2006.

*-Palmer is averaging 20.0 points per game in Big Ten play, and is on track to be the first Husker to average at least 20 points per game in conference play since current Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue averaged 21.8 points per game in 1997-98.

*-Palmer has shown the ability to get to the foul line, as he leads the Big Ten with 168 attempts through Sunday's games. Minnesota's Jordan Murphy is second with 160 attempts.

*-Nebraska's 98 points against Iowa marked the Huskers' highest total in a conference game since scoring 99 against Kansas State on Feb. 9, 2002. The Huskers' previous Big Ten era high was 93 points in a double overtime win over Iowa on Jan. 5, 2017.

*-Nebraska's defense has been its calling card in Big Ten action. The Huskers are third in field goal defense (.399) and held 10 of their last 11 opponents under 45 percent. In 10 games last month, NU held opponents to a combined 40.1 percent shooting.

*-The Huskers are averaging 73.3 points per game and is on track for one of the best offensive seasons in recent years. NU's 73.3 points per game marks only the sixth time in the last 22 years that NU has averaged at least 73.0 points per game through the first 23 games. The Huskers are 12-2 this year when scoring at least 70 points, including seven games of at least 80 points (7-0).

*-Nebraska's biggest offensive strength has been a balanced attack with three players averaging double figures, led by James Palmer Jr., who averages a team-high 17.6 points per game to lead all Big Ten newcomers in scoring. Palmer is currently on track to enjoy one of the top first-year seasons in school history, as the top three first-year scorers have been in Tim Miles' six seasons at Nebraska.

*-Nebraska relies on a pair of transfers in James Palmer Jr. (Miami) and Isaac Copeland (Georgetown), as the duo combines for more than 30 points per game. In all, 48.6 percent of the Huskers' offense this year has been by players in their first year in the program. Palmer has reached double figures 23 times, including a season-high 34 points at No. 13 Ohio State on Jan. 22, and is third in assists (2.6 apg). Copeland leads the Huskers in rebounding at 6.4 per game and is second in both scoring (13.2, second) and blocked shots (30, second). He has a team-high two double-doubles, including a 23-point, 11-rebound effort against Iowa on Jan. 27 and a 20-point, 11-rebound performance at Creighton on Dec. 9.

*-Junior Glynn Watson Jr. is in his third season guiding the Husker offense and is among NU's leaders in both scoring (11.0 ppg, third), assists (3.2, first) and steals (1.5, first). The 6-foot guard will make his team-high 71st career start on Tuesday and has a 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Watson is just 28 points from 1,000 for his career and is nine steals away from 10th place on Husker career charts.

*-Nebraska's 11-point deficit at Wisconsin was its largest comeback of the season (previous high was seven at Northwestern on Jan. 2) and the seventh time under Tim Miles that Nebraska has overcome a 10-point deficit. Over the past two years, NU has won three road games while overcoming a double-digit deficit, matching NU's total from the previous 20 years.


GI Area Basketball Scores 2/2


Aurora 71, Waverly 61
Giltner 61, Dorchester 31
Grand Island 62, Millard North 49
Grand Island Northwest 53, Holdrege 41
Hastings 50, North Platte 47, OT
Kearney 71, Elkhorn South 53
Lexington 64, Grand Island Central Catholic 63
Riverside 66, Nebraska Christian 40
Twin Loup 64, Elba 15


Lou Platte Conference Tournament
Arcadia-Loup City 51, St. Paul 48
Ravenna 60, Doniphan-Trumbull 58


Grand Island Central Catholic 53, Lexington 27
Grand Island Northwest 56, Holdrege 34
Millard North 53, Grand Island 31
North Platte 59, Hastings 52
Riverside 49, Nebraska Christian 47
Twin Loup 63, Elba 12
Waverly 58, Aurora 37


UNK WR: #12 Lopers beat #10 UCO 20-12

Kearney, Neb. – The 12th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team won five straight matches and sophomore heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs pulled another upset to help theLopers beat 10th-ranked Central Oklahoma, 20-12, Thursday night at Kearney High.

UNK (20-1, 4-0) hosts the Newman Jets Sunday at 3 p.m. to close out the regular season. By winning tonight, the Lopers earn at least a share of the MIAA regular season title.

The Bronchos (13-4, 4-1) went up 6-0 after wins by second-ranked Eli Hale at 125 pounds, 8-3, and junior Blake Dauphin, 7-3, at 133 pounds. Dauphin recorded a take down and 2-near fall points to best 11th-ranked Bryce Shoemaker (Baldwin City, Kan.) in the first sudden victory period.

The Lopers rolled from there, however, taking the next five classes. Kansas sophomore TevinBriscoe (141 lbs.) amassed six takedowns in a 20-3 tech fall and then second-ranked Keith Surber (Sparta, Ill.) scored six in the second period to blank seventh-ranked Will Steltzen, 7-0, at 149 pounds.

Kearney continued to dominate as Colorado junior Zach Stodden (174 lbs.) had a 17-6 major and Pennsylvania true freshman Brayden Wills (165 lbs.) had three takedowns as part of a 7-2 win. Finally, Iowa redshirt freshman Matt Malcom upset 11th-ranked Bryan Dutton, 8-2, thanks to six early points.

UCO bounced back to win at 184 and 197 pounds, setting up Hinrichs (Geneva) and fourth-ranked Caleb Cotter to close the night. Riding a 17-match win streak, Hinrichsbested the 2017 All-American by a 5-4 score thanks to a third period escape. During the match, Cotter was dinged twice for stalling.

Hinrichs is now 31-6 (18-0 vs. D2 wrestlers) and has beaten five ranked wrestlers during a win streak that dates back to early December. Eighth-ranked Dalton Weidl of NU is up next.

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