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Michigan to Much for Nebraska

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Despite a career-high 28 points and nine rebounds from Tai Webster, Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Michigan team and fell 91-85 Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Webster, who was 12-of-20 from the field in topping his previous career best for the second time this season, was one of three Huskers to finish in double figures. Glynn Watson Jr. added 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Evan Taylor added 11 for the Huskers, who fell to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska shot 56 percent on the day, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range, but Michigan shot 54 percent, went 11-of-22 from the 3-point line and was 26-of-30 from the foul line, as opposed to 4-of-5 for the Huskers from the charity stripe.

Moritz Wagner scored 23 points to pace four Wolverines in double figures, while Zak Irvin (21) and Derrick Walton Jr. (20) both went over 20 points for the hosts.

Nebraska, which was seeking its first 3-0 conference road start in more than four decades, whittled a nine-point second-half deficit to 69-68 after a Taylor jumper with 5:47 left, but could not get over the hump. Walton Jr, who had 16 of his 20 points after halftime, hit a 3-pointer to stretch the lead back to four.

The Huskers would not go away, as a Watson 3-pointer with 4:43 left trimmed the deficit back to 73-71, but Walton answered back with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to extend the margin to 78-71.

Nebraska stayed in range and was within 86-80 after Watson’s fourth 3-pointer and had a chance to cut the deficit to three, but Jack McVeigh’s 3-pointer was off the mark and Michigan held on.

Earlier in the half, Nebraska trailed 54-45 before Taylor’s 3-pointer started a 5-0 run, as Nebraska pulled to within 54-50 after a Glynn Watson steal and layup with 13:08 left. The Huskers kept chipping away, as a pair of Jack McVeigh 3-pointers pulled the Huskers within 59-56 with 11:51 left, but Michigan answered with a 3-pointer from Wilson to make it a six-point game.

In the first half, both teams were effective offensively, as Michigan took a 40-36 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 61 percent in the opening half, as Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 first-half points on 7-8 shooting from the field. Michigan shot 50 percent from the field, including five 3-pointers, while Moritz Wagner scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointer.

The Huskers, who never led in the opening 20 minutes, were down by as many as eight on three occasions before rallying behind a switch to a 1-3-1 defense. Trailing 30-22, a Webster 3-pointer and a three-point play from Jordy Tshimanga cut the deficit to 30-28. Michigan quickly ran off five straight points, including a 3-pointer from Wagner, before Webster scored six straight points, as his two free throws with 1:48 left in the half pulled the Huskers within 35-34.

Michigan responded with five straight points, including a long 3-pointer from Duncan Robinson, before Webster’s final hoop of the half made it a four-point game.

Nebraska trailed 30-22 before switching things up with a 1-3-1 and running off six straight points on a Webster 3-pointer and a 3-point play from Jordy Tshimanga with 4:45 left in the half.

The Huskers return to action on Wednesday evening, as they host Ohio State. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. (CT) and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com or calling 800-8-BIGRED.

Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska’s field goal percentage (.562) and 3-point percentage (.500) was its second-highest total of the season.

*-Tai Webster finished with career-highs in both points (28) and rebounds (nine). His previous high in points was 23 set three other times. Webster finished in double figures for the 18th straight game dating back to last season *-Today marked the fifth time this season Nebraska had multiple 20-point scorers, but the first time NU lost this season in those five contests.

*-Glynn Watson has scored 20 or more points in three of the Huskers’ five Big Ten contests.

*-Michigan’s 91 is the high by a Husker opponent this season (Iowa 90)

*-Michigan shot .540, the second-highest total against NU this season. Michigan’s .500 from 3-point range was a season high against the Huskers.

*- Isaiah Roby made his first career start, replacing Ed Morrow Jr. (foot) in the Husker lineup. It is the first time since Big Ten play started that NU has adjusted its starting lineup. Roby finished with seven points and three rebounds in 29 minutes.

Husker women take down Rutgers 62-58

Lincoln – Jessica Shepard notched her ninth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead three Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska recorded its first Big Ten women's basketball win of the season with a 62-58 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

While the sophomore Shepard contributed her 19th career double-double, junior Jasmine Cincore pitched in 12 points to produce double digits for the second straight game. Cincore also tied her career high with four steals, while adding three assists in a strong all-around effort. Shepard also recorded three steals, nearly matching her total of four steals from the first 16 games this season.

Freshman Hannah Whitish pitched in 11 points for her fourth double-figure scoring effort in five Big Ten starts. Whitish's two free throws in the closing seconds helped the Huskers seal the win at the line. She also knocked down three three-pointers on the night to help Nebraska improve to 5-12 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.

Rutgers slipped to 5-13 overall, while falling to 2-3 in the conference. The Scarlet Knights suffered their ninth consecutive road loss this season.

Nebraska led by as many as 11 points twice early in the fourth quarter, the last time on a traditional three-point play from Shepard with 8:15 left that made it 52-41 Big Red. But Shrita Parker and Khadaizha Sanders closed the gap to four points at 60-56 in the final seconds, before Nicea Eliely and Whitish sealed the win at the line. In fact, Nebraska freshmen hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 3:21 to close the game, starting with a huge offensive rebound and two free throws for Grace Mitchell to give NU a 56-48 lead.

The Huskers then went scoreless for the next 2:45 in the fourth quarter, before Eliely buried a pair of free throws with 36.6 seconds left.

Sanders then answered with her second three-pointer of the quarter to pull Rutgers within 58-53. She finished the quarter with 12 of her 17 points. Whitish then missed a pair of free throws with 27.7 seconds left to open the door for the Scarlet Knights. Parker was fouled 9.6 seconds later but the 92 percent free throw shooter missed the first of two free throws to cut the Husker edge to 58-54. Parker scored 10 of her 12 points in the quarter, as Sanders and Parker combined for all 22 of Rutgers' fourth-quarter points.

Eliely, who finished with eight points in the game, then stepped to the line and knocked down two more free throws with 16.7 seconds left, before Whitish capped the Husker win with two free throws with nine seconds left.

For the game, Nebraska hit 18-of-25 free throws, including 9-of-11 in the final quarter to get the win. The Huskers hit just 37.3 percent (19-51) of their field goals in the game, including just 7-of-23 in the second half. The Huskers were also 6-of-19 (.316) from three-point range. Nebraska won the turnover battle 17-12, outscoring Rutgers in points-off-turnovers 16-6.

In addition to double-digit efforts from Sanders and Parker, Aliyah Jeune scored 15 points for the Scarlet Knights, including 13 in the first half.

Rutgers finished 21-of-48 (.438) from the field, including 7-of-16 (.438) from three-point range. The Scarlet Knights also hit 9-of-14 free throws and outrebounded the Huskers, 32-31.

The Huskers led 44-36 after three quarters, as Shepard produced 17 points and nine rebounds through the first 30 minutes. Cincore added 10 points through three quarters. Cincore and Shepard combined for nine points in the third quarter as the Huskers won the quarter, 13-9.

Nebraska led 31-27 at the half thanks to 13 first-half points from Shepard. The Huskers hit 12-of-28 first-half shots, including 3-of-10 threes and 4-of-6 free throws in the first 20 minutes. NU also won the first-half turnover battle 10-6.

However, Jeune kept the Scarlet Knights close with 13 first-half points of her own. The 6-1 sophomore entered the game averaging just seven points per game but knocked 3-of-4 threes and 5-of-7 shots overall. Jeune’s eight points in the second quarter helped the Scarlet Knights trim a nine-point deficit at 28-19 with five minutes left in the half to just 29-27 before a steal and layup for Eliely gave the Huskers the final two points of the half.

As a team, Rutgers hit 12-of-23 shots from the field, including 3-of-8 threes in the first half. The Scarlet Knights did not attempt a free and were outrebounded 14-13 in the half. Jeune, Kandiss Barber and Desiree Keeling did not start against Nebraska after Rutgers’ lopsided loss at Illinois on Saturday. Those three Scarlet Knights combined for 21 of Rutgers’ 27 first-half points.

Nebraska led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter thanks to five straight points in the final 50 seconds from Cincore. Six different Huskers scored in the opening period, including three points from Shepard and two each from Eliely, Allie Havers, Maddie Simon and Darrien Washington.

Jeune was the only Scarlet Knight to score more than two points in the opening quarter. She finished with five points on 2-of-2 shooting.

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Sunday when they travel to Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Fighting Illini at the State Farm Center in Champaign is set for 2 p.m.


Huskers Top Hawkeyes in Double Overtime, 93-90

Lincoln – Nebraska improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in 41 seasons, but it was far from easy as Nebraska overcame deficits late in regulation and in overtime before pulling out a 93-90 double overtime win over Iowa at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday.

The Huskers (9-6, 3-0 B1G) were down 83-79 with Iowa in possession with under a minute left in overtime but rallied behind the play of Tai Webster. The senior forced Iowa’s Peter Jok to miss and was fouled with 40 seconds left. Webster hit both free throws to pull NU within two. On Iowa’s next possession, Webster stripped Jok and was fouled with 12 seconds left before calmly sinking both shots to tie it at 83. Iowa, which never trailed in overtime, still had a chance to win in overtime, but Jordan Bohannon’s jumper was off the mark.

The Huskers, who had their own chance to win with 1.3 seconds left in regulation but came up empty on two free throw attempts, took the lead for good at 91-90 on a Webster free throw before Jeriah Horne’s two foul shots with 17 seconds left gave the Huskers a three-point lead. NU forced an off-balanced shot and grabbed the rebound, but Evan Taylor, who missed the two shots at the end of regulation, was unable to stretch the lead to a two-possession game with less than 8.1 seconds left, giving Iowa a chance to send it into a third OT, but Brady Ellington’s 3-pointer was off the mark, allowing NU to hold on.

The Husker backcourt was outstanding, as Webster and Glynn Watson combined for 57 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals. Watson tied Jok for game-high honors with a career-high 34 points, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range, while Webster also matched his career high with 23 points while adding seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Horne added 12 points, while Michael Jacobson added seven points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Jok kept Iowa (9-7, 1-2 B1G) in the game, scoring 30 of his 34 points after halftime to pace four Hawkeyes in double figures.

In the second half, the Huskers seemingly took control, opening the half by scoring six of the first eight points to take a 45-36 lead and force an Iowa timeout. The Hawkeyes came right back, as Jok scored five points in a 12-3 run to pull even at 48 after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer with 13:20 remaining in regulation

From there, neither team would lead would lead by more than four points the remainder of the contest. Nebraska led 67-64 after a Taylor jumper with 4:56 left, but Jok came right back with a pair of 3-pointers to give the Hawkeyes a 3-point lead. Iowa led 74-72 after Jok’s layup with 2:45 left, but the Huskers were not able to get the tying points until the final seconds of regulation. Down by two, NU got the stop and Watson was fouled with 11 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Horne stole the ball from Jok and got it to Taylor for the go-ahead basket, but he was fouled with 1.3 seconds left. Taylor, who was 12-of-14 entering tonight, missed both shots, as the game went to overtime.

Behind 15 first-half points from Watson, the Huskers took a 37-34 lead into the locker room. Watson hit 6-of-9 shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the Huskers shot 48 percent from the field, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range, as the teams traded runs throughout the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska got on top early, as Watson scored five straight points in a 9-0 run to give the Huskers a 12-6 lead and force an Iowa timeout. The Huskers built a 15-8 lead after a Jeriah Horne 3-pointer, only to Isaiah Moss key a 13-2 Hawkeye run with 11 of his 15 first-half points to give the visitors a 21-17 lead.

Nebraska roared right back with seven straight points, including five from Watson to take a 27-23 lead. NU eventually pushed the lead to 32-27 after an Evan Taylor drive with 2:41 left in the half, but Iowa would run off five straight points, tying the score at 21 on an Ahmad Wagner putback with 1:21 remaining in the opening stanza.

NU is back in action on Jan. 8 when the Huskers welcome Northwestern to the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip off is set for 1:15 p.m. The game will be televised on BTN. Tickets are available for Sunday’s game by visiting Huskers.com or calling 800-8-BIGRED beginning Friday morning at 8 a.m.

GICC takes care of Northwest

Jack Goering proved to be to much for the Northwest boys on Tuesday night as Central Catholic took care of the Vikings 49-28. Central Catholic is playing four games this week as they were coming off a win at Blue Hill Monday night. GICC was led by Goering who had 21 points including 5 three pointers in the first half. The Crusaders had a halftime lead of 32-13. Behind Georing was Collin Toner with 8 points, Aidan Anspauch had 5, and Chase Wenzl 5, Jacob Herbek 4, Maragan Kori 2, Elijah Pirnie 2, Jonah Bales 2. Leading scorer for Northwest was Riley Schliep with 9, Justin Hiser 8, Carter Terry 6, Brady Glause 2, Matt Fredricks 2, and Tanner Lierman 1. Northwest (0-9) will be back in action Friday hosting Columbus Lakeview and Saturday hosting York. The Central Catholic boys at (7-3) will be back on the hardwood on Friday at Kearney Catholic then return home Saturday hosting Doniphan Trumbull. 

Score By Quarter 
GICC     15  17  6  11 - 49
GINW    8     5   7   8  - 28

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Huskers Fall to Tennessee in Nashville

Nashville - Nebraska fell behind 14-0 midway through the first half and was not able to recover in a 38-24 loss to Tennessee in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday afternoon at Nissan Stadium.

With the loss, Nebraska ended the season with a 9-4 record (6-3 Big Ten), while Tennessee improved to 9-4 (4-4 SEC) with the victory.

Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs completed 23-of-38 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, while adding 11 carries for 118 yards and a Music City Bowl-record three rushing touchdowns. Dobbs finished with 409 total yards and four scores.

Nebraska's Ryker Fyfe, who drew the start in place of injured four-year starting quarterback Tommie Armstrong Jr. for the Huskers, answered with 243 yards on 17-of-36 passing. Fyfe threw a pair of touchdowns to senior receiver Brandon Reilly, who finished with four catches for 98 yards. Fyfe added a nine-yard touchdown run, but was harassed by Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett, who broke the Vols' career sack record previously held by the legendary Reggie White. Barnett notched a nine-yard sack late in the fourth quarter to help seal the win for the Vols. Barnett, who closed his career with 33 all-time sacks, finished the game with six tackles and four quarterback hurries. As a team, Tennessee notched four sacks for 36 yards in the game.

Nebraska, which got a strong effort from running back Devine Ozigbo who finished with seven carries for 66 yards, managed just 61 rushing yards as a team on 28 carries. Overall, the Huskers produced 318 yards of total offense, while Tennesse piled up 521 total yards, including 230 rushing yards on 38 carries.

After a slow start for both teams in a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee took control with back-to-back touchdown runs to jump to a 14-0 lead. John Kelly started the scoring for the Volunteers with his 28-yard gallop that capped a quick-strike four-play, 73-yard drive that took just 1:26 on the game clock.

The Tennessee defense continued to stifle Fyfe and the Huskers on the ensuing drive, before Dobbs sprinted 10 yards for the first of his three rushing touchdowns to give the Vols a 14-0 lead. The Dobbs run capped an 11-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 4:44.

Nebraska responded quickly with a three-play, 80-yard drive that took just 1:12 and culminated with Fyfe's 38-yard touchdown to Brandon Reilly. It was the first of two tremendous touchdown catches for the senior Reilly. His second came with 3:26 left in the third quarter, after Tennessee had pushed its lead to 17 points with a Medley 46-yard field goal to make it 24-7.

The Huskers went to the fourth quarter trailing 24-14, but Dobbs quickly pushed the Volunteer advantage back to 17 at 31-14 with 14:09 remaining.

Fyfe and the Huskers refused to quit, marching 47 yards in six plays to set up Drew Brown's 45-yard field goal. The Husker special teams then came up with a big play, forcing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by the Huskers at the Tennessee 31. The Big Red offense cashed in five plays later with Fyfe's nine-yard touchdown run to narrow the margin to 31-24 with 10:02 remaining.

But Nebraska could not complete the comeback, as Dobbs hit wide receiver Josh Malone with a 59-yard touchdown pass just 1:17 later, capping a four-play, 77-yard drive to make the final margin. Malone led the Vol receivers with 120 yards on five receptions.

Husker women fall short at Iowa

Iowa City - Jessica Shepard scored a game-high 28 points, including five points in the final 1:29 to lead a furious 9-0 Nebraska run to end the game, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 75-72 women's basketball win by Iowa on Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Shepard finished with 28 points and eight rebounds to lead four Huskers in double figures, including a career-high 14 points by freshman point guard Hannah Whitish.

Whitish, who hit a trio of three-pointers on the day, came up just short with a left-wing three in transition after a missed Iowa free throw in the final seconds. Whitish, who went 3-for-5 from long range would have sent the game to overtime against the 10-4 Hawkeyes, who improved to 1-1 in the Big Ten. Nebraska slipped to 4-10 overall and 0-2 in the conference. NU's two conference losses have been by a total of seven points.

Senior Allie Havers added 12 points and seven big rebounds, as Nebraska outrebounded the Hawkeyes 46-38. Nicea Eliely added 11 points, four rebounds and three steals, including a huge steal at halfcourt of Iowa point guard Tania Davis that changed the complexion of the final minute. Eliely's steal led to a free throw for Jasmine Cincore, before she missed the second. But Havers rebounded the miss and was knocked to the floor on her putback attempt before the ball eventually found its way to Shepard in the opposite corner. She knocked down her second three of the game to pull Nebraska within 75-69 with 1:01 left after trailing by 12 with 1:29 remaining.

The Hawkeyes then missed six consecutive free throws, including two from Kathleen Doyle, two from Davis and two from Chase Coley. Whitish hit a free throw with 35 seconds left to cut the margin to 75-70, before Havers added a huge putback with 10.8 seconds left to make it 75-72 and set up the last-shot drama in the closing seconds.

"We're never going to be satisfied with a loss, but I really loved the fight of our team in the final minutes to come back from 12 points down to have a shot to send it to overtime," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. "We could have made so many plays to put us in a better position, but I think our players see that and will continue to get better and learn from it."

Megan Gustafson led Iowa with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Disterhoft contributed 16 points. Disterhoft, who hit 4-of-9 threes for the Hawkeyes, got last-second threes to end both the second and third quarters to provide the margin of victory for the Hawkeyes. Davis added 11 points and game highs of eight assists and four steals, while Doyle finished with 10 points, six assists and three steals.

Iowa hit 44.6 percent (29-65) of its shots from the floor, including 9-of-12 from Gustafson who hit Iowa's last shot of the game with 1:58 left to give the Hawkeyes their biggest lead at 75-63 before the NU's closing surge. Iowa hit 6-of-21 threes (.286) and 11-of-21 free throws (.524) after opening 11-for-15 from the line.

Nebraska hit 41.4 percent (29-70) of its shots, including 6-of-20 threes. The Huskers hit 8-of-12 free throws including 5-of-8 in the game's final 2:30. The Big Red outrebounded the home-standing Hawkyes 46-38, including a career-high 11 rebounds from Cincore. The Huskers lost the turnover battle 22-15.

The Huskers jumped out to a 45-41 lead early in the third quarter, but Iowa responded with a 17-4 surge to take its biggest lead at the time at 58-49. Shepard responded with five straight points to cut the margin to 58-54 with 12 seconds left, but Disterhoft knocked down a three at the buzzer to send the Hawkeyes to the final quarter with a 61-54 lead.

In a fast-paced but relatively low-scoring first quarter, Nebraska led 7-5 before Iowa closed the quarter on a 12-4 surge to take a 17-11 lead to the second quarter. After opening the quarter 4-for-6, Nebraska went 1-for-7 the rest of the quarter and finished the first period with eight turnovers. However, the Hawkeyes went just 1-for-9 from the field to end the quarter.

The Huskers started hot in the second, with Shepard scoring Nebraska's first 11 points in the quarter. Her layup with 7:56 left gave Nebraska a brief 20-19 lead, but the Hawkeyes responded to push their lead back to 32-24 after back-to-back buckets from Coley with 4:06 left in the half.

Nebraska fought back to tie the score at 36 with 35 seconds left, starting with back-to-back baskets from Havers and eight straight points from Whitish. Her second straight three in a 20-second span came off back-to-back assists from Maddie Simon.

Disterhoft sent Iowa to halftime with a 39-36 lead on a Disterhoft three with six seconds left.

Nebraska finished the half shooting 48.5 percent (16-33) from the floor, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. The Big Red won the first-half rebounding battle 22-15, but lost the 11-6 in the turnover category. Shepard led the Huskers with 13 first-half points, while Havers and Whitish both pitched in eight points. Darrien Washington contributed two points and six first-half rebounds.

Iowa went 17-for-36 from the floor, including 3-of-11 from long range. Gustafson led Iowa with 14 points, while Disterhoft contributed eight points and Tania Davis added seven.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten home action on Wednesday when the Huskers play host to Maryland. Tip-off between the Big Red and the No. 4 Terrapins at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.

Husker men stun Indiana

Bloomington, Ind. – Glynn Watson Jr. and Tai Webster combined for 47 points, as Nebraska opened Big Ten play with a stunning 87-83 victory over No. 16 Indiana at Assembly Hall Wednesday evening.

The Huskers (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 48 percent, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range, in snapping Indiana’s 26-game home win streak and handing Indiana its first home loss since the 2014-15 season.

Watson scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, as Nebraska overcame a seven-point deficit with 56 percent shooting from the floor after halftime.

Trailing 42-35, 3-pointers from Webster and Watson got the Huskers back into the contest before the Huskers turned the momentum.

Watson keyed a 10-2 spurt to give NU the lead, scoring five points and adding an assists, as his 3-pointer with 14:33 left staked NU to a 51-47 lead. The Huskers eventually got the lead to eight points on two occasions, the last after a Webster basket with 9:46 left to make it 63-55, but the Hoosiers would rally.

Indiana used a 15-3 run to take a 70-68 lead and would eventually lead 73-70 after a Robert Johnson 3-pointer with 4:39 left before NU would come back behind its backcourt. A Webster basket after a Watson steal cut it to one before Watson’s 3-point play with 3:10 remaining gave the lead for good at 75-73. The Huskers stretched the lead to four on an Ed Morrow Jr. tip-in, as Morrow finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Hoosiers (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) cut the lead twice, but the Huskers held on in the final two minutes as they picked up their second win in Bloomington since 2014.

Nebraska battled throughout the half, but a late Indiana surge sent the Hoosiers to the locker room with a 36-33 lead. Tai Webster and Jeriah Horne led NU with eight points each, as the Huskers built a 12-point lead, but Indiana closed the half on a 20-5 surge. Indiana shot 38 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but went 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, including a trio of 3-pointers from Robert Johnson, who had 13 first-half points.

Early on, it was the Tai Webster show, as the senior scored seven quick points, as Nebraska used a 7-0 spurt to take an 11-7 lead after an Ed Morrow Jr. putback. The Huskers led 16-15 before Horne keyed a 12-1 surge, scoring all eight first-half points in the run, as his second straight 3-pointer put Nebraska up 28-16 with 10:33 left in the half.

Nebraska led 32-24 after a Michael Jacobson putback with 5:44 left in the half, but Indiana closed the half on a 12-1 run keyed by Johnson, who connected on pair of 3-pointers before 3-pointers from OG Anunoby and Devonte Green gave Indiana a four-point lead at 36-32 with 1:36 left in the half.

Johnson’s 19 points led five Hoosiers in double figures.

The Huskers return to action on Jan. 1, when Nebraska travels to College Park for a matchup with Maryland. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT)

Gill Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury

Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday that Anton Gill will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee earlier this week.

Gill, a 6-foot-3 guard from Raleigh, N.C, suffered the injury during a team workout Sunday evening and test results Monday revealed the ruptured patella tendon. According to Nebraska Men’s Basketball Athletic Trainer R.J. Pietig, Gill will have surgery on Wednesday and the typical rehab for the injury is between 6-8 months.

Gill had played in all 12 games and made one start for the Huskers this season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He comes off a season-high 10-point effort against Southern on Dec. 20, and also had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the win over Dayton at the Wooden Legacy on Nov. 24. Gill spent the first two seasons of his college career at Louisville before transferring to Nebraska.

High School Basketball Scores 12/22

Alliance 64, Sidney 51

Alma 67, Elwood 49

Auburn 56, Yutan 53

Aurora 59, York 52

Beatrice 54, Hastings 42

Bellevue West 66, Millard South 58

Bishop Neumann 62, Omaha Gross Catholic 34

Boone Central/Newman Grove 63, Kearney Catholic 59

Broken Bow 60, Ainsworth 37

Central City 47, Superior 32

Conestoga 66, Ashland-Greenwood 47

Elmwood-Murdock 46, Falls City Sacred Heart 44

Falls City 41, Milford 37

Gretna 60, Kearney 45

Guardian Angels 61, Aquinas 53

Holdrege 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 54

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 42, Southern 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 79, Palmer 60

Lincoln High 62, Lincoln Southwest 55

Lincoln North Star 48, Grand Island 36

Lincoln Northeast 59, Lincoln Southeast 44

Louisville 46, Malcolm 35

McPherson County 48, Hay Springs 43

Nebraska City Lourdes 58, Parkview Christian 54

North Bend Central 84, Raymond Central 43

North Platte 45, McCook 28

O'Neill 51, Crofton 39

Oakland-Craig 81, Omaha Nation 56

Omaha Bryan 67, Omaha Benson 51

Omaha Central 97, Winnebago 86

Omaha Concordia 71, Bennington 58

Omaha South 62, Norfolk 51

Omaha Westside 70, Bellevue East 55

Papillion-LaVista South 58, Millard West 55

Pierce 55, St. Mary's 22

Ponca 48, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 43

Santee 42, Bloomfield 40

Stanton 47, Wisner-Pilger 41

Stuart 72, Elkhorn Valley 63

Twin River 41, Fullerton 34

Walthill 75, Freeman Academy, S.D. 37

Wynot 54, Randolph 44

Central City Holiday Tournament
First Round
Cross County 46, St. Paul 32

Knight Classic Tournament
Hartington Cedar Catholic 55, Mead 49

Howells/Dodge 61, Archbishop Bergan 53

Paxton Tournament
Third Place
Paxton 76, Maywood-Hayes Center 21

Mullen 59, Garden County 51

Auburn 62, Yutan 41

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 63, Ponca 59

Beatrice 48, Hastings 38

Bishop Neumann 83, Omaha Gross Catholic 35

Bloomfield 62, Santee 41

Broken Bow 42, Ainsworth 37

Clarkson/Leigh 54, Howells/Dodge 40

Columbus 42, Omaha Marian 41

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 42, Omaha Central 26

Crofton 59, O'Neill 14

Dundy County-Stratton 75, Wauneta-Palisade 13

Elkhorn Valley 47, Stuart 42

Elwood 43, Alma 42

Falls City Sacred Heart 40, Elmwood-Murdock 29

Freeman Academy, S.D. 59, Walthill 43

Grand Island 47, Lincoln North Star 41

Grand Island Central Catholic 55, Holdrege 28

Gretna 53, Kearney 39

Guardian Angels 68, Aquinas 48

Hay Springs 33, McPherson County 23

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 42, Southern 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 73, Palmer 25

Kearney Catholic 60, Boone Central/Newman Grove 18

Lincoln Lutheran 59, Syracuse 38

Lincoln Northeast 63, Lincoln Southeast 46

Lincoln Southwest 57, Lincoln High 38

Louisville 34, Malcolm 25

McCook 51, North Platte 33

Milford 47, Falls City 31

Millard South 60, Bellevue West 42

Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 45

Nebraska City Lourdes 72, Parkview Christian 11

Norfolk 52, Omaha South 38

North Bend Central 52, Raymond Central 51

Oakland-Craig 74, Omaha Nation 50

Omaha Benson 76, Omaha Bryan 49

Omaha Concordia 43, Bennington 30

Omaha Westside 70, Bellevue East 55

Pender 74, Winnebago 36

Pierce 51, St. Mary's 40

Sidney 40, Alliance 28

Stanton 46, Wisner-Pilger 30

Superior 51, Central City 50

Twin River 30, Fullerton 19

Wood River 41, Sandy Creek 26

Wynot 55, Randolph 34

York 39, Aurora 28

Nike Tournament of Champions
Chandler Hamilton, Ariz. 65, Lincoln Christian 59

Gilbert Highland, Ariz. 37, Fremont 21

Omaha Northwest 38, Canyon-Canyon County, Calif. 36

Paxton Tournament
Third Place
Paxton 40, Garden County 38

Mullen 56, Maywood-Hayes Center 37


Huskers Fall to No. 1 UConn

Lincoln – No. 1 UConn notched its 86th consecutive victory with a 84-41 win over the Nebraska women’s basketball team on Wednesday night in front of 7,553 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

UConn improved to 11-0 on the season while Nebraska closed non-conference play with a 4-8 record after facing arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in school history.

Husky sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-5 threes. Fellow sophomore Napheesa Collier added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Kia Nurse pitched in 20 points and four assists, while fellow starter Gabby Williams nearly added a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Nebraska freshman Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal without a turnover. Whitish hit three three-pointers to help the Huskers go 8-for-26 from long range as a team. Fellow freshman Nicea Eliely added seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a block, while freshman Grace Mitchell added five points and three boards off the bench.

Senior forward Allie Havers contributed seven points and five boards as the only other Huskers to score more than four points against. Sophomore forward Jessica Shepard was held to season lows of three points and four rebounds, while going 1-for-13 from the field.

Nebraska finished 16-of-56 (.286) from the field and 1-of-4 at the free throw line. UConn finished 32-of-70 (.457) from the floor, including 8-of-17 (.471) from beyond the arc. The Huskies were also 12-of-14 at the line and outrebounded the Huskers 47-34. UConn won the turnover battle, 24-11.

UConn jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Havers put the Huskers on the board with just under 7:30 left in the first quarter. The Huskers trailed 22-7 at the end of the opening quarter, before UConn pushed the lead to 20 for the first time at 29-9 on a Crystal Dangerfield three-pointer.

However, the Huskers answered with back-to-back threes by Esther Ramacieri and Shepard to pull within 29-15 with 5:34 left in the half.

UConn responded to push its lead to 48-22 at halftime.

The Huskies hit 48.6 percent (18-37) of their shots in the half, including 4-of-9 threes and all eight of their free throws. UConn outrebounded the Huskers 23-19, and won the first-half turnover battle 16-6.

Nebraska hit 30 percent (9-30) of its first-half shots, including 3-of-12 threes. The Huskers added 1-of-4 free throws.

Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 28, when the Huskers play host to Northwestern. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m.
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