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UNK MBB: Lansman Goes for 32 & 12 as Lopers Hold Off NSU, 93-84

Kearney, Neb. – Senior forward Trey Lansman had 32 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Northeastern State, 93-84, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (13-13, 9-8) has won three straight to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since December 2. The Lopers, 9-2 at home, are now in a three-way tie for sixth in the MIAA with Fort Hays State and Lincoln. Hays (16-10) comes to the Buckle Court Tuesday night.

It was an offensive shootout throughout as each team shot above 50 percent from the field for most of the day while combining for 18 made threes and 47 made free throws. UNK led for the final 22 minutes but never by more than 11 points.

NSU (7-19, 3-14), now 3-14 in games decided by 12 points or less, was down 77-66 with 7:33 to play but made one last move. An 11-2 run was capped by two made free throws from sophomore guard Trent Cantrell. He and fellow reserve Lucas Antunez combined for 31 points, six boards and five assists.

UNK got a big bucket from its bench when sophomore forward Kyle Juhl (Harlan, Ia.), falling down, hit a bucket with 3:42 left. He also was fouled on the play and sunk the ensuing free throw.

Graduate transfer Jamir Andrews, formerly of D1 Albany (NY), responded with a three and UNK led by just an 84-82 margin. However, theLopers scored its next nine points from the line with the ‘Hawks having two turnovers and missing five shots during this stretch.

“Our game plan was to get inside to Trey as much as we could. Good things happen when we do that; he either scores, goes to the line or they double him and he can throw it out for an open rhythm shot,” said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. “We might’ve been 4 of 17 (from the three point line) in the first half but those were all pretty wide open. We just got a lot of front rimmed shots.”

UNK countered the big bench production from the ‘Hawks by grabbing 10 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second chance points. The heroes there were sophomore forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue) with four and freshman reserve post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) with two.

“We needed every free throw we got and we made enough of them,” said Lofton. “Down the stretch in a few games this year we didn’t make enough plays. We were able to do that today.”

Finishing 25 of 29 at the line and 10 of 31 from the arc, UNK saw four starters score in double digits. Having a fourth straight double double,Lansman went 13 of 13 at the line and had 11 defensive rebounds. Now with 15 double doubles for the year, he was 9 of 15 (1 of 5 threes) from the field.

With another big weekend, Lansman pushes his career point total to 1,976. That ranks sixth in UNK history with Nick Svehla (1,983/’03) next to be passed.

Next, York senior Ty Danielson sunk three treys to score 15 with Minnesota junior guard Isaiah McKay at 13 points, three assists, two boards and no turnovers. Finally, York senior guard Lane Rohrich had 12 points, six dimes and three rebounds.

Andrews made eight shots, including five threes, to scored 24 for the ‘Hawks. Guard Tanner Mouse hit a series of jumpers to have 19 points to join Andrews, Cantrell and Antunez in double figures.



UNK Baseball:Lopers split with UCCS

Kearney, Neb. – Junior center fielder Brett Young hit a run scoring double to left center to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Colorado-Colorado Springs, 10-9 (8 innings), in the first game of a double header Sunday at the Air Force Academy.

In the night cap, UCCS (5-5) hit a "Grand Slam" in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 6-2. UNK (3-7) led 2-1 after 1.5 innings but was blanked the rest of the way. The games were held at Air Force because the Mountain Lions new field isn't quite ready. The UCCS baseball program began just last spring.

The Lopers were down 7-1 after three innings in game one. UCCS tacked on another run in the fifth before UNK crossed home plate seven times in its half of the sixth. The big comeback featured three run scoring doubles including one from Young (Lodi, Calif.) that tied the game at eight.

After neither team threaten in the seventh, there was two down in the Loper eighth when redshirt freshman shortstop and nine-hole hitter Pete Carlson (Arvada, Colo.) reached via infield single. Young (3 for 5, two runs and two RBI's) promptly brought him home on the very next pitch and then scored himself thanks to a double by junior left fielder Brandon Hernandez (3 for 5, one run and two RBI's).

UCCS didn't go quietly, loading the bases with one down in the bottom of the inning. Junior closer Jared Bell (Clackamas, Ore.) got a strike out but then hit a Mountain Lion. Thankfully, he managed to fan five-hole hitter Jamie Crabtree on three pitches to pick up his third save as a Loper. Junior Eric Sandoz (Austin, Texas) got the win by throwing two scoreless innings.

At the plate, five starters had multi-hit efforts. Besides Young and Hernandez, that group included Carlson (3 for 4, two runs and three RBI's).

In game two, the Lopers had just four hits off of three UCCS pitchers. Carlson (1 for 3) managed a two-run single up the middle in the second but UNK had only two runners in scoring position the rest of the way.

The Mountain Lions tied things up in the fifth thanks to an infield single, sac bunt and single to center. In the next inning, a double, error and walk loaded the bases with no outs. Cleanup hitter Jeremy Hochmuth then belted a homer to right to provide the winning margin.

Besides Carlson, junior lefty Evan Hill (Sebastopol, Calif.) allowed three earned runs over five full innings. He fanned four and walked one before leaving in the sixth with the bases full.

UNK heads to Southwest Baptist next weekend to start MIAA play.


Illinois Stops Husker Win Streak

Champaign, Ill. - Isaac Copeland scored 17 points to pace three Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska could not overcome Illinois' hot-shooting first half and Leron Black's career day, as the Huskers fell 72-66 on Sunday at the State Farm Center, putting a stop to a six-game winning streak.

Illinois closed the game on a 14-5 run over the final six minutes, as the Huskers drop to 20-9 on the season and 11-5 in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers remain in fourth place in the league, tied with Michigan after the Wolverines defeated Ohio State earlier Sunday. Nebraska holds the tiebreaker over Michigan to determine seeding in the conference tournament, as the Huskers defeated the Wolverines in January. Illinois improves to 13-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten.

Isaiah Roby recorded his third-consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while James Palmer Jr. had 13 tallies, as he has scored in double-figures in 27 of Nebraska's 29 games this season.

Trailing 43-36 at halftime after allowing Illinois 62 percent shooting in the first half, Nebraska turned to a 2-3 zone defense and started the second half on a 16-4 run to grab a 52-47 lead with 14 minutes to play. Out of the break, an 8-2 run capped by a Palmer three brought NU to within one at 45-44, as Illinois missed its first five shots from the field. An Anton Gill three tied the game up at 47 a piece, before Copeland gave NU its first lead since the opening minutes of the game, as he hit a triple to put the Huskers up 50-47.

Illinois would not go away, as a 6-0 run capped by a Mark Smith three gave the lead back to Illinois, before a Trent Frazier triple put Illinois on top 56-54. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, with neither team leading by more than three points over the final 10 minutes until Frazier's free throw with 25.4 seconds left. The second half featured six ties and eight lead changes.

Nebraska went nearly six minutes without a field goal until Palmer's basket brought Nebraska to within two at 68-66 with 20 seconds left, but Frazier and Smith iced the game for the Illini with free throws in the final seconds.

Nebraska found itself facing an early deficit as Illinois went on an 11-0 run before the first media timeout. After a Copeland 3-pointer, Nebraska missed its next five shots, while Illinois hit five straight after missing its first two to open the game. Black scored seven consecutive points to put the Illini ahead 11-3, before a Roby basket ended the run.

Roby scored the next five NU points, while four-consecutive points from Palmer brought the Huskers to within two at 16-14. Evan Taylor tallied five straight for NU, but Black scored 10 of Illinois' next 12 points to give the Illini a 28-22 lead, before a Kipper Nichols triple forced a Nebraska timeout at 31-22 with 7:33 left in the half.

Illinois led by as many as 11 at 33-22 just after the seven-minute mark, before NU went on a 9-2 run capped by Roby's third 3-pointer of the half to bring the Huskers within four at 35-31 with under three minutes to play. The Illini kept applying the pressure on the offensive end, however, and led by 10 at 43-33 before Gill's first basket of the game, a 3-pointer from the corner, cut the lead to 43-36 at halftime. The Illini shot a blistering 62 percent from the field and made 7 of 9 from downtown in the half, as Black led the way with 17 points, while Nichols had 12. Roby paced Nebraska in the opening stanza with 13 points, five boards and three blocks, while Copeland had nine points at the break.

For the game, Black led Illinois with a career-high 28 points, while Frazier and Nichols both added 12, though Nichols did not score in the second half. Illinois held a 38-29 advantage on the boards, and shot 43.5 percent from the field for the game, but the Huskers did limit the Illini to just 27 percent in the second half.

Nebraska will return to Lincoln for the first of a two-game regular-season-ending homestand on Tuesday, as the Huskers welcome surging Indiana to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., and a very limited number of tickets are available at Huskers.com/Tickets, or by calling the Nebraska ticket office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. The game will be bradcast on BTN and can be heard around the world on the Husker Sports Network.


Huskers Top Cougars to Finish 3-1 Weekend

Tempe, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (3-1) opened its season by winning three of its first four games after a 5-3 victory over Washington State at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Warren made his first start at Nebraska and went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs and struck out four Cougars. Robbie Palkert earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings. Matt Waldron added 1.1 innings, while Jake Hohensee notched his first save in 1.0 inning of work.

After giving up one run in the first inning, the Huskers responded with one run of its own in the top of the second when Jesse Wilkening homered to left field. In the third inning, the Cougars took a one-run lead again, but the Huskers responded with one run in the top of the fourth. Following back-to-back hit-by-pitches, a sacrifice bunt by Jaxon Hallmark advanced the runners to second and third. Zac Repinski scored on a Ben Klenke groundout in the following at-bat.

Nebraska scored two runs in the seventh inning and one run in the ninth inning. Angelo Altavilla drew a leadoff walk and scored after Mojo Hagge reached on a throwing error, which advanced Hagge to third. Hagge scored two at-bats later when Wilkening hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Washington State cut the lead to 4-3 after eight innings, but Scott Schreiber hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Hohensee retired all three Cougars he faced in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers return to Arizona next week when they visit Surprise, Ariz., for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. NU has two games against Oregon State and two games against Utah from Thursday to Sunday.


Huskers Fall to Boston College, 3-0

Atlanta, Ga. -- The Nebraska softball team (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) snapped its seven-game winning streak Sunday morning, falling to Boston College (3-6, 0-0 ACC) 3-0 in its final game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Nebraska struggled against All-ACC pitcher Jessica Dreswick and didn't take advantage of any offensive opportunities. The Huskers left 10 runners on base and only got three hits against the Eagles. Kaylan Jablonski got her first loss of the season, falling to 4-1. She pitched 4.1 innings, gave up eight hits and three runs. She also had three strikeouts. Caitlin Bartsch pitched 0.2 innings of relief and didn't give up any hits or runs. Olivia Ferrell finished the game for the Huskers in the circle, pitching one inning and giving up just one hit. Dreswick pitched a complete game shutout and moved to 2-2 on the season. She allowed no runs, gave up three hits and struck out four batters. On offense, Nebraska only recorded three hits. Taylor Otte, Alyvia Simmons and Alexis Perry each had one. NU had some other opportunities to score though as Boston College committed two errors and the Huskers drew four walks - three by Rylie Unzicker and one by Tristen Edwards - but in the end the Eagles' defense got the best of the Huskers.The Huskers got on base early, but did not score. In the top of the first, Edwards drew a one-out walk and Madi Unzicker reached on a fielding error to put runners on first and second. However, the Eagles retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Boston College also got right to work on offense. In the bottom of the first, Boston College drew a walk with one out and the next batter doubled to deep center field to score a run and give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Another single scored a second run for the Eagles to give them a 2-0 lead. The Huskers got out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.In the second inning, Rylie Unzicker got a leadoff walk. She moved to second on a ground out to first base, but was stranded there as the next two batters struck out and grounded out to third, respectively. In the bottom of the inning, Boston College singled to center field and the runner moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A single to right field scored a run and gave Boston College a 3-0 lead and the end of two. Nebraska got its first hit in the top of the third, when Otte singled to right field to put a runner on with no outs. Otte stole second to put a runner in scoring position, but the Huskers were not able to capitalize, as the next three batters got out, stranding the runner on second. In the fourth inning, the Big Red got another leadoff hit, this time a double by Simmons. Rylie Unzicker was walked and Bri Cassidy - the tying run - was brought to the plate. Cassidy advanced to first on a fielder's choice and Simmons was out on a close call at third. Bree Boruff pinch ran for Cassidy, but back-to-back ground outs ended the inning, leaving two Huskers on base. In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles got two singles to put runners on first and second with one out. Caitlin Bartsch came into pitch for Jablonski. The Huskers got the second out after Cassidy caught a base runner stealing at third. Nebraska got out of the inning after Otte made a great defensive play, catching a fly ball while hitting the wall. In the top of the sixth, Jablonski reached on an error and Rylie Unzicker drew a walk to put two runners on with one out, but the Eagles defense got the best of Nebraska, not allowing a single run. The Huskers made a small comeback effort in the top of the seventh. Perry got a leadoff single and Sarah Yocom pinch ran for her. A pop up got the Eagles their first out and a fielder's choice got Boston College its second out. Madi Unzicker was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, but a fly out to center field ended the game.Nebraska is back in action this week as the Huskers travel to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Classic Feb. 22-24. The first of five games is against Texas A&M. First pitch set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. There will be a live radio stream on Huskers.com courtesy of the IMG Husker Sports Network.


Five-Run Seventh Inning Helps NU Down Cougars

Tempe, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (2-0) won the first game of its Saturday doubleheader with an 8-3 triumph over Washington State at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Junior lefty Jake McSteen threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits, while striking out four Cougars. The game was a scoreless tie after three innings, but the Husker bats scored two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh to build an 8-0 advantage.

Junior Jesse Wilkening went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead NU’s offense. In the fourth inning, Mojo Hagge walked in the leadoff spot before Scott Schreiber singled to advance him to third. Wilkening’s single scored Hagge and advanced Schreiber to third. Schreiber scored on Alex Henwood’s sacrifice fly.

In the sixth inning, Hagge reached on an error and then scored later during a double play. In the seventh inning, Jaxon Hallmark reached on an error before Ben Klenke was hit-by-pitch. Joe Acker’s bunt advanced both runners and Altavilla’s hit-by-pitch scored the first run of the inning. After back-to-back strikeouts, Luke Roskam reached on an error. Wilkening doubled to score two runs before a groundout ended the inning.

Washington State, who falls to 0-2 on the season, scored three runs in the ninth inning.

The Huskers play their second game of the day at 5 p.m. (CT) against UC Riverside. On Sunday, NU wraps up its trip to Arizona by facing Washington State at 1 p.m. (CT).


Husker Road Winning Streak Ends at Indiana

Bloomington, Ind. - Six Huskers scored in double figures in a balanced offensive effort, but the Nebraska women's basketball team could not generate enough stops in the fourth quarter to extend its 10-game road winning streak in an 83-75 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

The Huskers, who lost their first true road game of the season, trailed 67-66 with 3:27 left, but the red-hot Hoosiers outscored Nebraska 16-9 down the stretch. Indiana secured its seventh consecutive Big Ten win to improve to 8-6 in the conference and 15-12 overall. Nebraska slipped to 19-8 overall and 10-4 in the conference.

Nebraska, which was playing its second road game in four days, shot just 38.2 percent (26-68) from the field. Indiana, which had five days to prepare for Senior Day for Hoosier seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, shot a sizzling 46.4 percent from the field, including 36 percent from three-point range. The Hoosiers also buried 22-of-25 free throws.

Buss erupted for a game-high 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the field, while going 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Cahill added 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for Indiana. Freshman Jaelynn Penn added 21 points, as those three Hoosiers combined for 74 points - just one shy of Nebraska's total in the game.

While the Hoosiers got huge games from their top three players, Nebraska's deep roster got balance throughout. Janay Morton and Nicea Eliely each led Nebraska with 12 points, while Jasmine Cincore and Hannah Whitish each contributed 11 points in the Big Red backcourt. Freshman Taylor Kissinger added her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow freshman Kate Cain just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior Maddie Simon just missed double figures with nine points.

The Huskers also dominated the glass, outrebounding the home-standing Hoosiers 45-30, including 22-7 on the offensive boards. Nebraska turned the 22 offensive boards into 24 second-chance points, but Indiana managed 11 points on seven offensive rebounds to minimize NU's advantage.

Nebraska turned the offensive boards into 12 extra field goal attempts, but both teams hit 26 field goals and nine three-pointers in the game. Indiana outscored Nebraska 22-14 at the free throw, as the Huskers were forced to foul late in the game, and the Hoosiers converted.

Nebraska got off to a solid start, working its way to a 14-8 lead through the game's first six minutes, but Buss led an Indiana rally by scoring six straight points for the Hoosiers to close the quarter and send the two teams to the second quarter tied at 19.

The Huskers opened the quarter ice cold, missing their first seven shots from the field. The Hoosiers took advantage by pushing their lead to eight points on two occasions, the last time on a Buss jumper with 3:04 left in the half to make it 31-23 Indiana.

But Nebraska rallied to hit five of its final seven shots of the half to cut Indiana's halftime lead to 36-32.

Indiana hit 46.2 percent (12-26) of its first-half shots, including 2-of-9 threes, while going 10-for-10 at the free throw line. The Hoosiers benefitted from a 12-6 edge in personal fouls in the first half.

Nebraska hit just 32.4 percent (12-37) of its shots in the half, including 4-of-13 three-pointers, while going just 4-of-7 at the free throw line. The Huskers dominated the first-half glass, 27-14, including a 14-1 margin in offensive rebounds. NU turned its 14 offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points. Only one of Nebraska's first-half fouls was called while crashing the offensive boards.

The Huskers rallied in the third quarter, tying the game at 47 with 4:50 left and again at 49 with 4:16 to play in the period, but Cahill and Buss scored nine points on three consecutive threes to rebuild a 58-51 edge. The back-to-back threes by Buss were both after IU offensive boards. The Huskers never fully recovered.

The Huskers close home regular-season action on Thursday when they tangle with Penn State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Lady Lions at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m., with Senior Night festivities to follow the game. The Huskers will honor three seniors - Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton and Emily Wood - in postgame ceremonies so fans are encouraged to remain in the arena after the game.


Grand Island/Area Wrestlers Bring Home Hardware

Omaha, NE - The 2018 NSAA State Wrestling tournament wrapped up on Saturday with Grand Island and area schools being represented in the medal rounds at the Century Link Center. Below is a list of athletes who are coming home with a place medal. 


Grand Island- Class A

Eliceo Ramirez (106) - Saturday W 7-0, W 6-3 (3rd Place) 

Kolton Silva (152) - Saturday L 6-3 (2nd Place)


Aurora- Class B

Caden Svoboda (106) - Saturday W 6-5, L 10-0 (4th Place)

Trevor Kluck (126) - Saturday L 4-0, L 17-6 (6th Place)


Northwest - Class B

Collin Quandt (113) - Saturday L 18-2 (2nd Place) 

Dalton Quandt (152) - Saturday L 13-4 (2nd Place) 

Jeb South (182) - Saturday W Pin, L 12-3 (4th Place) 

Grady Griess (195) - Saturday L 9-2 (2nd Place) 

Cooper Kiser (220) - Saturday L 11-6 (2nd Place) 


Central City - Class C 

Dyson Kunz (106) - Saturday L 6-1 (2nd Place) 

Koby Brandenburg (126) - Saturday W 5-2 (State Champion) 

Noah Carlson (220) - Saturday L Pin, W 4-2 (5th Place) 


Donipahn Trumbull - Class C 

Drake Belville (113) - Saturday L Pin, L 6-1 (6th Place) 

Austin Spike (126) - Saturday L 9-0, L Pin (6th Place) 


Nebraska Christian - Class C 

Elijah Green (132) - Saturday L 9-7, L 16-7 (6th Place) 


Wood River - Class C 

Evan Waddington - (138) - Saturday W 3-2 (State Champion) 


Palmer - Class D 

Ruger Reimers (120) - Saturday W 3-0, W 5-1 (3rd Place) 

Connor Donscheski (152) - Saturday W Pin, W Pin (3rd Place) 

Spencer Wichmann (160) - Saturday W 6-2, W 4-0 (3rd Place) 


Team Titles 

Class A - Lincoln East - 2nd Kearney 

Class B - Omaha Skutt - 2nd Northwest 

Class C - Valentine 

Class D - Burwell - 4th Palmer 


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