Husker men stun Indiana
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
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
Central City Holiday Tournament
Cross County 46, St. Paul 32
Knight Classic Tournament
Hartington Cedar Catholic 55, Mead 49
Howells/Dodge 61, Archbishop Bergan 53
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
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 40, Garden County 38
Mullen 56, Maywood-Hayes Center 37
Huskers Fall to No. 1 UConn
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
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
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
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.
Lamberson leaving UNK football for Abilene Christian
High School Basketball Scores 12/20
Husker men get by Southern
Horne, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Overland Park, Kan., hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers to pace four Huskers in double figures.
Horne’s 3-pointer with 11:01 left broke a 53-all tie and keyed a decisive 8-0 run for the Huskers, who improved to 6-6 on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak. After Southern closed to within 66-63, Horne came through with five points in a 7-2 Husker spurt, including a 3-pointer with 3:49 left to stake the Huskers a 73-65 advantage before his final basket, a jumper with 14.1 seconds remaining to beat the shot clock, gave the Huskers a 79-73 lead.
Southern (4-8) had one final opportunity as a 3-pointer from Emanual Sheperd with 4.1 second left, but Glynn Watson Jr. hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
Watson had 13 points for the Huskers, while Anton Gill came off the bench for 10 points and three rebounds, as the Husker reserves accounted for a season-high 38 bench points.
In the first half, the Huskers got a balanced attack and a strong performance from the bench in taking a 40-36 halftime lead. Nebraska put eight players into the scoring column, including six points apiece from Ed Morrow Jr., Gill and Jordy Tshimanga.
Nebraska trailed 14-11 at the 14:39 mark before the Husker reserves keyed a 14-2 spurt, as the bench scored all 14 of the Huskers point, including six markers from Tshimanaga, who also had five boards in the first half, and a pair of 3-pointers from Gill, the second putting the Huskers up 25-16 with 10:03 left in the half.
The Huskers led 34-25 after an Evan Taylor jumper, but the Jaguars used an 8-2 spurt to pull within 36-33after a 3-pointer from Shawn Prudhomme, who had eight first-half points. The Huskers eventually built a 40-33 lead before Brandon Ganaway banked in a 30-footer to beat the halftime buzzer, as Southern went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the opening half.
Ganaway’s 3-pointer sparked the visitors, who used a 12-1 spurt to build a 45-41 lead after a banked in 3-pointer from Tre’Lun Banks with 15:57 left. Banks led four Jaguars in double figures with 16 points.
Nebraska fought right back as a Watson’s 3-pointer keyed six unanswered points as the Huskers built a 47-45 lead after a pair of Evan Taylor free throws with 14:34 left, and neither team seized control until NU’s run keyed by Horne.
The Huskers will be off until opening Big Ten play at No. 16 Indiana on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
Huskers Fall to Gardner-Webb, 70-62
Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska’s struggles from the offensive end proved costly, as the Huskers fell to Gardner-Webb, 70-62, at Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Huskers (5-6) shot just 39 percent from the field, including 3-of-17 from 3-point range, and just 15-of-26 from the line after entering the game 13th in the nation in free throw percentage.
Tyrell Nelson led all scorers with 24 points and nine rebounds for the visitors. His 3-pointer with 12:57 left gave the Bulldogs (7-5) the lead for good at 45-43, as Gardner-Webb used a 5-0 spurt to seize the lead for good.
Nelson also came up big after the Huskers whittled a seven-point deficit to 58-55 with 5:16 left, as he came up with a pair of baskets to stretch the lead back to 62-55 with 3:59 left.
The Huskers would make one last run as a Glynn Watson Jr. 3-pointer and a pair of Tai Webster free throws made it a two-point game, at 62-60, with 2:21 left, but NU was unable to get any closer than three points in the final two minutes.
Webster led NU with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, but had seven of the Huskers’ season-high 20 turnovers. Watson, who came off the bench, finished with 14 points and three assists.
Ed Morrow Jr. led NU with 18 rebounds – the most by a Husker since the 2006-07 season, along with four blocked shots and nine points.
David Efianayi added 11 points for the winners, who shot 48 percent in the second half and went 12-of-17 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.
In the first half, the Huskers fell behind early, but got an early boost from its bench in building an 11-4 lead. Nebraska used an 8-0 run to erase an early deficit, as Isaiah Roby and Watson came off the bench and combined for six of eight points in the spurt, including consecutive baskets from Roby.
The extended advantage would be short-lived, as the visitors ran off five straight points to get within 11-9 after a Nelson jumper and neither team led by more than five the remainder of the first half when the Huskers took a 30-28 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers look to bounce back on Tuesday when they welcome Southern to the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The game will be available on BTN Plus and the Husker Sports Network and tickets are available for the matchup by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.
Husker women fall at Creighton
Fifth-year senior Marissa Janning, the 2014 BIG EAST Player of the Year, hit a career high seven threes on her way to a team-high 22 points for the Jays.
Nebraska sophomore forward Jessica Shepard produced her sixth double-double of the year with 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 4-7 on the season. Creighton, the preseason pick to win the BIG EAST Conference, improved to 5-4.
Janning hit 7-of-13 shots from the floor for CU, including 7-of-11 threes. She also dished out nine assists. She led four Jays in double figures, including 16 points from sophomore Audrey Faber, who hit 3-of-8 threes. The Jays also got 11 points from Lincoln native Lauren Works, who hit 3-of-7 threes, and 10 points and seven assists from Sydney Lamberty.
Shepard was the only Husker who managed double figures, but Nicea Eliely produced six points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Allie Havers added six points and six boards, while Darrien Washington contributed six points and four boards off the bench.
As a team, Nebraska hit 37.3 percent (22-59) of its shots from the field, including just 3-of-16 threes (.188). The Huskers hit 17-of-25 free throws (.680), while outrebounding the Jays 43-37.
Creighton hit 41.9 percent (26-62) of its shots, including 15-of-38 threes (.395). The 15 threes by the Jays matched the 15 triples hit by Colorado on Feb. 20, 2010. The Jays also knocked down 13-of-18 free throws and won the turnover battle 18-12.
Nebraska led Creighton 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bluejays outscored the Huskers 30-13 in the second quarter to take a 16-point halftime lead and never looked back. The Jays took their largest lead at 68-42 off Janning’s seventh three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
Shepard led the Huskers with 11 points and four rebounds, despite hitting just 2-of-10 first-half shots from the field. Janning led Creighton with 13 points, including 10 second-quarter points from 2014 Big East Player of the Year.
The Huskers took a 15-14 lead to the second quarter after a back-and-forth first quarter. NU fell behind by as many as four points at 8-4 after back-to-back three-pointers by Creighton with six minutes left. But the Huskers responded with a 6-0 run and eventually claimed a pair of three-point leads before settling for a one-point lead at the end of the quarter.
The Big Red quickly pushed the lead back to three at 17-14 on a shot by Esther Ramacieri with 9:35 left in the half, before five straight points from Creighton to take a 19-17 lead with nine minutes left. Shepard tied the game at 19 with a pair of free throws with 8:23 left.
Creighton then erupted on an 8-0 run that started with a three-pointer by Janning and capped by a four-point play by Jaylyn Agnew, who started with her steal at halfcourt that she completed with a layup and a flagrant foul by Jasmine Cincore.
Eliely stopped the run with a steal and a layup of her own, before Creighton took its first double-digit lead at 33-21 with six straight points capped by a layup from Works.
Creighton continued to push the lead, extending it to 19 points at 44-25 with two three pointers from Janning and two more from Faber in the final three minutes of the half. Shepard stopped the bleeding for the Huskers with her buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first half.
The Huskers conclude non-conference play on Wednesday when they take on No. 1 UConn in Lincoln. Tip-off between Nebraska and the four-time defending NCAA Champion Huskies is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
High School Basketball Scores 12/17
The Associated Press
Adams Central 38, Gibbon 30
Centura 57, Ord 47
Dundy County-Stratton 53, Perkins County 50
Hershey 72, Ogallala 62, OT
Lexington 48, Grand Island Northwest 37
Lincoln High 59, Lincoln North Star 54
Lincoln Pius X 63, Elkhorn South 49
Loomis 66, Brady 48
Millard North 66, Omaha Westside 58
Millard West 74, Millard South 66
Mitchell 77, Morrill 38
Nebraska Lutheran 54, Rocky Mountain Lutheran, Colo. 49
Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Elkhorn 49
Paxton 62, South Platte 23
Lakota Nation Tournament (Paha Sapa Bracket)
Lower Brule, S.D. 52, Omaha Nation 50
Omaha Gross Tournament
Blair 71, Omaha Gross Catholic 55
Platteview 60, Boys Town 56
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Alma vs. Red Cloud, ppd.
Arlington vs. Tekamah-Herman, ppd.
Ashland-Greenwood vs. Milford, ppd.
Banner County vs. Creek Valley, ppd. to Jan 26.
Battle Creek vs. West Holt, ppd. to Dec 19.
Bayard vs. Kimball, ppd.
Beatrice vs. Omaha Roncalli, ppd.
Boyd County vs. Elgin Public/Pope John, ppd.
Central City vs. Twin River, ppd.
Columbus Lakeview vs. David City, ppd. to Dec 20.
Columbus Scotus vs. Crete, ppd.
Cozad vs. Ainsworth, ppd. to Dec 19.
Diller-Odell vs. Hanover, Kan., ppd.
Doniphan-Trumbull vs. Fillmore Central, ppd.
Elm Creek vs. Eustis-Farnam, ppd.
Emerson-Hubbard vs. Winside, ppd.
Falls City vs. Plattsmouth, ppd.
Franklin vs. Heartland, ppd.
Fremont vs. Kearney, ppd.
Fullerton vs. Humphrey St. Francis, ppd. to Dec 19.
Gering vs. Chadron, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Wakefield, ppd.
Heartland Lutheran vs. Harvard, ppd.
Howells/Dodge vs. Clarkson/Leigh, ppd.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family vs. Nebraska Christian, ppd.
Hyannis vs. Wauneta-Palisade, ppd. to Jan 17.
Lawrence-Nelson vs. Shelton, ppd. to Dec 19.
Leyton vs. Hemingford, ppd.
Lincoln East vs. Grand Island, ppd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Aquinas, ppd.
Madison vs. Oakland-Craig, ppd.
Malcolm vs. Raymond Central, ppd.
McCook vs. Holdrege, ppd.
Mead vs. East Butler, ppd.
Medicine Valley vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Dec 19.
Mullen vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.
Nebraska City Lourdes vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd. to Jan 12.
North Platte vs. Norfolk, ppd. to Dec 19.
Omaha Christian Academy vs. Douglas County West, ppd.
Omaha Creighton Prep vs. Omaha Northwest, ppd. to Dec 22.
Pender vs. Stanton, ppd.
Plainview vs. Elkhorn Valley, ppd.
Schuyler vs. North Bend Central, ppd.
Sidney vs. Alliance, ppd. to Dec 22.
Sioux County vs. Arthur County, ppd. to Jan 30.
Southern vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd. to Dec 22.
St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. vs. Falls City Sacred Heart, ppd.
St. Mary's vs. North Central, ppd. to Jan 3.
St. Paul vs. Broken Bow, ppd. to Dec 19.
Sutton vs. Wood River, ppd.
Thayer Central vs. Tri County, ppd.
Walthill vs. Freeman Academy, S.D., ppd. to Dec 22.
Wayne vs. O'Neill, ppd. to Jan 3.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Sandy Creek, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Pleasanton, ppd.
York vs. Hastings, ppd.
Atlantic, Iowa vs. Elmwood-Murdock, ppd.
Carroll, Iowa vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa vs. Louisville, ppd.
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Iowa vs. Johnson-Brock, ppd.
Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa vs. Nebraska City, ppd.
Lewis Central, Iowa vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Sioux City, West, Iowa vs. Ralston, ppd.
Adams Central 68, Gibbon 42
Brady 56, Loomis 32
Dundy County-Stratton 62, Perkins County 14
Elkhorn 39, Omaha Skutt Catholic 17
Grand Island Northwest 46, Lexington 20
Hershey 44, Ogallala 42
Lincoln High 61, Lincoln North Star 50
Millard South 50, Millard West 42
Mitchell 77, Morrill 38
Omaha Westside 69, Millard North 60
Ord 49, Centura 33
South Platte 43, Paxton 30
Lakota Nation Tournament (Makosica Bracket)
Todd County, S.D. 85, Omaha Nation 47
Lakota Nation Tournament (Paha Sapa Bracket)
White River, S.D. 67, Winnebago 55
Omaha Gross Catholic Tournament
Platteview 49, Blair 35