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Huskers Fall to Tennessee in Nashville

02-Jan-2017 / www.huskers.com
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

31-Dec-2016 / www.huskers.com
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

28-Dec-2016 / www.huskers.com
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

27-Dec-2016 / NU Athletic Communications
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

23-Dec-2016 / Ap

BOYS SCORES
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

Championship
Mullen 59, Garden County 51

GIRLS BASKETBALL
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

Championship
Mullen 56, Maywood-Hayes Center 37



Huskers Fall to No. 1 UConn

22-Dec-2016 / www.huskers.com
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.

Lamberson leaving UNK football for Abilene Christian

21-Dec-2016 / www.unknews.com

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney head football coach Josh Lamberson has resigned to accept a position on the staff at Abilene Christian University.

Lamberson joins new Abilene Christian head coach Adam Dorrel. Lamberson served on the same coaching staff with Dorrel at their alma mater, Northwest Missouri State, working as a graduate assistant in 2006-07 when Dorrel was the offensive line and offensive coordinator coach.

“We are very sad to see Josh go, but we understand that opportunities like this don’t come along often,” said UNK Director of Athletics Paul Plinske. “Josh worked tirelessly for two years to elevate Loper football. He regularly emphasized the importance of being a great person, and he successfully created a strong family culture.”

Lamberson was named UNK’s head coach in 2014, and the Lopers went 1-21 in his first two seasons. He made $105,000 in 2016 and was entering the final year of a three-year contract. UNK recently offered Lamberson an extended contract until 2019.

“Even in the midst of difficulties, he maintained professionalism, dedication to the student-athlete experience and a vision for the success of our program,” said Plinske.

Abilene Christian is a NCAA Division I school in Texas transitioning to the Football Championship Subdivision. It will play in a new stadium in 2017.

Plinske said UNK will begin the process of hiring a new head coach immediately. National signing day is Feb. 1, and UNK has many scheduled player visits in January.

“I could not be more excited about what we are building and the next steps we will take to carry on with the vision of Loper football,” Plinske said. “We know that success is right around the corner for this program because the right foundation has been laid. We have 90 young, talented and ambitious returners ready to embrace a new leader who possesses the skills we need to sustain our family culture and field a competitive team.”

Prior to coming to UNK, Lamberson spent five seasons at Central Missouri (2010-14), including four as offensive coordinator. Lamberson also worked two seasons at Southeastern Oklahoma State (2008-10) as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

A native of Wilber, Lamberson had a career record of 80-30 in nine years as an assistant coach at Central Missouri (39-19), Southeastern Oklahoma State (13-9) and Northwest Missouri State (28-2).

In addition to his coaching stops, Lamberson was an All-American quarterback at Northwest Missouri State, where he played in two Division II national championships.

High School Basketball Scores 12/20

21-Dec-2016 / www.nsaahome.org
High school basketball scores from Tuesday December 20th 

Boys Scores 

Girls Scores 

Husker men get by Southern

21-Dec-2016 / www.huskers.com
Lincoln, Neb. – Freshman Jeriah Horne scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, as Nebraska closed non-conference play with an 81-76 win over Southern Tuesday evening.

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

18-Dec-2016 / www.huskers.com

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.

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