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Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 3-0 Saturday night in Urbandale, Iowa. Despite the loss, Tri-City remains the 1st place team in the USHL league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Green Bay Gamblers at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game marked only the 3rd time this season that the Storm have been held off the scoreboard. Puck drop for Friday’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Des Moines scored the game’s 1st goal just over minutes into the game on goal by Michael Mancinelli. The Buccaneers added another goal with under three minutes to go in the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Des Moines’ 2nd goal of the game was scored by Johnny Russel on the power play. The Buccaneers outshot Tri-City 14-9 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

Mac Welsher netted the Buccaneers’ third goal of the game at 11:21 of the 2nd period to increase the lead to 3-0. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 10-9 and lead 3-0 entering the 3rd period. Neither teams scored a goal in the 3rd period and Tri-City was shutout for only the 3rd time this season. The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 31-26 in the game.

Tri-City dropped to 29-9-1-1 in the loss, but still holds a one-point lead over the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL league standings. The Storm return home next weekend to host the Eastern Conference’s Green Bay Gamblers in back to back games at the Viaero Center. The Gamblers dropped a road game 3-1 to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night.

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon to defeat the Lamar Community College Runnin’ Lopes 59-58.

The Knights trailed the Runnin’ Lopes at the end of the first quarter 19-17.

In the second quarter, the Runnin’ Lopes added to their lead, outscoring the Knights 15-11 to take a 34-28 half time lead.

The Knights began their comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Runnin Lopes’ 16-15 to cut the lead to 50-44.

In the fourth quarter the Knights outscored the Runnin’ Lopes 15-9 to secure the victory.

“We fought and played with a lot of heart,” Knights Head Coach Jeff Thurman said. “This win is a team effort. Proud of them!”

To show the team effort, the Knights had four players in scoring in double figures.  Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., led the way with 18 points.  She was followed by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., who scored 14 points.  Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., and Nerea Castellano, from Barcelona, Spain, each scored 12 points for the Knights.

Nacona and Belmore each had a double-double by finishing with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively.

The Knights improve to 3-17 on the year.

The Runnin’ Lopes drop to 2-22 on the season. They had two players in double figures.  Lana Skripkina and Hanna Diaz each had 13 points.

Skripkina grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Anaya Matthews added 11 rebounds.

The Knights are in action next on Tuesday night when they host Northeastern Junior College at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium.

It is the first half of a women and men doubleheader.

The game that was scheduled for tomorrow against Colorado State University club team was cancelled and will not be made up.

Tip-off for the Northeastern game for the women will be at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Lamar, Colo. – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team got back on the winning track as they defeated the Lamar Community College  Runnin’ Lopes, 61-53 at the LCC Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon in a Region IX South Sub-Region game.

After falling behind the Runnin’ Lopes 10-2, the Knights outscored the Runnin’ Lopes 20-10 the remainder of the half to take a 22-20 lead into half time.

In the second half, the Knights shot 13 for 23 from the field, or 56.5 percent to outscore the Runnin’ Lopes 39-33 to gain the win.

Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, led the Knights, now 16-2, and 5-1 in Region IX South Sub-Region play with 21 points.

Johnson went eight of nine from the floor and five for seven from the free throw line.

Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, was next in scoring with 12 points, going four for six from the floor and a perfect four for four from the free throw line.

The other Knight to score in double figures with 10 points.

Karwowski had eight rebounds and two blocks for the Knights.

The Runnin’ Lopes, now 14-10 overall and 2-4 in South Sub-Region play, had three players in double figures. 

Bevin Brimble led the Runnin’ Lopes in scoring with 18 points.  Blayton Williams and Jubrile Belo each had 10 points.

Veron Kalonji led the Runnin’ Lopes with eight rebounds.

The Knights are in action next on Tuesday night when they host Northeastern Junior College at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium.

It is the second half of a women and men doubleheader.

Tip-off for the men’s game will be at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Kearney, Neb. – The sixth-ranked Fort Hays State Tigers closed on a 49-19 run to rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 74-64, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

The Tigers improve to 19-1 (10-1) and beat the Lopers (12-8, 5-6) in OT for the third time in the last eight meetings.

UNK dominated the first 25 minutes, opening up a 45-25 lead midway through the third quarter. At this point in the game the Lopes were shooting 50 percent from the field with the Tigers firing blanks and hovering around 22 percent. However, 16 offensive rebounds and 25 Kearney turnovers gave Hays life as well as 19 more shot attempts.

A three from freshman Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) didn't drop at the 4:42 mark of the third and UNK up 20. The Tigers responded with a quick three in transition to start an epic 28-6 run. This spurt featured seven made threes; Hays finished 9 of 31 from downtown.

During this stretch, freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, SD) was sidelined with foul trouble and sophomore guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) was out due to injury. UNK's leader in several areas, she left at the 6:34 mark of the third and didn't return. Starting guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) also missed several minutes in the third due to a leg cramp but she came back in the fourth.

"When two of your starting guards go out it changes the complexity of everything.  We were scrambling a little bit, playing some people out of position. Offensively we got out of rhythm and defensively our communication broke down. Kelsey and Klaire are our best two communicators on defense … we had some confusion and let them hit some transition threes. That got them going and gave them some confidence," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey. 

Now down 53-51 with 5:29 left, UNK regrouped to move ahead 59-56 by the 1:12 mark thanks to a mid-range jumper by senior Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.). Hays senior Tatyana Legette countered with a bucket and then McCool missed two contested shots in the paint with 30 seconds left. Junior Kacey Kennett was fouled soon after but missed the second one, giving UNK a chance. A three from the left wing by freshman Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) was just long right before the buzzer sounded.

Hays never trailed in overtime, moving ahead 66-61 by the three minute mark. The Lopers had a chance to tie things up at 66 but a McCool jumper hit iron with 56 seconds left and then the Tigers were strong at the line.

"We never let them have an easy look until that run in third. Kelsey is the backbone of our defense and she has a lot more experience and a calming presence about her. She was guarding one of the players that went off late," said Eighmey.

Legette had 23 of her game-high 25 points after intermission with Kennett tallying 18 of her 20 in the second half and overtime. The duo combined to go 13 of 28 (6 of 12) from the field, 13 of 19 at the line, and provide 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Hays shot just 32 percent (25 of 78) from the field and was out rebounded by a 48-43 margin. They overcame that by having 18 second chance points and 15 points off those 25 Loper miscues.

"We let Kennett have four or five open looks in the second half and she started hitting them. Early in the game those shots weren't quite that easy," said Eighmey. "Tatyana is a really good player. Every time we play them they go to her late in games because she can produce."

Making 46 percent of its field goals (27 of 48), UNK finished with four made treys and a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint. A balanced attack saw seven different players in the scoring column led by 16 from freshman post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn). Next, McCool grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored eight points with starting forward Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) at 10 points and five caroms.

UNK heads to Missouri Southern State and nationally-ranked Pittsburg State next weekend.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward AJ Jackson scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help Nebraska-Kearney beat Fort Hays State, 59-56, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the 131st meeting between the two longtime rivals. UNK (7-13, 2-9) is now 6-8 in games decided by 10 points or less with Hays (13-7, 7-4) falling to 7-4 in such contests. Back in early December the Tigers posted a 76-73 win over the Lopers.

UNK's only deficit was at 2-0 but they never also led by more than 10 points. A plus six rebounding margin led to 13 second chance points as the Lopers led 33-27 at the break and 53-43 with 4:38 to play.

Forcing a couple of turnovers on inbounds plays, the Tigers went on a 10-4 run over the next four minutes to make things interesting. Down 57-53 with 18 seconds left and the ball, Hays missed a three but grabbed the offensive rebound. However, junior guard Chase Winchester (DeSoto, Texas) recorded a steal and two free throws salted things away. Guard Aaron Nicholson did sink about a 65 footer as the buzzer sounded to provide the final points.

Jackson (Bellevue West) was on point from opening tip and reached his offensive total by making 8 of 12 shots and 6 of 8 free throws. Having five offensive and five defensive rebounds, he also had an assist and one of UNK's five blocks. Jackson's previous career-high point total of 15 happened back in November at Wayne State and this is his second career double double. 

Next, Winchester came off the bench and went 3 of 4 from behind the arc to tally 11 with freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney) scoring 11 of his 13 in the second half. Finally, posts Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) and Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) helped limit Hays forward Brady Werth in check. He came in averaging 16 points but was limited to 11 tonight on 5 of 14 shooting. He picked up two early fouls and logged 28 minutes. 

"Having played them once this year, we kind of know what to expect but you still have to go out and play. We came out and probably did a few things better this time around than at their place," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "We were able to beat a good team at home and we have a few more here we need to win."

Nicholson carried the Tigers early and finished with a team-high 15 points on 6 of 9 (3 of 4 threes) shooting. Reserve Devin Davis had 11 points and six boards in just 15 minutes while the Tigers finished the night 22 of 59 (37%) from the field.

UNK heads to Missouri Southern State and Pittsburg State next weekend.


Nebraska's Sam Haiby earned the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of her career when the conference office announced its weekly honors on Monday, Feb. 4.

Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., put together her best week in conference play by averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just 19.5 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red. She hit 66.7 percent of her shots from the field (10-15), including 75 percent (3-4) of her three-point attempts while connecting on 87.5 percent (7-8) of her free throws.

Haiby capped her week with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Indiana. She opened the week with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 17 minutes in a win at Purdue. Haiby set a career high by hitting a trio of three-pointers against the Boilermakers, including a running half-court buzzer beater to end the third quarter.

In eight quarters, Haiby hit four shots to close quarters, including a buzzer-beating driving layup the length of the court to end the third quarter against Indiana.

For the season, Haiby is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 21.5 minutes per game as one of the Big Ten's most productive freshmen. She joins fellow Husker Leigha Brown among the list of Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honorees in 2018-19. Brown earned the honor on Jan. 7.

Haiby shared the Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award with Michigan's Naz Hillmon, who captured her fourth weekly award of the season. Haiby, Brown and Hillmon will square off against each other on Thursday in Ann Arbor when the Huskers take on Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.


Lincoln - Sam Haiby scored 17 points and Hannah Whitish added 16, but Nebraska could not overcome a double-digit third-quarter deficit in an 82-78 loss to Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

After building a seven-point lead in the first quarter, Nebraska fell behind Indiana by 12 points late in the third before rallying in a possession-for-possession game throughout the fourth period.

Trailing 58-46 with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Huskers rallied to tie the score at 65 and again at 68 with just over four minutes left, but Indiana made enough plays down the stretch to escape with a victory.

Nebraska slipped to 5-6 in the Big Ten and 10-12 overall. The Huskers are 1-5 in conference games decided by two possessions or less after playing their 10th game of the season decided by six or fewer points. Indiana improved to 17-6 and 6-5 in the league by improving to 5-4 on the year in two possessions games.

Haiby, a freshman from Moorhead, Minn., got her 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a 7-for-8 effort at the free throw line, while Whitish notched her sixth consecutive game in double figures with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She was also 3-for-6 from three-point range.

Senior Maddie Simon gave the Huskers a spark off the bench by scoring all 12 of her points in the second half. She scored 10 points in a 7:26 span to help Nebraska erase Indiana's 58-46 lead to tie the game at 65 on Simon's three-pointer with 5:42 left. Simon also led the Huskers with seven rebounds and two steals.

Sophomore Kate Cain added nine points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Big Red, while Taylor Kissinger pitched in eight points, three boards and two assists.

Ali Patberg led Indiana with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a three-pointer with 3:59 left that gave the Hoosiers the lead for good at 71-68. Patberg. The junior guard also sank 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30.6 seconds to help IU seal the win.

Jaelynn Penn pitched in 20 points and five rebounds, before fouling out with 30.3 seconds left. Penn scored five straight points, including a three-pointer, to push IU's lead to 76-70 with 2:06 to play.

Senior Kym Royster contributed a double-double for the Hoosiers with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Royster went 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free throw line, including Indiana's final point of the game with eight seconds left.

As a team, Indiana hit 46 percent (29-63) of its shots from the field, including 21-of-34 (.618) combined in the second and third quarters. The Hoosiers finished 6-for-18 from three-point range, including 6-for-14 in the second half, and sealed the victory by going 18-for-21 at the free throw line (.857) for the game. IU out-rebounded the Huskers 37-36, but Nebraska outscored Indiana 15-11 on second-chance points. The Hoosiers also won a tight turnover battle, 13-12.

Nebraska hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of its shots, but just 4-of-22 threes (.182) against the Big Ten's best three-point field goal percentage defense. The Huskers hit 20-of-29 free throws (.690) in the game.

Nebraska got off to a solid start by jumping to an 8-2 lead and building the margin to 15-8 with a minute left in the first quarter. However, junior wing Nicea Eliely was whistled for her second foul with a minute left in the quarter. NU closed the first period with a 17-12 lead.

The Huskers maintained a 25-22 lead despite sophomore center Kate Cain picking up her second foul early in the second quarter, but Indiana put together an 8-0 run over a two-minute stretch midway through the period to take a 30-25 lead.

Indiana took a 36-32 lead to the locker room at the half by hitting 48.4 percent (15-31) of its first-half shots, primarily on mid-range jumpers and action to the rim. Royster led Indiana with 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, while also going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Royster added six first-half rebounds. Patberg added eight points and four assists for the Hoosiers in the half. The Hoosiers hit 11-of-15 shots from the floor in the second quarter, after going just 4-for-16 in the first period.

Nebraska answered by shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from the field, led by 11 first-half points from Whitish, including the only two three-pointers of the half by either team. Kissinger added eight points at the rim for the Big Red. Indiana won the first-half rebounding battle 18-17, and the Hoosiers also won the first-half turnover war, 9-7.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Thursday night when the Huskers travel to Michigan. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Wolverines at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT) with live national television coverage provided by the Big Ten Network. Free live audio will be available on from the Husker Sports Network.



Amherst 71, Wilcox-Hildreth 62

Ansley-Litchfield 61, Central Valley 54

Arapahoe 54, Hitchcock County 46

Bellevue West 84, Omaha Northwest 74

Burwell 81, Nebraska Christian 54

Cambridge 54, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Crete 58, Blair 46

Cross County 68, High Plains Community 29

David City 58, Sandy Creek 42

Eustis-Farnam 46, Elwood 43

Fort Calhoun 53, Conestoga 44

Fullerton 94, Heartland Lutheran 50

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 37

Grand Island 60, Omaha Burke 49

Hershey 70, Dundy County-Stratton 58

Kearney 48, Omaha Bryan 43

Kearney Catholic 58, Columbus Scotus 36

Lincoln Christian 65, Aquinas 48

Lincoln East 68, North Platte 50

Lincoln High 81, Omaha Benson 59

Lincoln Lutheran 44, Hastings St. Cecilia 30

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

McCook 52, Ainsworth 46

Millard South 61, Fremont 41

Millard West 65, Lincoln Northeast 32

Minden 63, Gothenburg 60

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Sidney, Iowa 56

Norfolk 55, Papillion-LaVista South 46

Norris 67, Columbus 65

Ogallala 66, Broken Bow 51

Omaha Central 56, Elkhorn South 51

Omaha Creighton Prep 63, Lincoln Pius X 62

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Beatrice 47

Omaha Roncalli 65, South Sioux City 35

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 91, Lincoln Southeast 61

Peetz, Colo. 61, Creek Valley 47

Platteview 69, Raymond Central 29

Scottsbluff 68, Sidney 55

Sioux County 62, Leyton 51

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 38

South Platte 53, Arthur County 41

Valentine 52, Chadron 49

Wahoo 58, Grand Island Central Catholic 57

York 59, Columbus Lakeview 50

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Freeman 57, Yutan 48

Third Place=

Auburn 51, Elmwood-Murdock 42

East Husker Conference=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, North Bend Central 56

Third Place=

Howells/Dodge 53, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48

Fort Kearney Conference=


Overton 60, Pleasanton 44

Third Place=

Elm Creek 66, Loomis 50

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 83, Ponca 65

Osmond 45, Wakefield 43

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 52, Wood River 51

Third Place=

Centura 57, Ord 54

Mid-State Conference=


Pierce 63, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62, OT

Fifth Place=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Crofton 52

Third Place=

Norfolk Catholic 68, Battle Creek 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=


Neligh-Oakdale 47, Clearwater/Orchard 40

Third Place=

West Holt 44, North Central 39

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Johnson-Brock 39

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 62, Centennial 47

Third Place=

Milford 57, Wilber-Clatonia 26

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 46, Kenesaw 42

Third Place=

Deshler 42, Lawrence-Nelson 27

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 59, Mitchell 36

Third Place=

Hemingford 78, Bayard 75


Amherst 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 31

Bellevue West 66, Omaha Northwest 58

Broken Bow 47, Ogallala 39

Burwell 49, Nebraska Christian 31

Cambridge 52, North Platte St. Patrick's 40

Central Valley 47, Ansley-Litchfield 27

Chadron 40, Valentine 26

Columbus Scotus 50, Kearney Catholic 46

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 44, Omaha Duchesne Academy 38

Cozad 63, Perkins County 12

Creek Valley 33, Peetz, Colo. 28

Crete 53, Blair 41

Cross County 39, High Plains Community 26

Elkhorn 54, Omaha Mercy 32

Elkhorn South 67, Omaha Central 43

Elwood 42, Eustis-Farnam 18

Fort Calhoun 67, Conestoga 31

Fullerton 53, Heartland Lutheran 40

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 18

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Lincoln Lutheran 29

Hershey 50, Dundy County-Stratton 28

Hitchcock County 49, Arapahoe 19

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Spalding Academy 28

Kearney 54, Omaha Bryan 14

Lincoln Christian 45, Aquinas 43

Lincoln East 55, North Platte 43

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

Loomis 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

McCook 56, Ainsworth 48

McPherson County 38, Elba 18

Millard South 56, Fremont 53

Millard West 59, Lincoln Northeast 48

Minden 48, Gothenburg 29

Norfolk 46, Papillion-LaVista South 43

Norris 43, Columbus 41

Omaha Benson 37, Lincoln High 26

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, Boys Town 31

Omaha Burke 66, Grand Island 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 45, Beatrice 33

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Hastings 20

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 54, Lincoln Southeast 24

Raymond Central 53, Platteview 45

Sandy Creek 54, David City 45

Sioux County 50, Leyton 43

South Loup 56, Southern Valley 37

South Platte 40, Arthur County 31

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Roncalli 47

York 42, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Louisville 48, Weeping Water 34

Third Place=

Malcolm 53, Freeman 26

East Husker Conference=


West Point-Beemer 58, Oakland-Craig 55, OT

Third Place=

Clarkson/Leigh 52, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 47

Fort Kearney Conference=


Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 27

Third Place=

Overton 40, Axtell 34

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Ponca 53, Randolph 33

Wynot 40, Hartington-Newcastle 33, 2OT

Louplatte Conference=

Third Place=

Ord 45, St. Paul 42

Mid-State Conference=

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 32, Boone Central/Newman Grove 25

Third Place=

Battle Creek 57, Pierce 36

Niobrara Valley Conference=


North Central 51, CWC 42

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 53, Boyd County 44

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Sterling 39

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 36, Johnson-Brock 32

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Fillmore Central 53, Milford 40

Third Place=

Superior 53, Centennial 51, OT

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 62, Lawrence-Nelson 32

Wood River 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 26

Third Place=

Red Cloud 55, Kenesaw 48

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 29

Third Place=

Kimball 52, Bayard 39


The Nebraska men’s basketball team got another 20-point performance from James Palmer Jr. and career efforts from Tanner Borchardt and Thomas Allen, but it was not enough in a 71-64 loss at Illinois Saturday afternoon.

Borchardt set career highs with 12 points and 18 rebounds, scoring in double figures for the first time in his career and pulling down double-digit rebounds for the second time in his career. While posting his first career double-double, Borchardt’s 18 rebounds tied for the most rebounds by a Husker in more than a decade. Palmer nearly had a double-double of his own, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. While Palmer reached the 20-point plateau for the 11th time this season, Allen had 11 points, his highest total in a Big Ten Conference game and the sophomore scored in double figures in back-to-back conference games for the first time in his career.

Behind Borchardt’s big day, Nebraska grabbed 50 rebounds and was plus-14 on the glass, both of which were its best efforts in a Big Ten game this year and second-highest totals of the season. The Huskers also benefited from an Illinois team that hit just 9-of-23 free throws, but the Illini shot 48.2 percent from the field and hit 8-of-20 3-pointers, while Nebraska shot just 35.7 percent and was 3-of-23 from beyond the arc.

With the loss, Nebraska fell to 13-9 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Illinois was led by Kipper Nichols, who tied his season high with 18 points after being held scoreless in the previous five games. The Illini, which won for the third time in six games, improved to 7-15 on the season and moved to 3-8 in conference action.

Nebraska led by as many as five in the first half, but the Huskers struggled over the final 12 minutes of the period, making only three field goals and scoring just 11 points. Illinois took advantage, outscoring Nebraska by 14 during the final 12 minutes to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room. NU shot just 32.3 percent from the line in the first half, and the Huskers were 3-of-12 from beyond the arc and just 6-of-13 at the free-throw line.

Illinois scored the first seven points of the game to force a quick Husker timeout, but Palmer, who scored 14 first-half points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers after the timeout to cap a 10-0 run that gave Nebraska a three-point lead. The Huskers stretched the lead to five at 18-13 on a dunk from Amir Harris with at the 12:10 mark, but Nebraska missed 10 of its final 13 shots of the half.

Following Harris’ dunk, Nebraska went scoreless for nearly four minutes, during which time Illinois went on a 10-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a five-point lead. Nichols, who had not scored in his last five games, scored seven straight points during the run. Illinois led 27-23 with five minutes to play in the half, but a 9-2 run stretched the lead to 11 with 2:59 remaining. Nebraska scored four of the final six points of the period to pull within nine at the break.

The offensive struggles continued to start the second half, as Nebraska did not score for the first three minutes of the period and didn’t hit its first field goal until more than four minutes into the half. Illinois meanwhile made four of its first six shots in the second half and led 46-33 at the first media timeout of the period.

After the slow start, Nebraska made 6-of-8 shots during one stretch – including three baskets from Allen – to pull within eight at the 12-minute mark. Back-to-back baskets from Glynn Watson Jr. trimmed the lead to seven at 54-47 with 10 minutes to play, but Nebraska was held scoreless for the next five minutes, leading to a 6-0 run that pushed the Illinois lead back to double digits at 60-47 with less than six minutes to play.

Nebraska was able to get the lead back down to nine two minutes later, before Illinois stretched the lead back to 14. The Huskers would not go away however, as Borchardt scored four points and Palmer added three during a 7-0 run that pulled Nebraska to within seven at 67-60 with 1:26 left. But that was as close as Nebraska missed seven of its final eight shots.

Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday, when the Huskers host No. 21 Maryland at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.

Nebraska Postgame Notes*-Tanner Borchardt grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, betting his previous high of 10 against Stetson on Dec. 29, 2017. It is the third straight game he has grabbed at least six rebounds. The 18 rebounds is the most by a Husker since Ed Morrow Jr. grabbed 18 against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 18, 2016. The last Husker to have more was Aleks Maric, who had 19 against Missouri 2007.
*-Borchardt’s 12-point, 18-rebound double-double was the first of his career. He is the fourth Husker to record a double-double this season. His 12 points were a career high (previous best was eight on two occasions).
*-Borchardt is the fifth Husker this season - second in as many games – to grab at least 10 rebounds.
*-James Palmer Jr. has been in double figures 22 times in 23 games, as he finished with 22 points. It was the 11th 20-point game of the year and 19th of his career. He now has 992 career points at Nebraska,
*-Nebraska finished with 18 second-chance points, its highest since getting 19 against Creighton on Dec. 8
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Illinois, 50-36, the first time the Huskers out-rebounded opponents in consecutive games since the first three games of the season.
*-Nebraska went 11-of-21 from the foul line, shooting a season-low 52.4 percent from the line.
*-Nebraska’s 10-0 run in the first half marked the Huskers’ 19th double-figure run this season.


Ansley-Litchfield 65, Sandhills/Thedford 40

Arapahoe 72, Brady 52

Ashland-Greenwood 42, Douglas County West 19

Bennington 63, Plattsmouth 49

Bertrand 65, Medicine Valley 41

Bishop Neumann 58, Columbus Scotus 41

Boys Town 50, Archbishop Bergan 40

Burwell 47, Spalding Academy 31

Cambridge 61, Perkins County 47

Cedar Bluffs 61, St. Edward 33

Columbus Lakeview 38, Schuyler 28

Creek Valley 80, Leyton 65

Dundy County-Stratton 37, Southwest 35

East Butler 56, High Plains Community 41

Exeter/Milligan 59, Hampton 20

Falls City 86, West Nodaway, Mo. 43

Garden County 62, Potter-Dix 20

Gering 69, Sidney 60

Giltner 57, Dorchester 31

Gothenburg 67, Valentine 41

Grand Island Northwest 53, Holdrege 41

Gretna 44, Elkhorn 38

Hitchcock County 60, Maywood-Hayes Center 31

Kearney 54, Elkhorn South 41

Lexington 64, Grand Island Central Catholic 62, OT

Lincoln East 61, Omaha Burke 53

Lincoln High 62, Fremont 35

Lincoln North Star 66, Papillion-LaVista 42

Lincoln Northeast 62, Omaha Benson 53

Lincoln Southeast 56, Norfolk 48

Lutheran High Northeast 74, Omaha Nation 69

Maxwell 49, Wallace 45

Meridian 66, Osceola 65

Millard North 73, Grand Island 59

Millard West 61, Millard South 42

Minatare 50, Sioux County 46

Mullen 55, South Loup 49

Nebraska Lutheran 61, McCool Junction 28

Norris 58, Nebraska City 36

North Platte 56, Hastings 45

North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Chase County 39

Ogallala 81, McCook 56

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 73, Parkview Christian 52

Omaha Gross Catholic 52, Columbus 39

Omaha North 55, Bellevue East 49

Omaha Roncalli 74, Ralston 60

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Beatrice 43

Omaha South 56, Papillion-LaVista South 40

Omaha Westside 74, Omaha Northwest 70

Paxton 63, Stapleton 16

Platteview 50, Syracuse 37

Rapid City Christian, S.D. 60, Chadron 51

Riverside 85, Nebraska Christian 28

Scottsbluff 59, Alliance 54

Seward 62, Blair 48

Shelby/Rising City 66, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54

Southern Valley 49, Alma 35

Twin Loup 54, Elba 10

Wahoo 84, Arlington 54

Wauneta-Palisade 52, Sutherland 44

Waverly 53, Aurora 28

York 64, Fairbury 45

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Conestoga 59, Malcolm 49

Johnson County Central 30, Louisville 26

Palmyra 52, Mead 38


Freeman 45, Elmwood-Murdock 42

Yutan 65, Auburn 61, OT

East Husker Conference=


Clarkson/Leigh 76, Tekamah-Herman 58

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 43, Wisner-Pilger 36

Oakland-Craig 53, West Point-Beemer 39

Pender 40, Stanton 39

Twin River 81, Madison 63


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 44

North Bend Central 66, Howells/Dodge 32

Fort Kearney Conference=


Overton 57, Loomis 50

Pleasanton 42, Elm Creek 39

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Bloomfield 46, Randolph 42

Creighton 49, Plainview 47

Emerson-Hubbard 60, Homer 59

Walthill 60, Allen 51


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 70, Wynot 46

Osmond 63, Winnebago 62

Ponca 57, Hartington-Newcastle 38

Wakefield 71, Wausa 37

Mid-State Conference=

Consolation Semifinal=

Crofton 71, O'Neill 56

Pierce 50, Norfolk Catholic 43


Boone Central/Newman Grove 58, Battle Creek 55

Pioneer Conference=


Diller-Odell 69, Lewiston 41

Sterling 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 34

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 72, Hemingford 47

Mitchell 79, Bayard 46


Alma 50, Southern Valley 47

Ashland-Greenwood 42, Douglas County West 19

Bennington 58, Plattsmouth 37

Bertrand 50, Medicine Valley 31

Brady 47, Arapahoe 32

Burwell 51, Spalding Academy 31

Cambridge 53, Perkins County 22

Cedar Bluffs 48, St. Edward 43

Chadron 44, Rapid City Christian, S.D. 23

Cody-Kilgore 48, Crawford 30

Columbus Lakeview 53, Schuyler 31

Dorchester 43, Giltner 41

Dundy County-Stratton 54, Southwest 14

East Butler 56, High Plains Community 28

Elkhorn 47, Gretna 37

Exeter/Milligan 57, Hampton 27

Fremont 74, Lincoln High 28

Garden County 39, Potter-Dix 21

Grand Island Central Catholic 45, Lexington 32

Grand Island Northwest 54, Holdrege 19

Hitchcock County 41, Maywood-Hayes Center 38

Kearney 38, Elkhorn South 36

Leyton 70, Creek Valley 26

Lincoln East 79, Omaha Burke 35

Lincoln North Star 53, Papillion-LaVista 48

Lincoln Northeast 59, Omaha Benson 58, OT

Lincoln Southeast 39, Norfolk 34

Maxwell 57, Wallace 30

McCool Junction 52, Nebraska Lutheran 19

Meridian 57, Osceola 34

Millard North 81, Grand Island 36

Millard South 58, Millard West 38

Norris 44, Nebraska City 33

North Platte 56, Hastings 45

North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Chase County 39

Ogallala 57, McCook 47

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 55, Parkview Christian 23

Omaha North 55, Bellevue East 49

Omaha Westside 64, Omaha Northwest 37

Papillion-LaVista South 57, Omaha South 27

Paxton 48, Stapleton 29

Platteview 41, Syracuse 32

Sandhills/Thedford 39, Ansley-Litchfield 32

Scottsbluff 64, Alliance 48

Seward 63, Blair 24

Shelby/Rising City 46, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 17

Sidney 61, Gering 51

Sioux County 45, Minatare 41

South Loup 39, Mullen 31

Twin Loup 59, Elba 35

Valentine 35, Gothenburg 34

Wahoo 63, Arlington 41

Wauneta-Palisade 49, Sutherland 31

Waverly 53, Aurora 28

York 36, Fairbury 32

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 36, St. Paul 32

Wood River 53, Ord 40

Pioneer Conference=


Diller-Odell 38, Southern 36

Tri County 45, Pawnee City 38

Twin Valley Conference=

Franklin 60, Harvard 49


Blue Hill 62, Kenesaw 29

Lawrence-Nelson 52, Red Cloud 20

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 51, Bayard 31

Mitchell 74, Kimball 26


Falls City vs. West Nodaway, Mo., ccd.