Husker Comeback Falls Short vs Indiana
Nebraska overcame an 18-point deficit to take a three-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining, but Indiana held on for an 84-76 win over the Huskers Sunday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Teddy Allen led five Huskers (4-8, 0-5 Big Ten) in double figures with 21 points, while Lat Mayen chipped in a career-high 15 points, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Nebraska withstood a blistering Hoosier start, as IU hit 11 of its first 15 shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range to build a 31-13 lead.
The Huskers regrouped, as Shamiel Stevenson keyed an 8-0 spurt to pull NU within 31-21 after Mayen's third 3-pointer of the half. Indiana eventually pushed the margin to 15 before the Huskers ran off seven straight points, the final two coming off a Derrick Walker layup to make it 42-34 with 2:25 left in the half. Indiana, which shot 53 percent in the first half, stretched the lead back to 12 with the final four point off the half, the last coming on Trey Galloway's tip-in to beat the first half buzzer.
Nebraska, roared back in the second half, using a 19-4 surge behind the play of Derrick Walker, who had 10 points in his Husker debut, and Trey McGowens, who had 10 points and six assists. Nebraska took a 63-62 lead on a Kobe Webster 3-pointer with 9:39 left.
The Huskers, who hit 13 of their first 17 shots from the field in the second half, eventually built the lead to 69-66 after a McGowens' layup with 7:21 remaining capped a streak of seven straight makes for Nebraska.
The Hoosiers (8-5, 3-3 Big Ten) would answer back, as Anthony Leal's 3-pointer would knot the score at 69. With the score tied at 72. Trayce Jackson-Davis took over, scoring six of his 15 points to help Indiana build a 77-72 lead. NU got to within 77-75 on Allen's 3-pointer with 2:11 left, but could not get closer.
Rob Phinisee led four Indiana in double figures with 18 points, including 16 in the first half, while Jackson-Davis posed a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.
The Huskers stay home to face Illinois Wednesday at 8 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network.