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Kearney, Neb. – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos shot 52 percent from the field and used 9-0 run midway through the second half to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 77-70, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UCO (8-6, 1-4) picks up its first MIAA while UNK (5-9, 0-5) has now lost five league games by a combined 20 points.

The Bronchos, led by junior guard Ashford Golden (19 points & nine rebounds) and senior forward Adarius Avery (15 points, nine rebounds & six assists), never trailed but also couldn't shake the Lopers until the very end. UNK hung around thanks to 11 made three pointers and a big night from sophomore reserve Austin Luger (Alliance) but that run, as well as 18 turnovers, proved to beat the difference.

"They are a talented team that was knocking down shots and playing together tonight. We try and keep our turnovers to 10 or less … it's going to be hard to beat anybody when you have 18," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Every single time we got close they had a response and it was usually number three or number ten."

A three from freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney H.S.) made it 59-58 with 10:28 to play. Golden missed a jumper soon after but then Koster was called for a charge, his fourth foul of the night. With Koster on the bench the 'Chos scored the next nine points getting a three from reserve Jaylan Williams and turning three Loper turnovers in to seven points.

"Kanon getting into foul trouble and AJ (Jackson) getting injured really hurt us. Kanon on offense and AJ at the defensive end," said Lofton. "Kanon had a pretty good first half but couldn't really get into a rhythm in the second half. He made plays when he could but it's a learning experience. You have to defend without fouling.”

The Lopers had one more run in them, getting a triple from junior forward Kyle Juhl (Harlan, Ia.) to make it 74-70 at the 3:18 mark. Junior Morgan Soucie (Oswatomie, Kan.) followed with a block but Luger and freshman Parker Badding (Carroll, Ia.) saw shots rim out on UNK's next two possessions. UCO closed things out with a bucket by Avery and a free throw.

A member of Loyola's 2018 Final Four team, Avery was 7 of 11 from the field with all nine of his boards coming at the defensive end. Golden made 8 of 15 shots (3 of 5 threes) and grabbed seven defensive caroms with fellow starter Marquis Johnson at 12 points and two assists.

Luger tied his career-high of 14 points by making 6 of 14 shots. In 28 minutes off the bench he also had seven rebounds, one assist and a steal. Next, Koster had team-highs in points (19) and dimes (seven) as well as seven boards with Juhl reaching double digits for a fourth straight game. He hit four threes, as did Koster, to score 18. Finally, Jackson (Bellevue West) did return after taking a hard foul trying to defend a Broncho charging baseline. He managed nine points, seven rebounds and four steals in 19 minutes.

UNK hosts the Northeastern State RiverHawks (6-8, 0-5) Saturday at four. NSU lost tonight at Fort Hays State, 69-65.
  




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Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures and Nebraska-Kearney started the second half on an 8-0 run to roll past Central Oklahoma, 74-58, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (9-5, 2-3) improves to 8-1 at home while the sliding Bronchos fall to 11-4 (2-3). Less than a month ago UCO was ranked 22nd in the WBCA Division II Top 25 poll but has now dropped three of four.

The Lopers overcame the loss of leading scorer Kelsey Sanger (Crofton), who was called for two fouls in the first six minutes, to lead 35-29 at the break. Sanger sat out the last 14 minutes of the half but her teammates closed the second quarter on a 7-1 run to grab the lead for good.

Sanger made up for lost time by knocking down a corner three to start the second half. Freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) followed with another triple and then stole the ball which led to a Sanger layup and a 43-29 lead. UCO called timeout but never got closer than 12 points the rest of the night.

"Our end of the first half was really good and then we came out to start the second half and a couple of shots went down. We also strung together three or four defensive stops and that's deflating for the other team," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey. 

Hitting four of its five threes in the third quarter, UNK made 48% (28 of 59) of its shots, was plus eight on the glass and had a 46-28 advantage in points in the paint. Finally, 13 offensive caroms led to 14 second chance points.

"We played great team defense. Our team did a great job of executing the game plan and defended without fouling," said Eighmey. "Each week we get better and better at team defense. We're beginning to understand you guard the ball and not just one player."

A balanced attack was led by freshman post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn H.S.) who had a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds. She was 7 of 14 from the field with five of her boards coming at the offensive end. Next, Sanger had 13 of her 15 points after the break with sophomore guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) supplying 10 points, five boards and for dimes.

Off the bench, freshman guard Aspen Jansa (Wahoo) knocked two threes to tally 12 with freshman forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) getting close to her third double double of the year (10 rebounds and eight points).  

"Early in the game they were trying to pressure us in the full court to disrupt our offense. They are really good in transition and they were trying to create opportunities," said Eighmey. "Once we settled in and grasped what they were trying to do to us I thought our team got more comfortable. We were able to go down and execute and then we were able to get several stops in a row at the defensive end."

UCO was led by junior post Ireon Smith (14 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals). UCO shot just 36% (22 of 62) from the field, including a 4 of 21 effort from behind the arc.

UNK hosts the Northeastern State RiverHawks Saturday afternoon at two. NSU (3-11, 0-5) fell at No. 4 Fort Hays State tonight, 88-50.




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Lincoln – Behind a career-high 22 points from Isaiah Roby, Nebraska snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-64 win over Penn State Thursday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Roby had 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added season bests in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (four) to propel the Huskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) to its 20th straight home win dating back to last season.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and three assists, while James Palmer Jr. added 11 as the Huskers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, but could not subdue the Nittany Lions until the end.

Clinging to a 58-57 lead, Watson scored eight straight points for the Huskers, the last being a 3-pointer with 2:15 left that staked the hosts a 65-61 lead. Penn State got to within 66-62 after a Mike Watkins free throw just under 20 seconds remaining, but Roby salted the game away hitting four straight free throws in the final 17.2 seconds.

Nebraska’s defense held Penn State to just one field goal in the final 2:51, as the Nittany Lions shot just 36 percent, but used a 46-32 advantage on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points to stay in the contest.

Josh Reaves led four Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) in double figures with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread added 13 apiece.

The first 20 minutes was closely contested, as neither team led by more than five points and NU took a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 48 percent from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, but Penn State hung around by outscoring the Huskers, 5-0, on second-chance points and going 4-of-7 from the line, while NU got to the line just twice in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska trailed 19-14 with 9:14 left in the half before the Huskers rallied. Roby had five of his 10 first-half points in the surge, tying the game at 21.

PSU would eventually push the margin to 26-23 before Thomas Allen single-handedly keyed a run with seven straight points, as NU pushed the margin to 30-26 after a steal and layup with 3:18 left in the half.

PSU would run off five straight points, taking a 31-30 lead on a Reaves 3-pointer, as he scored 11 first-half points. Nebraska would answer behind a banked-in 3-pointer from Watson to give the Huskers a two-point lead going into the locker room.

Nebraska stretched the two-point halftime lead to four after a Watson basket, but PSU went on an 8-1 run, as consecutive 3-pointers from Reaves gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead and forced a timeout with 17:06 left.

Nebraska then regained the lead with an 8-2 run of its own, as Watson’s 3-pointer gave the hosts a 44-41 lead with 14:35 left. From there, neither team could pull away, as their team led by more than five points until the final 15 seconds.

Nebraska returns to action on Monday, Jan. 14, as the Huskers travel to Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and on FS1.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

B Division=

Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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Scottsbluff, NE - Tuesday afternoon Activities Director Dave Hoxworth of Scottsbluff Public Schools informed the media that Bearcat football coach Joe Benson would be stepping down from his coaching position. Benson who helped guide the program in multiple coaching roles for 30 years was the sole head football coach for the last 12 seasons. This last season was the most successful for Benson, leading the Bearcats to the state championship game in Lincoln vs Omaha Skutt Catholic. Below is the release that Dave Hoxworth sent out to the media informing them of the Coach Benson decision. 

Good Afternoon,

The purpose of this email is to inform you that Coach Joe Benson has resigned his position as Head Football Coach at Scottsbluff High School.  

This position will be opened up immediately and remain open until filled. 

Coach Benson has agreed to help the team transition through the winter conditioning season, and our goal is to have a replacement for him as soon as possible.  

Through Coach Benson's 30 year career at Scottsbluff, Joe coached at the freshman level for 2 years and the last 28 years with the varsity program and the last 12 years as the head coach.  Coach Benson compiled an 85-39 record as the head coach of the Bearcats.  Prior to becoming the head coach,  Joe served as the defensive coordinator for several years.  

It is very difficult to lose a coach that has had such a positive impact on our football program for the last 30 years.  Joe has a tireless work ethic and is a coach that truly loves the game of football, but most importantly, Coach Benson loved building relationships with our student-athletes and treating kids with a tremendous amount of respect.  One of Joe's greatest qualities was to get the absolute best from every athlete that competed on our football team.  Coach Benson has a unique gift to place a player in positions on our football team that would directly impact the success of our team.   

We wish Coach Benson the best and thank him and his family very much for the long-lasting impact and the sacrifices they have made that comes with the responsibility of being a head football coach. 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

B Division=

Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.

The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.

The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.

On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.

Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.





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Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.

Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.

Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).

His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.

With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.

Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.





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Kearney. Neb. – The top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling finished in third place at the 2019 Division II National Duals Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
 
The two-day, double elimination tournament was part of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals.  
 
Seeded fourth in this tournament, UNK lost to top second-ranked and top-seeded St. Cloud State by a 22-15 score Saturday morning. The Huskies whipped Notre Dame (Ohio) College 35-6 in the finals to win this event for a third straight year and push its dual winning streak to 39 in a row.
 
In the afternoon, the Lopers bested fifth-ranked McKendree (IL), 23-17, to finish third for the second year in a row. 
 
SCSU, which has won three of the last four national titles, took three matches by a single point to stave off UNK’s upset bid. Top-ranked Brett Velasquez used riding time to nip second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.), 5-4, at 125 pounds with Garrett Aldrich having three takedowns and a reversal to get past fourth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln S.E.) 8-7 two classes higher. Finally, St. Cloud moved ahead 9-3 after third-ranked James Pleski took down senior Nick Babcock (Broomfield, Colo.) with two seconds left to win 3-2 at 149 pounds.
 
Top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) used an escape and penalty point to narrowly get past fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick, 2-1, at 165 pounds with top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) having an 11-3 major at 157 pounds. Finally, fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) had a fall early in the second period to close out the scoring which featured each team docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
UNK bounced back in the afternoon against McKendree by taking five of the first six matches. Babcock upset another ranked individual, this time No. 6 Isaiah Kemper, by having a takedown and two escapes to win 5-4.  Next, Malcom had two takedowns and riding time to best ninth-ranked Nate Smalling, 5-2, while Ochs had a fall in 3:00. Finally, Hinrichs had a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win 3-1 and close out the long weekend.
 
The Lopers head to Colorado School of Mines next Friday for a dual with the Orediggers.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Senior center Jakob Lowrance had a double double and graduate transfer Jafar Kinsey scored a game-high 21 points to help Central Missouri rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 62-58, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.

Finally getting healthy, the Mules (9-4, 2-2) have won five in a row and beat the Lopers (5-8, 0-4) in overtime for a second consecutive year. UNK's last five losses this year have come by a total of only 17 points. 

In a game where both teams shot under 37% from the field, UNK got down 12-5 six minutes in but hung around and trailed by just one at the break. A three from Iowa senior forward Kyle Juhl put the Lopers up 47-42 with 8:05 to play. However, UCM closed regulation on a 10-5 run to force another five minutes.

UNK never trailed in the final eight minutes of regulation with Aurora freshman Henry Penner grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled with 16 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to put Kearney up 52-50 but Kinsey converted a layup soon after. The shot actually never went through the hoop as the Lopers were called for goaltending. A long three attempt by Texas junior guard Chase Winchester didn't fall as time expired.

The Lopers finished the night 9 of 17 from the line with four of the misses coming in the final eight minutes of regulation. Two of the misses came on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. 

Lowrance (6-8, 255 lbs.) scored the first two buckets in overtime to put UCM ahead for good. A dunk from Minnesota sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath made the score 60-58 at the seven second mark but the Mules got the ball in and then converted both free throws. Overall they went 16 of 24 at the line. 

Kinsey (6-3, 200 lbs.), who previously was at Division I North Dakota, reached his point total by going 7 of 15 (3 of 7 threes) from the field and sinking four free throws. He also had seven rebounds and two assists while going all 40 minutes. Next, Lowrance had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his sixth appearance of the year.

Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had his fourth double double (16 points & 11 rebounds) of the year to lead the Lopers. He also had a game-high four blocks and logged 39 minutes. Finally, Juhl never came off the court and ended up with 11 points, nine rebounds, a block and three of UNK's five made triples.

UNK hosts Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State next weekend.




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