Lincoln - Hannah Whitish and Taylor Kissinger combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Nicea Eliely sparked the Huskers with five steals in the final period, as Nebraska stormed back from a nine-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play for a 63-57 women's basketball win over No. 23 Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday evening.
Freshman Sam Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., capped Nebraska's 25-11 fourth-quarter outburst with the game's final four points in the last 20 seconds to seal the win over the Golden Gophers. Haiby matched Minnesota's first-team All-Big Ten senior point guard Kenisha Bell for game-high scoring honors with 16.
Nebraska improved to 4-3 in the Big Ten and 9-9 overall with its first win over a top-25 opponent this season, while Minnesota slipped to 2-5 in the conference and 13-5 overall.
Nebraska, which trailed 46-38 at the end of three quarters, got its first three-pointer of the game from Kissinger to open the fourth quarter. The Huskers, who averaged 7.5 threes per game coming into the contest, were 0-for-7 from long range against the Gophers in the first 30 minutes.
However, Minnesota answered with baskets from Jasmine Brunson and Kenisha Bell to take its biggest lead at 50-41 with 7:47 to play. Haiby finished a layup to cut the margin before Whitish trimmed the lead to 50-45 with 6:24 left and force a timeout by Minnesota.
The Gophers then got their second three-pointer of the game, a right wing triple from Destiny Pitts to regain a 53-45 margin with six minutes left. That was the last field goal of the game for Minnesota, as Nebraska's 1-3-1 defense shut down the Gophers from the field the rest of the way and shut out Minnesota entirely for the last four minutes.
In fact, in the final six minutes Minnesota only got a missed three-pointer from Brunson with 3:52 left to the rim, as the Huskers forced five Minnesota turnovers and blocked two shots down the stretch. Eliely got four of her career-high six steals during the final six minutes, while Kissinger and Ashtyn Veerbeek both recorded big blocked shots for the Big Red.
Meanwhile, the Huskers answered with a three-point play from Kissinger with 5:48 left, followed by two three-pointers from Whitish and another three-pointer from Kissinger to tie the game at 57 and force another timeout by Minnesota with 3:03 left.
In the final three minutes, Minnesota got no shots to the rim while Whitish and Haiby combined to go 4-for-4 at the line and Haiby all but clinched the Husker victory with a strong drive and finish with 19.5 seconds left. Nebraska outscored the Gophers 18-4 in the final six minutes and 25-11 in the fourth quarter, while closing the game on a 12-0 run.
It was Nebraska's second fourth-quarter comeback to victory in Big Ten play, joining a 30-13 fourth-quarter outburst after trailing Michigan in the conference opener.
"Our team keeps fighting and they have shown their commitment to stick with it even when things might not be going that well," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams. "We know we can play a lot better basketball than we played today, but it was exciting in the fourth quarter when we hit some shots and the crowd got going. It was like a wave of excitement that everybody got caught up in."
While Haiby finished with 16 points to lead the Huskers, Whitish scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth period and Kissinger got all nine of her points in the game in the final period. Nebraska's leading scorer coming into the game, freshman Leigha Brown, also produced nine points in the first three quarters to keep the Huskers within striking distance. Veerbeek pitched in six points, five rebounds and a career-high-matching three blocks.
Nebraska held Minnesota to just 37 percent (20-54) shooting, including just 2-for-9 (.222) from three-point range. The Gophers also hit just 65.2 percent (15-23) of their free throws while committing 17 turnovers in the game.
The Huskers finished at 44 percent (22-54), including 8-for-13 (.615) in the fourth quarter. The Huskers went just 4-for-16 (.250) from beyond the arc, but 4-for-9 in the final period, and knocked down 83.3 percent (15-18) of their free throws. Nebraska committed 13 turnovers in the game, but just two in the decisive fourth quarter.
Nebraska's fourth-quarter eruption allowed the Huskers to overcome a season-worst 43-24 (-19) rebound margin. It was NU's first negative double-digit rebound margin of the season.
After a tight game throughout the first half, Minnesota took a 27-26 lead to the locker room at the half thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Irene Garrido-Perez. It was the first three of the game by either team.
The first half featured six ties and 15 lead changes with Nebraska building a pair of five-point leads, while Minnesota never led by more than a single point.
The Huskers, who led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed by just one at the half despite being out-rebounded 24-15 in the half and going without a first-half three.
Haiby and Veerbeek led the Huskers with six points apiece in the half, while Brown pitched in four points. Whitish, Kate Cain, Eliely and Maddie Simon each scored two points for the Big Red in the low-scoring half.
As a team, Nebraska hit just 36 percent (9-25) of its shots but did convert 8-of-9 free throws.
The Golden Gophers were led by 10 points from Bell on 3-of-10 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws. Pitts, who finished with 10 points, added five first-half points, while Annalese Lamke, who also finished with 10 points, pitched in four in the opening 20 minutes.
Minnesota hit 33.3 percent (10-30) of its first-half shots, including 1-of-5 threes, while converting 6-of-10 free throws. Minnesota committed eight turnovers, while forcing seven by the Huskers.
Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, as the Huskers play host to Northwestern. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now on Huskers.com.
WNCC men top NJC 97-88
STERLING, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community Collegemen’s basketball team received 33 points from Dru Kuxhausen as the Cougars captured a 97-88 Region IX South Subregion win over Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colorado, Friday night.
The win was the Cougars 14th of the season and moves WNCC to 2-0 in the South subregion. WNCC will look to go 3-0 in the subregion when they travel to Lamar Community College on Saturday before hosting McCook Community College on Tuesday.
Friday’s contest was a tale of two halves. The first half was offensive-minded between the two teams, who combined for 118 points. WNCC opened the game hitting its first three 3-pointers and rolled to a 68-50 halftime lead.
The second half was just the opposite as both teams’ defensives took center stage. NJC outscored WNCC 38-29 in the second half.
WNCC shot 58 percent for the game and connected on 16 of 31 3-pointers. Kuxhausen buried six treys in the win, while Martin Roub had three, Marquis White finished with two, and Jervay Green one 3-pointer.
The Cougars had four players finish with double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 33 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Roub poured in 21 points with three 3-pointers, while Green tallied 19 points. White put in 12 points.
Roub led the Cougars on the boards with seven, while Bryce Sanchious had six.
WNCC 68 29 -- 97
NJC 50 38 -- 88
Dru Kuxhausen 33, Marquis White 12, Bryce Sanchious 2, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 21, LeBeck Warren 8, Henry Tanksley 2.
Nykolas Lange 17, Ryan Bagley 6, Mohamed Diallo 24, Terae Johnson 16, Ben Davis II 6, Xavier Johnson 12, Andrew Ferrin 2, Tre Lewis 5.
STERLING, Colo. - Merle Wiehl ignited for 27 points to help lead the Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team to a 72-59 Region IX South Sub-region road win over Northeastern Junior College on Friday night in Sterling, Colorado.
Wiehl shot 11 of 17 from the field overall in the game, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.
Tishara Morehouse came off the bench to join Wiehl in the double-figure scoring column with 12 points. She canned a pair of 3-pointers. Taylor Joplin followed with nine points for the Cougars and Allysah Boothe finished with eight.
Andrijana Reljic led WNCC on the glass with seven rebounds. Wiehl tracked down five boards.
Boothe finished with a team-high four assists. Reljic led the Cougars defensively with a pair of steals.
WNCC led 22-8 after the first quarter and outscored the Plainswomen 13-6 in the second quarter to grab a 35-14 halftime advantage. The strong first-half play was enough for the Cougars to hold on in the second half after NJC outscored WNCC 29-17 in the third period. WNCC outscored NJC 20-16 in the fourth.
Tashika Burrell led NJC offensively with 18 points.
The victory improved the Cougars to 15-3 on the season and 2-0 in the South sub-region. WNCC will play at Lamar Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning home to host McCook Community College on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
WNCC 22 13 17 20 -- 72
NJC 8 6 29 16 -- 59
Merle Wiehl 27, Allysah Boothe 8, Kolby Underwood 2, Taylor Joplin 9, Tishara Morehouse 12, Andrijana Reljic 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R'Manie Pulling 6, Yuliyana Valcheva 2.
Alyzae Davis 14, Tashika Burrell 18, Asia Turner 8, Taylor Knudson 7, Aleksandra Ratnikava 12.
Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball team fought hard Thursday night, but the Huskers could not overcome their worst shooting night of the season in a 70-64 loss to No. 6 Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Despite shooting just 32.8 percent from the field and hitting only 5-of-26 from the 3-point line, Nebraska was within striking distance in a game that featured 11 lead changes and six ties. The game was tied at 44 with 9:43 remaining, but Michigan State responded with a 7-0 run and never relinquished the lead.
The loss snapped Nebraska’s school-record-tying 20-game home winning streak, as the Huskers dropped to 13-5 on the season and 3-4 in Big Ten Conference play. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 24 points and eight rebounds, and the senior went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 13 points in his 100th career start, while Thomas Allen chipped in nine points and Glynn Watson Jr. had eight.
Cassius Winston led Michigan State with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Behind Winston, the Spartans (16-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) won their 11th straight game, set a school record with their 19th consecutive regular-season Big Ten Conference win and extended their school record with their 11th consecutive Big Ten road win.
Michigan State used the play of Winston and Nick Ward to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room, marking the first time the Huskers had trailed at halftime at home this season. Winston had 16 first-half points and three assists, while Ward added nine points and six rebounds. Copeland led NU with nine first-half points, but Nebraska shot just 28 percent from the field.
Nebraska trailed 15-11 before Watson keyed an 8-0 spurt with a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave the Huskers a 19-15 lead with 10:51 left in the first half. MSU responded with five straight points to regain the lead before Allen answered with a three to put NU on top 22-20. The Huskers stretched the lead to four on an Allen basket with 4:47 to play in the half, but that was the last field goal Nebraska would make in the half, as the Spartans closed the half on an 11-2 run, scoring the final seven points of the period to take a five-point lead at the half.
In the second half, Nebraska used a 6-0 run to grab a 36-35 lead five minutes into the period. Michigan State answered by scoring seven of the next nine points but the Huskers again fought back, tying the game at 44 on a pair of Palmer free throws with less than 10 minutes to play. But Michigan State put the game away with a 16-4 run over the next eight minutes, building a 60-48 advantage with 1:50 to play.
Nebraska did not give up, trimming the lead to as little as four at 68-64 with 14 second remaining, but Michigan State hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal their 11th consecutive win. In all, MSU went 16-of-18 from the foul line in the win.
The Huskers return to action on Monday night, as Nebraska travels to Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (central) and will be carried on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.
Champaign - Ashtyn Veerbeek erupted for a career-high 19 points to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska powered its way to a 77-67 Big Ten women's basketball road win at Illinois on Thursday night at the State Farm Center.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-3 in the Big Ten and 7-9 overall, while Illinois slipped to 1-5 in the conference and 9-8 overall.
Veerbeek, whose previous career high was 14 points, matched her career best through three quarters and pumped in five straight points including Nebraska's biggest shot of the night with a three-pointer with 1:39 left to push Nebraska's lead to 69-59. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, added eight rebounds and a block to propel the Huskers to their second Big Ten road win of the year.
Hannah Whitish, who finished with 12 points and seven assists without a turnover, helped the Huskers seal the win with four free throws in the final 1:30, while Leigha Jones and Taylor Kissinger each pitched in 10 points. Kate Cain added strong contributions with eight points and seven rebounds, while Sam Haiby added seven points, two assists and three steals off the bench.
Kayla Mershon, a freshman from Chanhassen, Minn., helped the Huskers get a win in her first career start by knocking down a first-half three and sealing the victory with Nebraska's final two points of the night at the line.
The Huskers, who led by as many as 14 points in both the first and fourth quarters, saw the Illini cut the margin to seven points with 2:35 left in the game, before Veerbeek buried a three to change the complexion of the game in the final two minutes.
It was Veerbeek's lone three of the contest and Nebraska's seventh of the game. The Huskers hit 31.8 percent of their threes (7-22), while Nebraska hit 47.2 percent (25-53) of its shots overall, while knocking down 20-of-28 (.714) of its free throws. NU forced 17 turnovers by Illinois and turned those into 15 points. Nebraska committed just 12 turnovers in the contest.
Illinois freshman Aerial Scott scored a career-high 23 points, including 4-of-9 threes, to keep the Illini within striking distance throughout the game after falling behind 19-5 midway through the first quarter. Alex Wittinger added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Cierra Rice pitched in 11 points off the bench.
For the game, Illinois hit 39.1 percent (25-64) of its shots, including 29.2 percent (7-24) from three-point range. The Illini knocked down just 10-of-17 free throws, but out-rebounded the Huskers 40-32 on the night. However, Illinois was only able to convert 15 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, while the Huskers got nine points of their five offensive boards on the night.
Nebraska jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and built its biggest lead at 19-5 after Whitish's second three-pointer with 3:25 left in the quarter. But the Illini heated up and cut the margin to 25-17 at the end of the quarter, despite six straight points from Brown to end the period for the Big Red.
The Huskers pushed the margin back to 12 points at 32-20 after a Mershon three with 5:57 left, but Illinois closed out the quarter strong to cut the deficit to 36-29 at the half.
Nebraska hit 48.3 percent (14-29) of its first-half shots, including 5-of-14 threes (.357), after shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) in the first quarter, including 66.7 percent (4-6) from long range. The Huskers committed just four turnovers in the half, while forcing five by the Illini that Nebraska turned into seven points. Brown and Veerbeek led the Big Red with eight first-half points apiece, while Kissinger added seven and Whitish six.
The Fighting Illini were held to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting, including 3-of-13 threes (.231). Illinois also went just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Scott led Illinois with 12 points off the bench in the half, including a pair of threes. The Illini did out-rebound Nebraska, 21-18, in the half.
Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Sunday to square off with No. 23 Minnesota. Tip-off between the Big Red and Golden Gophers is set for 5 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 66, CWC 23
Allen 55, Wynot 47
Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23
Amherst 44, Shelton 34
Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44
Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47
Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55
Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52
Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41
Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47
Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62
Crofton 57, Wayne 56
Cross County 64, Dorchester 18
David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59
Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49
Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48
Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43
Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42
Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33
Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT
Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44
Freeman 65, Malcolm 26
Giltner 54, East Butler 42
Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22
Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29
Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38
Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39
Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14
Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57
Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33
Loomis 68, Southwest 60
Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38
Madison 62, Stanton 44
Maxwell 66, Brady 42
McCook 41, Lexington 39
McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23
Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51
Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46
Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55
Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36
Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36
Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53
Norris 41, York 40
North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49
North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57
O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38
Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20
Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55
Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31
Overton 76, Elwood 42
Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT
Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40
Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48
Ponca 59, Winnebago 40
Randolph 58, Winside 17
Schuyler 38, Central City 36
Seward 70, Crete 29
Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28
South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52
Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37
St. Mary's 84, Santee 46
St. Paul 55, Minden 41
Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53
Sutton 91, Ravenna 44
Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44
Thayer Central 51, Friend 27
Tri County 80, College View Academy 25
Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36
Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38
West Holt 55, Plainview 43
Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40
2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=
Hershey 51, Sutherland 37
2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=
Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44
Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=
Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63
Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11
Leyton 45, South Platte 43
Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=
Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49
Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45
River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=
Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52
Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63
South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
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Amherst 61, Shelton 21
Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34
Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32
Aurora 40, Holdrege 30
Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49
Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26
Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35
Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32
CWC 68, Ainsworth 40
Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12
Central City 50, Schuyler 24
Crete 39, Seward 31
Crofton 60, Wayne 36
Cross County 35, Dorchester 23
David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27
Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37
Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14
Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39
Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37
Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37
Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29
Giltner 68, East Butler 26
Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40
Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66
Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37
Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42
Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38
Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT
Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20
Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32
Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38
Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25
Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25
Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40
Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43
Loomis 58, Southwest 15
Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51
Malcolm 32, Freeman 24
Maxwell 50, Brady 31
McCook 41, Lexington 39
Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14
Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20
Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59
Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9
Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36
Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26
Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43
Norris 41, York 40
North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24
North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59
O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48
Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48
Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49
Overton 48, Elwood 38
Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31
Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28
Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19
Ponca 59, Winnebago 42
Randolph 52, Winside 12
Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35
South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37
St. Mary's 66, Santee 52
St. Paul 46, Minden 40
Stanton 62, Madison 12
Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33
Sutton 43, Ravenna 37
Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34
Thayer Central 54, Friend 28
Tri County 62, College View Academy 9
Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29
Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36
Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34
West Holt 59, Plainview 24
Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30
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Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22
Chase County 49, Kimball 25
Hershey 48, Sutherland 20
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Central Valley 60, Riverside 23
Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19
Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25
The Nebraska basketball team started fast and finished strong Monday night, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.
The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. With the win, Nebraska improved to 13-4 on the season and the Huskers evened their Big Ten Conference record at 3-3. Indiana fell to 12-5 overall and dropped to 3-3 in league play.
Nebraska’s seniors shined in the upset win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points – one shy of his career high – and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds.
Defensively, the Huskers held Indiana to a season-low 51 points, 12 points fewer than the Hoosiers managed against No. 2 Michigan. Nebraska also limited Indiana to a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to a season-low two 3-pointers. Romeo Langord led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.
Nebraska started the game fast, hitting its first four shots to race out to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Huskers held Indiana scoreless for more than six minutes at one point during the run, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-0 in that stretch, with Copeland scoring six of those 11 points.
Following the 16-2 run, Nebraska went cold from the field, missing 12 straight shots. A nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal allowed Indiana to trim the lead to single digits. The Hoosiers used an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 26-20 with one minute left in the half. Copeland snapped the drought with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to nine, and after a pair of Indiana free throws, Palmer closed the half with a driving, one-handed dunk to send the Huskers into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.
Both teams struggled with their shot in the first half, with Nebraska shooting 39.4 percent from the field and Indiana hitting only 29.6 percent of its shots. The Huskers held the Hoosiers 22 points, their lowest point total in any half this season. Copeland led Nebraska with 10 first-half points, while Palmer had seven points, six rebounds and four assists in the period.
Nebraska stretched its lead back to double digits in the opening two minutes of the second half before Indiana scored seven straight points to pull within three at 35-32. But Watson responded by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that pushed the Husker lead back to 11 six minutes into the half.
The teams then went back and forth, with Nebraska hitting 6-of-7 shots at one point, culminating with a Thomas Allen three that gave Nebraska a 57-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Huskers maintained their 13-point advantage over the next four minutes, leading, when Nebraska was on top 62-49 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana never got closer than that, as Nebraska held the Hoosiers without a field goal over the final 5:39.
Nebraska returns to action on Thursday when the Huskers face their second straight ranked opponent in No. 6 Michigan State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the matchup will be televised on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.