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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman Maegan Holt and Klaire Kirsch both had season-high point totals to help Nebraska-Kearney stave off Northeastern State, 80-72, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.


UNK (10-5, 3-3) is now 9-1 at home and tied for fifth place in the MIAA. Meanwhile, NSU drops to 3-12 (0-6) and to 2-10 all-time vs. the Lopers.

Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) went for a team-high 20 with Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) making half of UNK's 10 threes to tally 17. The duo also combined for 12 rebounds as UNK dominated the first 23 minutes, opening up a 57-28 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. However, the 'Hawks got off the deck and went on a 23-3 run over the next nine minutes to quickly get the deficit into single digits. This stretch featured four made triples; NSU was 1 of 11 from behind the arc in the first half but 6 of 11 in the second.

Kirsch and Holt seemingly stopped the 'Hawk comeback as each buried threes to make it 66-51 with 7:42 remaining. However, a 15-2 NSU run followed capped by a three from sophomore guard Cenia Hayes. She had one of the top nights – 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and two blocks – in H & S Center history.

The three from Hayes made it 68-66 with Kirsch hitting her final trey of the night soon after to give UNK some breathing room. A key bucket by senior post Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.) made the score 73-68 with just over two minutes remaining and NSU didn't get any closer.

"It was a tale of two halves. In the first I thought we executed our offense and defensively we were prepared. Our girls took a lot of things away from them that they do well," said UNK head coachCarrie Eighmey. "In the second half we had some defensive breakdowns and gave up some open looks to 14 (Haynes) and 20 (Cailyn Long) who got hot. Both are good shooters who are capable of great days if you let them. Offensively in third quarter we missed five or six layups … when we're missing and they are hitting threes the score can change quickly."

UNK went 11 of 32 (34.3 pct.) from the field after the break while NSU made 18 of its 31 shots (58.1 pct.). Overall, the Lopers scored 15 points off of 11 offensive rebounds and made 20 of 26 free throws.

"(The comeback) wasn't for a lack of effort by our team. A series of events, when you string them together, shifts momentum. They made about every shot they took for a six or seven minute stretch and we didn't" said Eighmey. "It's definitely a learning experience and helps our team us understand how good every team in the MIAA is."

Besides Holt and Kirsch, sophomore point guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) had 11 points, four boards and two steals, freshman postBrooke Carlson (Elkhorn) had 15 points, five rebounds and three dimes and freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) managed a team-best nine rebounds coming off the bench.

Hayes, her team's leading scorer in the year, started 1 of 10 from the field but made four threes in the second half, as well as 10 of 10 free throws, to reach her game-high point total. Fifteen of her rebounds came at the defensive end and she went all 40 minutes. Next, Long carried the 'Hawks in the first half and ended with 21 points while post Joi Bertrand supplied 16 points, four boards and three blocks.

UNK heads to Washburn (10-4, 5-0) Wednesday night.

 





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Kearney, Neb. – The Northeastern StateRiverHawks shot 54 percent from the field and sunk 11 three pointers to down Nebraska-Kearney, 70-61, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

NSU (7-8, 1-5) stops a nine-game losing streak to UNK (5-10, 0-6) who've now dropped six league games by a combined 29 points. The 'Hawks have suffered four MIAA losses by just 19 total points. 

Leading from start to finish, the 'Hawks got 23 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Tanner Mouse and an unlikely 17 points and three assists from junior guard Bradley George. He came in with six made threes and 75 points on the season. Both Mouse and George had 13 points in the first half with the duo combining to go 8 of 12 from behind the arc. As a team NSU drilled 11 of 20 (55.0 pct.) from down town.

"They didn't miss. On Thursday night they got Hays down three points with less than a minute to go so obviously they are a good team," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton"They came in playing like team that wanted to win a game on the road. We came out flat, for whatever reason, and really didn't play defense to the level we expect. That allowed them to get off to a great start."

Besides Mouse and George, junior guard Trent Cantrell had seven of his 12 points after the break with 6-10 junior post Aaron Givens supplying seven rebounds, four points and two blocks.

UNK outscored NSU 32-18 in the paint thanks to a career-high 18 points by sophomore forwardWeston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.). However, the Lopers were trading two pointers for three pointers all night long and never caught the 'Hawks. Kearney, going a super 14 of 15 at the line, made just 3 of 18 long range shots.

Cantrell sank a three as the first half buzzer to give his team a 41-29 lead. The cushion remained in double figures until a 10-3 Loper run made it 64-59 with 2:03 to play. UNK go two points closer a minute later but NSU got a layup from Bradley, his only bucket of the second half, with 39 seconds left to make it a two possession game. The Lopers missed a subsequent three and then Bradley made two freebies to put things on ice.

"We responded in the second half and cut it to three late to give ourselves a chance. But when you give another team that much of an advantage from the start it's kind of hard to make that up," said Lofton. "First half I didn't recognize our team. Second half that's the team that scrapped at Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, trying to find a way to get a win."

Baker Magrath went 8 of 12 from the field and 2 of 2 at the line to reach his point total. He also blocked three shots and had two steals in 28 minutes. Kearney freshman Kanon Koster (14) and Alliance sophomore Austin Luger (12) reached double figures as well with Luger grabbing a team-best seven rebounds. Finally, Lincoln sophomore Sam Morris came off the disabled list for the first time since mid-November and had three rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes

"We can't have a case of the 'poor me' (attitude) because things aren't going our way right now. We've had a lot of games come down to the wire that we haven't been able to pull out. Eventually that takes a toll but at the same time we have 13 games left. We have to get guys playing better moving forward and giving the max effort that we ask for each and every practice and game," saidLofton.

UNK heads to Washburn (11-3, 4-1) on Wednesday night.



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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Community College, the fifth-ranked woman’s team in NJCCA Division 2, rolled to a 98-72 win over McCook Saturday.

The Lady Indians stayed with the Blue Devils early on and trailed by a point after the first period 21-20, but the Kansas City defense clamped down during the second quarter, to fuel a 28-10 advantage on the way to a 49-30 halftime lead.

“They really guarded us very well today and because of that defense we were out of sorts,” McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We turned the ball over more than normal and it forced us into some tough plays.”

MCC turned the ball over 24 times.

The Lady Indians came back in the third period to compete on nearly-even terms, 27-26, but were not able to overcome the second-quarter defensive stand by the Blue Devils.

“They limited our threes and made us shoot tough twos,” Fernetti said.

The Lady Indians shot 43.1 percent from the field, but just four of 18 (22 percent) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the line on 28 free throws. MCC had 42 rebounds and 15 assists.

Kansas City CC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 25.7 percent on 35 3-pointers, and 59.1 percent from the line. The Blue Devils had 44 rebounds and 17 assists.

Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC in scoring with 15 points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had 12 points.

Freshmen Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) both scored 10 points. Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with seven rebounds to go along with seven points and four assists.

“This will be a good learning experience moving forward as we prepare for a tough Region IX schedule next week,” Fernetti said. “We just have to keep our heads held high and still believe in what we are doing.

The Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the season.

MCC closes out the “pre-conference” portion of the schedule at 11-5 with only Region IX or Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games remaining on the schedule.

Region IX South Division play begins Friday as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 51, Grand Island Northwest 42

Allen 67, Whiting, Iowa 26

Alliance 65, Chadron 31

Amherst 47, Pleasanton 39

Ansley-Litchfield 60, Stapleton 22

Arapahoe 54, Elwood 37

Arthur County 41, Maywood-Hayes Center 37

Ashland-Greenwood 69, Raymond Central 42

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Oakland-Craig 51

Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33

Bennington 64, Waverly 59

Bishop Neumann 72, Omaha Concordia 42

Blair 56, Plattsmouth 39

Bloomfield 61, Plainview 54

Blue Hill 54, Red Cloud 23

Boyd County 60, CWC 18

Bridgeport 45, Kimball 34

Centennial 69, Columbus Lakeview 38

Chase County 60, Gothenburg 49

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 71, Scottsbluff 60

Cross County 43, David City 29

Deshler 54, McCool Junction 28

Doniphan-Trumbull 59, Gibbon 34

Dundy County-Stratton 73, Medicine Valley 40

Elkhorn South 53, Millard South 49

Elmwood-Murdock 55, Conestoga 31

Ewing 57, Elba 6

Gering 59, Gordon/Rushville 36

Giltner 49, Osceola 17

Grand Island Central Catholic 59, Aquinas 40

Gretna 71, Nebraska City 32

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Pierce 63, OT

Hartington-Newcastle 76, Homer 46

Harvard 49, Silver Lake 43

Hastings 47, McCook 39

Heartland 64, East Butler 54

Hemingford 66, Bayard 60

Hershey 53, Valentine 35

High Plains Community 65, Dorchester 24

Holdrege 45, Southern Valley 34

Howells/Dodge 55, Wisner-Pilger 46

Humphrey St. Francis 75, Clarkson/Leigh 43

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 75, Clearwater/Orchard 43

Kearney 60, Lincoln Northeast 48

Kenesaw 49, Lawrence-Nelson 37

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 87, Creighton 47

Lexington 52, Columbus 47

Leyton 58, Potter-Dix 15

Lincoln Christian 78, Columbus Scotus 32

Lincoln East 61, Lincoln Southeast 57

Lincoln Lutheran 59, Nebraska City Lourdes 36

Lincoln Pius X 79, Lincoln High 62

Lincoln Southwest 41, Fremont 37

Loomis 67, Wilcox-Hildreth 35

Madison 72, Tekamah-Herman 43

Niobrara/Verdigre 53, Elkhorn Valley 52

Norfolk 61, Lincoln North Star 56

Norris 57, Ralston 30

North Central 72, Twin Loup 30

Ogallala 62, Sidney 45

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 63, Omaha Christian Academy 52

Omaha Central 74, Omaha Northwest 52

Omaha Creighton Prep 68, Omaha South 62, 2OT

Omaha Nation 97, Marty Indian, S.D. 62

Omaha Roncalli 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 59

Omaha Skutt Catholic 65, Omaha Gross Catholic 39

Omaha Westside 63, Omaha Burke 58

Osmond 69, Emerson-Hubbard 46

Overton 62, North Platte St. Patrick's 49

Papillion-LaVista South 59, Papillion-LaVista 58

Paxton 52, Wallace 40

Ponca 63, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 40

Seward 53, Schuyler 12

Shelby/Rising City 66, Hampton 9

Southwest 64, Bertrand 57

St. Paul 41, Ord 34

Stanton 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62

Stuart 67, Elgin Public/Pope John 47

Sutherland 54, Cambridge 37

Sutton 74, Thayer Central 17

Wahoo 68, Platteview 49

Wauneta-Palisade 60, Perkins County 56

Wausa 52, Randolph 29

Wayne 57, Guardian Angels 53

York 30, Crete 29

Yutan 79, Malcolm 29

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Alma vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Jan 12th.

Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 53, Grand Island Northwest 50

Ansley-Litchfield 56, Stapleton 27

Ashland-Greenwood 42, Raymond Central 38

Bayard 45, Hemingford 30

Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33

Bertrand 54, Southwest 24

Bishop Neumann 65, Omaha Concordia 31

Blair 50, Plattsmouth 22

Bloomfield 45, Plainview 26

Blue Hill 55, Red Cloud 20

Boone Central/Newman Grove 42, Stanton 39

Bridgeport 55, Kimball 45

Broken Bow 37, Wood River 29

CWC 67, Boyd County 45

Cambridge 59, Sutherland 34

Chadron 32, Alliance 25

Chase County 62, Gothenburg 34

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 58

Clarkson/Leigh 53, Humphrey St. Francis 46

Cody-Kilgore 63, Hyannis 32

Columbus 47, Lexington 35

Columbus Lakeview 67, Centennial 58

Crete 51, York 37

Cross County 43, David City 29

Deshler 44, McCool Junction 36

Doniphan-Trumbull 64, Gibbon 24

Dundy County-Stratton 57, Medicine Valley 23

Elgin Public/Pope John 45, Stuart 36

Elkhorn Valley 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 33

Elmwood-Murdock 59, Conestoga 34

Elwood 59, Arapahoe 44

Emerson-Hubbard 56, Osmond 39

Ewing 58, Elba 20

Fairbury 47, Auburn 39, OT

Gering 57, Gordon/Rushville 49

Giltner 51, Osceola 23

Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Aquinas 53

Gretna 64, Nebraska City 20

Hartington Cedar Catholic 50, Pierce 39

Hartington-Newcastle 44, Homer 37

Harvard 48, Silver Lake 36

Hastings 47, McCook 39

Heartland 53, East Butler 37

Hershey 53, Valentine 43

High Plains Community 45, Dorchester 43

Howells/Dodge 50, Wisner-Pilger 35

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 50, Creighton 47

Lawrence-Nelson 59, Kenesaw 44

Leyton 59, Potter-Dix 16

Lincoln Christian 45, Columbus Scotus 32

Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southeast 34

Lincoln Northeast 54, Kearney 42

Lincoln Pius X 67, Lincoln High 12

Lincoln Southwest 62, Fremont 56

Loomis 52, Wilcox-Hildreth 25

Madison 61, Tekamah-Herman 59

Maywood-Hayes Center 60, Arthur County 19

Millard South 51, Elkhorn South 30

Minatare 37, Morrill 31

Mitchell 59, Crawford 24

Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Lincoln Lutheran 26

Norfolk 48, Lincoln North Star 40

Norfolk Catholic 35, Wayne 34

North Central 46, Twin Loup 15

North Platte St. Patrick's 68, Overton 27

Oakland-Craig 60, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 50

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37, Omaha Christian Academy 31

Omaha Gross Catholic 46, Omaha Duchesne Academy 39

Omaha Northwest 86, Omaha Central 48

Omaha Westside 56, Omaha Burke 43

Ord 48, St. Paul 45

Papillion-LaVista 68, Papillion-LaVista South 36

Pleasanton 47, Amherst 23

Ponca 43, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 37

Randolph 48, Wausa 25

Seward 44, Schuyler 24

Shelby/Rising City 38, Hampton 19

Sidney 35, Ogallala 22

South Loup 44, Maxwell 38

South Sioux City 77, Ralston 22

Thayer Central 53, Sutton 49

Wahoo 55, Platteview 36

Wallace 48, Paxton 43

Waverly 42, Bennington 36

Wynot 47, Winnebago 35

Yutan 57, Malcolm 28

MUDECAS=

A Division=

Championship=

Sterling 55, Exeter/Milligan 26

Consolation=

Johnson-Brock 32, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 27

Southern 37, Meridian 24

Third Place=

Falls City Sacred Heart 42, Freeman 40

B Division=

Championship=

Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 44

Consolation=

Johnson County Central 39, Lewiston 23

Pawnee City 42, Parkview Christian 20

Third Place=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50, Palmyra 34

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 57, O'Neill 52

Allen 70, Santee 46

Anselmo-Merna 53, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Battle Creek 56, Lutheran High Northeast 37

Bayard 72, Sioux County 36

Boys Town 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Centura 76, Shelton 50

Chase County 62, Perkins County 27

Cody-Kilgore 57, Hay Springs 45

College View Academy 71, Hampton 16

Cozad 65, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 49, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 35

East Butler 53, Dorchester 31

Elm Creek 67, Axtell 60

Fort Calhoun 64, Weeping Water 44

Heartland 73, Fillmore Central 38

Heartland Lutheran 62, St. Edward 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Neligh-Oakdale 37

Hyannis 87, Stapleton 63

Kearney Catholic 53, Broken Bow 49

Louisville 42, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37

Nebraska Christian 61, Spalding Academy 36

Nebraska Lutheran 57, High Plains Community 48

North Bend Central 58, Wayne 39

North Central 42, West Holt 40

Omaha Christian Academy 30, Cornerstone Christian 15

Omaha Nation 75, Pender 70

Omaha Skutt Catholic 62, Blair 53

Ord 50, Burwell 45

Osceola 40, Friend 35

Paxton 62, Creek Valley 43

Ravenna 67, Central City 40

Riverside 65, Arcadia-Loup City 44

St. Mary's 74, Ewing 34

Sutton 49, Wood River 34

Torrington, Wyo. 70, Mitchell 53

Twin River 62, Cross County 35

Wallace 54, South Platte 32

Walthill 90, Winside 29

West Point-Beemer 47, Schuyler 35

MUDECAS=

A Division=

Semifinal=

Falls City Sacred Heart 61, Johnson-Brock 43

Tri County 41, Freeman 39

B Division=

Semifinal=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 51, Diller-Odell 42

Southern 50, Palmyra 33

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alma 52, Eustis-Farnam 11

Ansley-Litchfield 58, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39

Arcadia-Loup City 68, Riverside 19

Battle Creek 57, Lutheran High Northeast 41

Bayard 49, Sioux County 39

Centura 58, Shelton 15

College View Academy 42, Hampton 36

Cozad 47, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 38, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 24

Creek Valley 38, Paxton 37

East Butler 69, Dorchester 50

Elm Creek 36, Axtell 34

Ewing 53, St. Mary's 19

Fillmore Central 58, Heartland 44

Friend 37, Osceola 31

Fullerton 50, Palmer 37

Heartland Lutheran 42, St. Edward 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 61, Neligh-Oakdale 25

Hyannis 60, Stapleton 23

Kearney Catholic 48, Broken Bow 45

Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 60, Wakefield-Allen 52

Louisville 50, Lincoln Christian 47

Mead 70, Boys Town 25

Mitchell 65, Torrington, Wyo. 32

Nebraska Christian 63, Spalding Academy 8

Nebraska Lutheran 40, High Plains Community 36

North Bend Central 50, Wayne 32

O'Neill 67, Ainsworth 35

Omaha Christian Academy 54, Cornerstone Christian 18

Omaha Gross Catholic 58, Omaha Mercy 37

Omaha Marian 66, Omaha South 15

Omaha Roncalli 58, Plattsmouth 35

Omaha Skutt Catholic 40, Blair 33

Ord 35, Burwell 34

Pender 74, Omaha Nation 34

Pierce 57, Humphrey St. Francis 39

Ravenna 63, Central City 57

Sandhills/Thedford 49, Anselmo-Merna 33

South Platte 47, Wallace 37

Twin River 36, Cross County 23

Walthill 65, Winside 22

Weeping Water 67, Fort Calhoun 38

West Central, S.D. 49, Crofton 40

West Holt 45, North Central 41

West Point-Beemer 61, Schuyler 11

Wood River 45, Sutton 39

2019 MUDECAS Tournament=

A Division=

Exeter/Milligan 39, Freeman 31

Sterling 25, Falls City Sacred Heart 23, OT

B Division=

Diller-Odell 57, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 47

Tri County 27, Palmyra 22




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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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SEWARD – The McCook Community College men had to stage a second-half comeback, but downed the Concordia JVs Thursday 96-94 in the first game of the calendar year to even the Indians season mark at 7-7.

 

Trailing 52-46 at intermission, the Indians picked up the shooting pace in the final 20 minutes (56.4 percent) to pick up the team’s second win on the road.

 

Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Indians and picked up seven rebounds to tie for team-high honors with sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.), who added 19 points.

 

Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) scored 18 points and freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) added 12 points.

 

Concordia came out making nine of 17 shots from 3-point range in the first half (52.9 percent) to pace an overall 58.6 percent shooting from the field. The Bulldogs made 13 of 29 long distance shots for the game (44.8 percent) while the Indians were three of 11 in the first half (27.3 percent); four of seven in the second half (57.1 percent) and seven of 18 for the game (38.9 percent.)

 

The Indians maintained a 40-29 rebounding edge including 16 on the offensive end and turned the ball over 10 times for the game.

 

After climbing back to the .500 mark with a 7-7 mark, the Indians return home Tuesday for one of only two games this month at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. Tuesday’s game with Air Force Prep is set for 5 p.m. This is a team that handed the Indians their first loss of the year 88-72 Nov. 6 at the Air Force Academy.

 

After Tuesday, the Indians begin Region IX South Division play with four straight road games starting Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at LaJunta, Colo. against Otero Junior College and Trinidad State; followed by road games Jan. 22 at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo. against Northeastern Junior College.

 

MCC's only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.

 

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

 

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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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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