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Amherst 47, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39

Blue Hill 43, Lawrence-Nelson 30

Boyd County 57, Burke, S.D. 46

Bridgeport 74, Creek Valley 37

Central Valley 77, Heartland Lutheran 51

Centura 80, Fullerton 57

Clearwater/Orchard 55, Wausa 49

Crofton 61, Pierce 38

David City 60, Central City 47

Elkhorn Mount Michael 73, Boone Central/Newman Grove 65

Elm Creek 52, Pleasanton 47

Emerson-Hubbard 38, Allen 36

Eustis-Farnam 39, Elwood 38

Friend 66, Heartland 20

Garden County 77, South Platte 32

Hartington-Newcastle 80, Winside 16

Harvard 81, Elba 4

Hot Springs, S.D. 50, Crawford 18

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 72, Elgin Public/Pope John 29

Kenesaw 59, Deshler 52

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Howells/Dodge 45

Loomis 58, Axtell 47

Norfolk 62, Papillion-LaVista 53

North Bend Central 76, Wisner-Pilger 54

O'Neill 69, West Holt 54

Ord 57, Doniphan-Trumbull 52

Osmond 62, Ewing 18

Overton 69, Shelton 51

Palmer 44, Riverside 26

Perkins County 44, Sedgwick County, Colo. 39

Ponca 75, Wynot 49

Randolph 41, Plainview 32

Santee 54, Niobrara/Verdigre 51

Stuart 38, St. Mary's 35

Superior 56, Red Cloud 15

Sutton 66, Sandy Creek 39

Wakefield 55, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 53

West Point-Beemer 41, Wayne 39

Winnebago 62, Pender 61

Wood River 61, Nebraska Christian 50

Yutan 74, Weeping Water 39

Centennial Conference=


Hastings St. Cecilia 52, Archbishop Bergan 41

Lincoln Lutheran 47, Grand Island Central Catholic 46

Omaha Concordia 49, Columbus Scotus 42

Central Conference=


Omaha Concordia 49, Columbus Scotus 42

Cross Roads Conference=


Giltner 34, Exeter/Milligan 32

Shelby/Rising City 54, Cross County 37

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

First Round=

Omaha Nation 79, Takini, S.D. 44

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Bennington 64, Plattsmouth 38

Gretna 59, Nebraska City 43

Norris 50, Blair 47

Waverly 39, Elkhorn 34

Mid Nebraska Conference Tournament=


Anselmo-Merna 64, Sandhills/Thedford 40

South Loup 45, Mullen 27

Nebraska Capitol Conference=

Consolation Semifinal=

Fort Calhoun 81, Raymond Central 61


Ashland-Greenwood 61, Douglas County West 40

Wahoo 62, Platteview 50

Nebraska Frontier Conference Tournament=


Cornerstone Christian 45, Whiting, Iowa 38


College View Academy 50, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 31

Omaha Christian Academy 63, Parkview Christian 57

Southwest Conference Tournament=

Fifth Place=

McCook 46, Minden 36

Seventh Place=

Valentine 58, Gothenburg 47


Centennial vs. Fillmore Central, ppd. to Jan 24th.

Johnson-Brock vs. Falls City Sacred Heart, ppd.

Sidney, Iowa vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ccd.

Southern vs. Auburn, ccd.


Amherst 37, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 31

Blue Hill 46, Lawrence-Nelson 23

Boyd County 41, Burke, S.D. 36

Bridgeport 52, Creek Valley 8

Centennial 50, Fillmore Central 47

Central City 63, David City 44

Central Valley 54, Heartland Lutheran 26

Crofton 58, Pierce 46

Doniphan-Trumbull 30, Ord 26

Elkhorn Valley 55, St. Edward 22

Elwood 61, Eustis-Farnam 36

Ewing 45, Osmond 41

Fullerton 51, Centura 46

Garden County 52, South Platte 18

Guardian Angels 69, Spalding Academy 18

Hartington-Newcastle 46, Winside 8

Harvard 47, Elba 28

Heartland 50, Friend 25

Howells/Dodge 55, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 31

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 74, Elgin Public/Pope John 46

Kenesaw 54, Deshler 43

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 59, Wakefield-Allen 36

Lincoln Southwest 51, Omaha Westside 36

Loomis 42, Axtell 27

Nebraska Christian 43, Wood River 42

Norfolk Catholic 51, Boone Central/Newman Grove 28

North Bend Central 48, Wisner-Pilger 23

O'Neill 50, West Holt 37

Overton 54, Shelton 18

Palmer 44, Riverside 26

Papillion-LaVista 54, Norfolk 33

Pender 68, Winnebago 52

Perkins County 37, Sedgwick County, Colo. 23

Plainview 38, Randolph 36

Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 35

Ponca 50, Wynot 34

Ravenna 57, Arcadia-Loup City 56

Santee 68, Niobrara/Verdigre 61

South Sioux City 74, Sioux City, North, Iowa 19

Stuart 47, St. Mary's 21

Superior 63, Red Cloud 31

Sutton 53, Sandy Creek 22

Wausa 31, Clearwater/Orchard 26

West Point-Beemer 58, Wayne 30

Yutan 50, Weeping Water 40

Centennial Conference=


Aquinas 58, Archbishop Bergan 41

Lincoln Lutheran 49, Omaha Concordia 46, OT


Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Lincoln Christian 41, Bishop Neumann 37

Central Conference=


Crete 53, Lexington 26

Seward 57, Adams Central 51

Cross Roads Conference=


Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 61, East Butler 52

McCool Junction 47, Cross County 33

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

First Round=

Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 58, Omaha Nation 50

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Bennington 62, Blair 35

Elkhorn 43, Gretna 30

Norris 46, Nebraska City 43

Waverly 72, Plattsmouth 34

Mid Nebraska Conference Tournament=


Mullen 50, Anselmo-Merna 19

South Loup 48, Cody-Kilgore 33

RPAC Tournament=

East Division=


Arapahoe 40, Medicine Valley 29

Bertrand 45, Southern Valley 40


Cambridge 56, Alma 27

West Division=


Hitchcock County 72, Maxwell 69

Wallace 45, Paxton 35


Dundy County-Stratton 52, Maywood-Hayes Center 33

Southwest Conference=

Fifth Place=

Gothenburg 44, Valentine 43

Seventh Place=

Ainsworth 50, Cozad 43


Johnson-Brock vs. Falls City Sacred Heart, ppd.

Southern vs. Auburn, ccd.

Kearney, Neb. – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats sunk 12 three pointers and shot 95 percent at the line to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 74-62, Thursday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

Northwest improves to 7-10 (3-5) and evens its road record at 3-3. The 'Cats also beat the Lopers (11-7, 4-5) for a second time in three years; last winter UNK needed a furious rally to win the lone matchup between the two, 88-79 in overtime.

The MIAA leader in free throw percentage at 80.2 percent, Northwest salted things away by making 20 of 21 freebies. Leading for almost the entire night, the 'Cats work at the line included a 15 of 16 effort in the fourth quarter.

Northwest came in averaging 59 points per game on seven made threes. Those numbers will rise as they made at least two treys in each quarter and finished 21 of 49 (43%) from the field to record its second highest point total of the season.

"They are good shooters and early on we gave them some open looks. They made those and from there they shot it with a lot of confidence," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey. "With a young team, sometimes your offense can dictate your defense. We struggled to finish some shots around the rim early and I thought made us a little bit hesitant."

UNK, shooting a respectable 42.6 percent (20 of 47) from the floor, led 2-0 but that was its only lead of the night. Down six at the half, the Lopers used a 7-0 run midway through the third quartered to tie things up at 41. The spurt was capped when Wahoo freshman guard Aspen Jansa turned a steal by Kansas freshman Elisa Backes into a three-point play.

However, Northwest closed the quarter on a 9-1 run that included two triples and three free throws by junior starter Kenedy Eaton. She was fouled right before the buzzer sounded.

"Defensively (Northwest) played with good effort and energy and were well prepared," said Eighmey. "I also thought we were stagnant on both ends of the floor and didn't play with a great deal of energy."

Led by Eaton (9 of 9), Northwest kept UNK at bay in the fourth with a series of made foul shots. The Lopers trimmed the deficit to six on two different occasions but that was as close as they would get.

Four starters and one reserve reached double figures for Northwest, led by sophomore guard Jaelyn Haggard (16) and Eaton (15). Haggard went 4 of 9 from down town with junior guard Erika Schlosser 4 of 8. She also had seven assists, two steals and finished with 13 points.

UNK used nine players and each scored but none had more than 10. Iowa freshman forward Maegan Holt made four free throws and hit two treys to score 10 with Missouri sophomore guard Adreon Bell hitting some tough shots in the lane to finish with nine points and three boards. Finally, Backes led the bench with eight points, three blocks, three boards and two steals.

The Missouri Western State Griffons (9-8, 4-4), who eliminated the Lopers from last year's MIAA Tournament, visit Saturday. They fell tonight at No. 8 Fort Hays State, 67-50.

Kearney, Neb. – Second-ranked Northwest Missouri State shot 57 percent from the field and had three score in double figures to get past Nebraska-Kearney, 85-57, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The Bearcats improve to 18-0 (8-0) and to 8-1 all-time vs. the Lopers (6-12, 1-8). UNK handed Northwest a 66-59 loss last January at Buckle Court. 

Now 80-5 since the start of the 2016-17 season, Northwest came in ranked third in Division II in field goal percentage (53.1) and quickly showed why. The 'Cats went 19 of 30 (63.3 pct.) from the field in the first half including a 5 of 13 effort from behind the arc. They then made 7 of its first 10 shots to start the second half.

"When Justin Pitts (2017 D2 National Player of the Year) graduated last year everyone thought they may take a step back and become beatable. I like their team this year better than I did last year," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "They got shooters with size on the perimeter and you just can't leave them. We tried to limit the threes because they average 12 per game. But that opened up driving lanes and they took advantage."

A balanced attack included a game-high 23 points and five rebounds from senior wing Joey Witthus and 21 points and eight boards from freshman guard Diego Bernard. Another starter, sophomore forward Ryan Hawkins, went for 13 points and eight boards. 

"They're just a really good team. I don't think our kids played horrible but they made it seem that way because they are so good. Defensively nothing really worked. On penetration they would bring a guy in from the weak side and that's where Bernard got a lot of his baskets."

UNK made 46% (13 of 28) of its first half shots but went 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Getting out rebounded by a 37-20 margin, the Lopers did go 8 of 12 at the line and committed just 10 turnovers.

"We tried to establish ourselves inside early. We missed some opportunities around the basket and that takes the steam out of you," said Lofton.

Ten different Lopers scored with Kearney freshman Kanon Koster (14) and Aurora freshman Henry Penner (11) reaching double figures. Koster went 5 of 9 from the field with Penner having three of UNK's five triples. Finally, Alliance sophomore Austin Luger had seven points as the Loper bench outscored the Northwest reserves by a 37-17 margin.

UNK hosts Missouri Western State on Saturday afternoon. The Griffons (8-11, 2-6) lost its fourth straight game tonight at Fort Hays State, 84-74.

Conference basketball tournaments will continue into the weekend around the state of Nebraska including the Central, Centennial, and Southwest. View all the bracketsHERE


Centennial Conference Tournament=
Bishop Neumann 51, Archbishop Bergan 46
Boys Town 55, Lincoln Lutheran 53
Kearney Catholic 68, Aquinas 57
Lincoln Christian 76, Grand Island Central Catholic 65

Central Conference Tournament=
Adams Central 54, Grand Island Northwest 41
Aurora 69, Holdrege 34
Seward 48, Lexington 46
York 57, Crete 31

Cross Roads Conference Tournament=
Cross County 36, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 21
Giltner 44, McCool Junction 22

RPAC Tournament=
East Division=
Bertrand 65, Medicine Valley 31
Cambridge 63, Southwest 43
Southern Valley 51, Arapahoe 37

West Division=
Hitchcock County 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 37
Paxton 54, Wallace 28
Wauneta-Palisade 60, Dundy County-Stratton 56, OT


Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer vs. Conestoga, ppd.


Omaha Roncalli 62, Omaha Duchesne Academy 44

Centennial Conference=
Bishop Neumann 60, Columbus Scotus 29
Grand Island Central Catholic 49, Aquinas 44
Hastings St. Cecilia 59, Kearney Catholic 44
Lincoln Christian 54, Archbishop Bergan 48

Central Conference Tournament=
Adams Central 53, York 52
Crete 40, Grand Island Northwest 34
Lexington 60, Columbus Lakeview 56
Seward 68, Aurora 38

Cross Roads Conference=
East Butler 52, Meridian 43
McCool Junction 37, Shelby/Rising City 15

Nebraska Capitol Conference=
Arlington 72, Ashland-Greenwood 35
Douglas County West 67, Wahoo 13
Platteview 62, Raymond Central 43
Syracuse 66, Fort Calhoun 28

Nebraska Frontier Conference=
Fifth Place=
Parkview Christian 33, Boys Town 21
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 61, Cedar Bluffs 52
Omaha Christian Academy 42, College View Academy 30


Nebraska fans can secure their tickets for the Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank beginning in early February. The spring game will be played on Saturday, April 13 at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff time to be determined.


Tickets will be available to the general public on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Nebraska football season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.


A limit of 10 tickets per account will be in place for both season ticket holders and the public on-sale, an adjustment from last year’s maximum order of 20 tickets. While season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase, a minimum of 15,000 tickets will be available for the public sale on Feb. 6, an increase of 5,000 tickets from 2018.


The first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets is one of the many benefits offered to season ticket holders. Nebraska fans may purchase tickets on-line at, by phone at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).


All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket. The majority of tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved. A limited number of $20 club seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Youth eighth grade or younger will be admitted for free, but must secure a complimentary ticket. UNL students will be admitted for free, but must secure a ticket for admittance. UNL faculty and staff can purchase a reserved ticket for $5 with a staff ID.


Nebraska drew a record 86,818 fans for the 2018 spring game, the largest attendance for any FBS spring game last year.

2019 Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank Date: Saturday, April 13 Kickoff: TBA
Tickets on Sale: Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Football Season Ticket Holders; Feb. 6, 10 a.m., General PublicTicket Prices: $10 reserved tickets; $20 club seats (pending availability)
* UNL Faculty & Staff, $5 (Tickets should be purchased in person at Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office or over the phone to receive discount, must show staff ID at gate on game day);
* Current UNL Students, Free (must secure a ticket via beginning on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.)
* Youth 8th grade and younger, Free (must secure a ticket via, limit of two complimentary youth tickets for each regular ticket purchased.
Ticket Limit: Maximum of 10 tickets per account
Radio/Internet: Husker Sports Network/
Television: TBD


A series of runs cost the Nebraska men’s basketball team Monday night in a 76-69 road loss at Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights strung together four runs of 8-0 or greater, including scoring eight straight points after Nebraska had tied the game at 67 with 2:02 to play. Nebraska (13-6 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 in the first half and eight in the second half, but every time the Huskers tried to pull away, Rutgers (9-9, 2-6) responded.

In the first half, the Scarlet Knights had an 8-0 run to erase a six-point deficit and a 15-0 run to erase a 13-point Husker lead. During those two runs, Rutgers outscored Nebraska 23-0 in a span of just 3:45. Then in the second half, an 8-0 Rutgers run wiped out an eight-point Nebraska lead, and the Scarlet Knights used a 7-0 run to erase a one-point deficit and take the lead for good with less than 10 minutes to play.

James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with 22 points before fouling out. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 16 points and eight rebounds, but he was held to just two points in the second half. Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 14 points for a Nebraska team that shot just 41.7 percent from the field, including hitting only 10-of-28 shots in the second half. The Huskers were also just 10-of-18 from the free-throw line on the game. .

The first half featured big runs for both teams. The Huskers used 9-0 and 13-2 runs to lead by as many as 13. Rutgers responded with a 15-0 run to take a late lead before Nebraska scored the final seven points of the half to head to the locker room with a 38-33 advantage. Copeland had 14 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Palmer added 10 points.

Nebraska missed its first five shots of the game and took more than three minutes to make its first field goal. But the Huskers then hit four of their next five shots to spark a 9-0 run. Isaiah Roby scored the first four points of the run and Palmer the final five, as Palmer’s 3-pointer gave Nebraska a 10-4 lead. Following a Rutgers timeout, the Scarlet Knights scored eight straight points to take a 12-10 advantage.

After briefly falling behind, Nebraska used a 13-2 run to build a 25-16 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Copeland scored seven points during the run, and the Husker defense limited Rutgers to just two fields during the nearly eight-minute run, while forcing seven turnovers. Nebraska stretched the lead to 13 with less than five minutes remaining in the half but just when it looked like the Huskers might be pulling away, Rutgers exploded for a 15-0 run in less than three minutes to regain the lead at 33-31. Nebraska answered right back with a 7-0 run over the final 1:02, with Palmer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer giving the Huskers a five-point halftime lead.

Rutgers opened the second half with a quick basket before Nebraska scored the next five points, including a four-point play from Watson. Trailing by eight, the Scarlet Knights responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 43 less than four minutes into the period. The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes before Rutgers hit a 3-pointer to take its first lead of the second half at 50-47 with 11:46 to play.

Nebraska regained a one-point advantage on a Thomas Allen 3-pointer only to see Rutgers score the next seven points and take a 59-53 with 7:13 remaining. The Scarlet Knights stretched the lead to seven with five minutes to play and continued to lead by at least three until Nebraska used an 8-1 run tied the game at 67. But Rutgers again answered as it had all night, scoring eight straight points and 10 of the game’s final 12 points to secure the win.

Montez Mathis led Rutgers with 20 points, while Geo Baker scored 16 points and Myles Johnson added 13. That trio combined for 33 second-half points, as Rutgers outscored Nebraska 43-31 over the final 20 minutes.

Nebraska is back in action on Saturday when the Huskers host the Ohio State Buckeyes at 11 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game will be televised nationally on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.

Postgame Notes*-James Palmer Jr. finished with 22 points, his 10th 20-point effort of the season and 18th of his career.
*-Palmer finished in double figures for the 18th time in 19 games this season finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. *-Nebraska reached double figures in steals for the fifth time this year and finished with 11 steals. The Huskers came into the game leading the Big Ten with 8.3 steals per game.
*-Nebraska went 10-of-18 from the foul line, its lowest performance from the foul line this year. NU entered the game shooting 73 percent from the line overall and 75 percent in Big Ten play.
*-Rutgers’ 15-0 run in the first half run marked only the third double-figure run against Nebraska this season.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Ty-Shon Alexander hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, Mitch Ballock made four free throws in the last 30 seconds and Creighton ended a four-game losing streak with a 91-87 win over Georgetown on Monday night.
The Bluejays (11-8, 2-4 Big East Conference) outscored the Hoyas (12-7, 2-4) 8-2 after James Akinjo 3's gave Georgetown an 85-83 lead with 2:09 to play.
Creighton got a free throw from Davion Mintz at 1:41, and after a Hoya miss, Alexander hit a go-ahead 3-pointer following a Ballock offensive rebound. Ballock grabbed a defensive board and was fouled, making two free throws with 27.1 seconds to play to make it 89-85. Greg Malinowski made a layup for Georgetown but Ballock's two free throws at 15.2 kept the pressure on.
Mintz had 17 points for Creighton.
Jessie Govan had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown and Akinjo a career-high 11 assists. Georgetown's six conference games have all been decided by six points or less, two in overtime.
The teams combined to go 25 of 56 from 3-point range with a total of 16 turnovers. The big lead for both teams was eight points.



Lutheran High Northeast 70, Clarkson/Leigh 29

Neligh-Oakdale 47, Randolph 44

Omaha Creighton Prep 47, Millard North 45

Omaha Roncalli 77, Glenwood, Iowa 50

Pender 73, Madison 58

Walthill 59, Allen 53

Yutan 75, Palmyra 35

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Aquinas 43, Hastings St. Cecilia 39, OT

Boys Town 69, Omaha Concordia 51

Lincoln Christian 62, Columbus Scotus 39

Central Conference Tournament=

Crete 32, Columbus Lakeview 28

Holdrege 52, Schuyler 41

Cross Roads Conference Tournament=


Exeter/Milligan 64, East Butler 35

Shelby/Rising City 53, Nebraska Lutheran 33

Mid Nebraska Conference Tournament=

Ansley-Litchfield 59, Stapleton 21

Brady 75, Twin Loup 50

Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament=

Ashland-Greenwood 68, Arlington 44

Douglas County West 61, Syracuse 59

Platteview 69, Fort Calhoun 31

Wahoo 88, Raymond Central 27

Nebraska Frontier Conference Basketball Tournament=

College View Academy 55, Cedar Bluffs 40

Omaha Christian Academy 56, Cornerstone Christian 18

Parkview Christian 80, Whiting, Iowa 23

Southwest Conference Tournament=

Ainsworth 78, Gothenburg 56

Broken Bow 64, Minden 43

Ogallala 57, Valentine 43


Eustis-Farnam vs. Overton, ppd. to Feb 4th.


Clarkson/Leigh 61, Lutheran High Northeast 47

Homer 62, Wakefield-Allen 59

Howells/Dodge 48, Tekamah-Herman 27

Omaha Mercy 53, Ralston 48

Pender 52, Madison 34

Randolph 38, Neligh-Oakdale 27

Yutan 67, Palmyra 25

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Columbus Scotus 49, Omaha Concordia 26

Kearney Catholic 63, Lincoln Lutheran 58

Central Conference Tournament=

Aurora 39, Schuyler 29

Cross Roads Conference=


Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 37, Giltner 30

Cross County 35, Exeter/Milligan 20

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=


Humphrey St. Francis 61, Central Valley 47

Third Place=

Burwell 40, Fullerton 24

Mid Nebraska Conference Tournament=

Hyannis 38, McPherson County 28

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Consolation Semifinal=

Boys Town 52, Whiting, Iowa 43

Parkview Christian 46, Cornerstone Christian 26

RPAC Tournament=

East Division=

Cambridge 60, Southern Valley 34

Medicine Valley 29, Southwest 18

West Division=

Dundy County-Stratton 72, Maxwell 34

Maywood-Hayes Center 64, Hitchcock County 56

Wallace 53, Wauneta-Palisade 46

Southwest Conference Tournament=

Broken Bow 57, Cozad 25

McCook 51, Gothenburg 45

Minden 52, Valentine 36

Ogallala 69, Ainsworth 22


Eustis-Farnam vs. Overton, ppd. to Feb 4th.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward Kyle Juhl scored a career-high 23 points and Nebraska-Kearney closed on a 24-7 run to edge Emporia State, 59-53, Sunday evening in Kansas.

The Lopers (6-11, 1-7) win its first MIAA game and first road contest of the 2018-19 season. This also marks UNK's first win at White Auditorium since the 1986-87 campaign (32 years). Back then the Lopers and Hornets (7-9, 2-6) were Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC) and NAIA members.

It was a slow and defensive struggle throughout with the teams combining for just 40 first half points. Both teams shot less than 28% in the opening half with E-State up 23-17.

Emporia held the lead for 32 minutes and was up 30-19, 44-33 and 46-35 in the second half. Down 11 with 7:11 left, UNK's big run started with a bucket by senior forward Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) and then Juhl (Harlan, Ia.) took over. He hit three of his five made threes in a three-minute span to turn a seven-point deficit into a 48-46 lead with 2:16 left.

UNK wouldn't trial again as they went 10 of 12 at the line to keep the Hornets at bay. The Lopers finished 14 of 16 at the charity stripe, one of its best efforts of the year.

"I'm proud and happy for our guys. They've been pretty resilient all year but we weren't happy with the effort at Washburn (Wednesday) night and the film showed it. The kids stepped up and owned it," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "This was far from pretty, kind of like the first time we played them."

Juhl had 21 of UNK's 42 second half points as he finished 7 of 15 (5 of 12 threes) from the field and 4 of 4 at the line. He also had six defensive rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

"Kyle stepped up at the right time and got hot at the right time," said Lofton. "The funny thing is I had to beg him to start shooting. He had hit a couple in the first half and then he went cold. At a certain point in the second half he caught the ball and was open in front of our bench and I said 'shoot the ball.'  Luckily it went in and from then on he was pretty engaged."

Coming off the bench for the first time this winter, Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Working around foul trouble he made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Next, Bellevue junior forward AJ Jackson had six points and a career-best 13 rebounds (four offensive) with Burns providing six more caroms, four points, two assists and two blocks in just 15 minutes.

Both squads shot 33% from the field with UNK having a huge 47-28 advantage on the glass. That led to 15 second chance points wile E-State managed 16 points off of 17 Kearney turnovers.

"Kanon came in and got some big rebounds and was good at the line late, AJ was active and got his hands one some balls and Carter gave us some solid minutes. He communicates well on both ends of the court and that helps our guys out,” said Lofton.

The Hornets were led by Bellevue West graduate and Bowling Green State transfer Malik Hluchoweckyj. One of two ESU players in double digits, he had 16 points and four rebounds.

UNK hosts No. 2 Northwest Missouri State (17-0, 7-0) Thursday night. The Lopers stunned the Bearcats, 66-59, last January at the Health & Sports Center.

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