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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 53
Archbishop Bergan 65, Columbus Scotus 47
Aurora 62, Seward 59
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 70, Stanton 33
Battle Creek 42, Pierce 33
Bellevue West 77, Omaha South 40
Bennington 71, Columbus 51
Boyd County 64, Elkhorn Valley 43
Centura 52, Gibbon 42
Chadron 49, Gordon/Rushville 36
Clearwater/Orchard 67, Osmond 55
Cozad 60, Holdrege 50
Elkhorn South 80, Omaha Northwest 70
Elm Creek 66, Franklin 29
Fremont 51, North Platte 49
Grand Island Northwest 43, Schuyler 18
Hartington Cedar Catholic 72, Guardian Angels 63
Harvard 46, Deshler 44
Hastings 80, Gothenburg 49
Howells/Dodge 79, Pender 70
Kearney 60, Lincoln Southwest 58
Kearney Catholic 61, Aquinas 51
Kenesaw 59, Pleasanton 45
Lincoln Christian 83, Fillmore Central 34
Lincoln East 81, Lincoln High 68
Lincoln Lutheran 45, Bishop Neumann 43
Lincoln Northeast 60, Lincoln Southeast 51
Lincoln Pius X 66, Norfolk 59
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 44, West Point-Beemer 33
Loomis 81, Elwood 33
Mead 40, Malcolm 34
Ogallala 90, Ainsworth 80
Omaha Benson 77, Papillion-LaVista South 62
Omaha Central 63, Omaha Creighton Prep 51
Omaha North 60, Papillion-LaVista 52
Ord 69, Arcadia-Loup City 63
Scottsbluff 73, Gering 49
Sidney 53, Yuma, Colo. 46
Silver Lake 53, Red Cloud 25
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 50, Eustis-Farnam 36
Sutton 66, Heartland 21
Tri County 100, Friend 24
Wahoo 81, Norfolk Catholic 32
Wood River 74, Central City 45
Crossroads Conference Tournament=
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, Hampton 4
Cross County 70, Dorchester 27
East Butler 46, High Plains Community 31
McCool Junction 45, Osceola 19
Nebraska Lutheran 43, Meridian 42
Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Championship=
Riverside 57, Fullerton 48
Third Place=
Humphrey St. Francis 61, Burwell 57
Minuteman Activities Conference=
Championship=
Garden County 47, Bayard 38
Third Place=
Creek Valley 59, Leyton 51
Nebraska Prep Classic=
Boys Town 62, Bellevue East 58
Elmwood-Murdock 46, Syracuse 20
Gretna 65, Treynor, Iowa 27
Omaha Bryan 68, Denver East, Colo. 60
Omaha Westside 68, Central Academy(Kansas City), Mo. 46
Winnebago 71, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 60
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Championship=
Hemingford 62, Morrill 55
Fifth Place=
Edgemont, S.D. 49, Crawford 39
Third Place=
Sioux County 69, Hay Springs 64
Republican Plains Activity Tournament=
East Division=
Arapahoe 77, Bertrand 59
Cambridge 79, Alma 49
Southern Valley 68, Medicine Valley 30
West Division=
Dundy County-Stratton 83, Maywood-Hayes Center 54
Wallace 81, Maxwell 63
Wauneta-Palisade 65, Hitchcock County 42
River Cities Conference=
Championship=
Omaha Roncalli 65, Elkhorn Mount Michael 54
Fifth Place=
Beatrice 82, Ralston 58
Third Place=
Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, South Sioux City 21
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Championship=
Bridgeport 58, Hershey 48
Fifth Place=
Perkins County 45, Sutherland 29
Third Place=
Chase County 69, North Platte St. Patrick's 48
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Centennial vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.
Falls City vs. Nemaha Central, Kan., ppd. to Jan 21st.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Amherst 41, Wilcox-Hildreth 21
Aquinas 52, Kearney Catholic 30
Archbishop Bergan 49, Columbus Scotus 33
Battle Creek 65, Pierce 62, OT
Bellevue West 78, Omaha South 40
Bennington 51, Columbus 47
Bishop Neumann 41, Lincoln Lutheran 29
Centura 51, Gibbon 24
Chadron 51, Gordon/Rushville 21
Clearwater/Orchard 38, Osmond 36
Elkhorn Valley 55, Boyd County 49
Elm Creek 64, Franklin 44
Fillmore Central 62, Lincoln Christian 58
Fremont 89, North Platte 38
Grand Island Central Catholic 45, Adams Central 26
Grand Island Northwest 66, Schuyler 24
Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, Guardian Angels 60
Harvard 48, Deshler 43
Hastings 49, Gothenburg 41
Holdrege 28, Cozad 26
Lincoln East 52, Lincoln High 37
Lincoln Northeast 59, Lincoln Southeast 35
Lincoln Pius X 57, Norfolk 35
Lincoln Southwest 62, Kearney 31
Loomis 64, Elwood 20
Malcolm 50, Mead 20
Nebraska City Lourdes 47, Weeping Water 37
Ogallala 64, Ainsworth 46
Omaha Northwest 67, Elkhorn South 64
Omaha Westside 55, Bellevue East 32
Ord 69, Arcadia-Loup City 63
Papillion-LaVista 68, Omaha North 42
Papillion-LaVista South 61, Omaha Benson 50
Pender 58, Howells/Dodge 41
Pleasanton 55, Kenesaw 52
Scottsbluff 60, Gering 51
Seward 58, Aurora 25
Sidney 30, Yuma, Colo. 27
Silver Lake 43, Red Cloud 37
Stanton 51, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 46
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 53, Eustis-Farnam 16
Sutton 52, Heartland 37
Tri County 45, Friend 15
Wahoo 61, Norfolk Catholic 42
Waverly 56, Elkhorn 45
West Point-Beemer 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 38
Wood River 64, Central City 54
Crossroads Conference Tournament=
Cross County 52, Lutheran High Northeast 22
Giltner 59, Hampton 32
Meridian 37, High Plains Community 27
Osceola 53, East Butler 32
Shelby/Rising City 34, Dorchester 21
Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Semifinal=
Central Valley 40, Burwell 38
Humphrey St. Francis 56, Fullerton 36
Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament=
Championship=
South Platte 54, Bayard 33
Third Place=
Leyton 56, Minatare 35
Nebraska Frontier Conference Tournament=
Cedar Bluffs 44, Parkview Christian 23
College View Academy 43, Whiting, Iowa 30
Cornerstone Christian 55, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 23
Omaha Christian Academy 53, Boys Town 35
Nebraska Prep Classic=
Oakland-Craig 71, Gretna 69
Syracuse 58, Elmwood-Murdock 27
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Hemingford 37, Hay Springs 18
Championship=
Morrill 32, Crawford 30
Republican Plains Activity Tournament=
East Division=
Alma 52, Medicine Valley 22
Bertrand 54, Southwest 12
Southern Valley 50, Arapahoe 37
West Division=
Hitchcock County 69, Wauneta-Palisade 30
Maxwell 50, Paxton 27
Maywood-Hayes Center 59, Wallace 19
River Cities Conference Tournament=
Seventh Place=
Omaha Mercy 53, Ralston 26
Third Place=
Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Omaha Roncalli 46
South Sioux City 69, Omaha Skutt Catholic 59
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Championship=
North Platte St. Patrick's 50, Hershey 39
Fifth Place=
Kimball 61, Perkins County 26
Third Place=
Chase County 50, Bridgeport 38
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Centennial vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.




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Kearney, Neb. – Junior heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs recorded a late technical fall to help second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney slip past sixth-ranked Lindenwood, 20-19, Saturday afternoon at Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

This was the Lopers (8-4, 1-0) only dual of the day; Truman State from Missouri couldn't make the trip due to weather. The Lions (10-3, 2-1) started Saturday with a 23-18 victory over No. 7 Colorado-State Pueblo and then whipped Colorado School of Mines, 32-6, in the last round.

In a back and forth dual that saw several matches come down to the wire, Lindenwood grabbed a 19-15 lead after ninth-ranked Colton Clingenpool had a 13-5 major at 184 pounds and junior Jared McKindley used a takedown midway through the first sudden victory period to edge Gretna senior Brady Radik, 4-2, at 197 pounds.

Needing a fall or tech fall at heavyweight in order to win and take a big step at the 2019 MIAA title, UNK saw Hinrichs (Geneva) jump out to period leads of 5-3 and 15-6 over No. 12 Courvosier Morrow. His day had started with a 7-3 upset of fourth-ranked Gavin Nye of CSU-Pueblo.

Hinrichs, now 24-6 on the year, continued to take down Morrow but a major decision wouldn't be enough as the Lions had the tiebreaker in case of a 19-all tie.  With around 17 seconds left, Hinrichs recorded his final two points and then fought off a shot by Morrow. Nearly three minutes of riding time was the deciding factor in a 23-8 pasting.

Another huge team point was tallied by top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) at 157 pounds. Now on a 10-match winning streak, Malcom scored seven third period points to beat Nate Trepanier, 10-2, by major decision. At 141 pounds, ninth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln SE) controlled Danny Swan, who was moving up a class, for most of the seven minutes. Down 4-2, Swan almost recorded a late takedown. Instead, Killingsworth fought it off and won 4-3 as Swan had just over a minute of riding time. 

Lindenwood grabbed a 9-0 lead as fershman Tanner Hitchcock pinned sophomore Wesley Dawkins (Lincoln H.S.) with a second left at 133 pounds. Dawkins dominated the match, having a 6-1 lead and almost three minutes of riding time but a late front headlock by Hitchcock literally flipped the result. To start the dual, third-ranked Carlos Jacquez had three takedowns to beat second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) by a 7-2 margin.

UNK is now off until Tuesday, January 29th, when it hosts the Central Missouri Mules.




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Hastings - "Amazing! I'm just so excited." Those were the words from Taylor Beacom right after knocking off No. 1 Dakota Weslyan 79-76 on Saturday afternoon inside Lynn Farrell Arena. After coming off two disappointing losses to Doane and Mount Marty, the Hastings College women's basketball team needed to figure out how to win again and did just that against one of the nations best.

"It’s pretty unbelievable honestly, not only are they the No. 1 team but we obviously have been struggling lately." Head Coach Jina Douglas said. "We haven’t played very well for the last month and a half so for us to come out, play with a lot of energy, a lot of heart, I think it says a lot about our kids and hopefully this will get us going the rest of the season."

Dakota Wesleyan had built a five point lead following two free throws from Sarah Carr to lead 70-65 with 4:39 to go. But just like she had been doing all night long, Beacom connected on a huge 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two with under four minutes to play.

The teams would then trade points with DWU holding onto a 74-72 lead with 1:55 to play. Beacom looked like a cool veteran when Shandra Farmer found her on the right wing as she buried another three for a 75-74 lead with 1:39 remaining.

"We put Taylor (Beacom) in the starting lineup, she’s been our best scorer the last month of the season. We’ve been begging her all year to shoot the ball more and she definitely did that more today," Douglas continued. "She’s been getting better and better but with Shandra slowly coming back, she can’t be our first option on offense. As much as we want that, she hasn’t played for six weeks. She’s doing a great job but she’s just not quite there so we need another kid to step up and score for us and she did a great job of that."

With the game tied 76-76, the Lady Broncos would turn to its defense to shut down the defending national champions. Following a free throw from Emma Grenfell to give Hastings the 77-76 lead, Sophia Pankratz made the play of the game getting her hands on the ball with Kynedi Cheeseman earning the jump ball and the turnover as the possession arrow favored Hastings. Mackenzie Willicott would get fouled and make both free throws to give HC the 79-76 lead with :09 to go.

The Lady Bronco defense would need one more stop and did just that forcing a desparate 27-footer from Carr that found nothing but air as the Hastings players rushed over to its bench to celebrate its biggest win of the season.

"Yeah, you know Dakota Wesleyan is so good in so many things and I don’t know how many sets they have but it’s just set after set and so we talked about ball pressure and denial," Douglas said. "We can’t let them get comfortable out there and I thought we did a good job with it. When you play that way, you get really tired but I thought we fought through it you know we had individual kids step up, especially on the defensive end like Sophia (Pankratz). We put her at the four today, she’s never played that, she battled like crazy so I thought we had a lot of kids step up to lead us to victory."

Beacom finished the night with a career high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 2-for-4 from downtown. Willicott had a solid night scoring 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting including a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc. She also pulled down seven boards.

Hastings forced 18 Tiger turnovers as Grenfell led the way with five steals while Pankratz added two. DWU did out rebound Hastings 42-to-26 but the Lady Broncos held Dakota Weslyan to 41 percent shooting. Ali Smith had a career high five assists.

Farmer finished with nine points, Grenfell added eight points and Kaitlyn Schmit finished with seven points.

With the win, Hastings improves to 11-10 (7-8) on the year and will be back in action Thursday Jan. 24 hitting the road to take on Morningside with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. in Sioux City, IA.




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Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm captured a thrilling overtime victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Khristian Acosta and Connor McMenamin scored goals in regulation time, and Filip Forsmark netted his 7thgoal of the season in overtime to give the Storm a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tri-City returns home Friday night to host the Youngstown Phantoms, puck drop is set for 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City’s Khristian Acosta gave the Storm a lead just over three minutes into the opening period. Acosta’s goal was assisted by Benji Eckerle and was scored at the 3:25 mark of the 1st period. The Lumberjacks answered back with goals from Zack Nazzarett and Max Ellis at 16:56 and 18:56 of the 1st period. Despite being outshot 17-10 in the 1st period, Muskegon carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period.

 

No goals were scored in a penalty filled 2nd period, and the Storm trailed 2-1 entering the 3rd period. During the 2nd period, Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville left the game due to injury and was replaced by Jake Barczewski. Barczewski played the final 39:39 of the game and stopped all 11 Lumberjacks shots.

 

Connor McMenamin tipped a puck behind Muskegon goaltender Brandon Bussi to tie the game 2-2 with under five minutes to play in regulation. Zac Jones and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on McMenamin’s goal scored at 15:27 of the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 13-6 in the 3rd period and forced overtime on McMenamin’s late goal. In overtime, each team traded chances, but it was Tri-City’s Filip Forsmark who netted the game winning goal. Keaton Pehrson set up Forsmark’s game winning goal at 1:58 of the overtime period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 43-23 and skated away with a 3-2 overtime win in one of the season’s most thrilling games.

 

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Youngstown Phantoms.





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Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped the first game of a two game season series to the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight at the Viaero Center by a final score of 3-2. After falling behind 3-0 in the 2nd period, Tri-City netted two 3rd period goals but was unable to tie the game to forcer overtime. Brendan Budy and Connor McMenamin scored the Storm’s goals in Friday’s home loss to Muskegon. In the loss, Tri-City dropped to 2nd place in the USHL league standings and will host league leading Muskegon again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. With a win tomorrow, Tri-City would retake Muskegon for the top spot in the league standings. Puck drop for tomorrow’s Storm home game is set for 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stormhockey.com or by calling 308-338-8144.

 

Muskegon got on the board halfway through the 1st period on a goal from Cam McDonald at the 9:32 mark of the period. McDonalds goal was unassisted and put the Lumberjacks out in front 1-0. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 12-9 in the 1st period and carried a 1-0 lead into the 2ndperiod. Muskegon scored its 2nd goal of the game less than four minutes into the 2nd period to increase the lead to two goals. Alex Gaffney’s goal scored at 3:43 of the 2nd period was his 9th of the year and was assisted by Owen Farris. Alex Yakovenko netted his 11thgoal of the season in the final minute of the period to push the Muskegon lead to three goals. Yakovenko’s goal at 19:13 of the 2nd period was assisted by Egor Afanasyev, and gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 lead. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 9 to 8 in the 2nd period.

 

The Storm got on the board at 11:52 of the 3rd period on Brendan Budy’s 3rd career goal. Budy’s 3rd period goal marked his 3rd consecutive game soring a goal, and the even strength marker brought the Storm back within two goals of the Lumberjacks lead. Zac Jones recorded his 21st assist of the 2018-2019 regular season on the goal. Tri-City added an additional goal at 18:35 of the 3rd period to cut the Muskegon lead to only one. Captain Connor McMenamin scored his 11th goal of the season off of a faceoff win from Brendan Budy and a shot from Ronnie Attard that created a rebound and scoring chance in front of Lumberjacks goaltender Brandon Bussi. The Storm outshout the Lumberjacks 14-2 in the 3rd period but fell by a final score of 3-2. Isaiah Saville made 20 saves on 23 shots in net for Tri-City. Tonight’s game marked only the 2nd time this season Tri-City has dropped back to back games.

 

Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in a home game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Abraham Lincoln, Colo. 88, Scottsbluff 86
Broken Bow 53, Valentine 37
Douglas County West 71, Arlington 48
Gering 73, Chadron 61
Guardian Angels 52, O'Neill 50
Ogallala 67, Alliance 64
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Semifinal=
Hemingford 88, Sioux County 51
Morrill 60, Hay Springs 22
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ccd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ppd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ccd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Gordon/Rushville vs. Cody-Kilgore, ppd.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Northwest vs. Omaha Burke, ppd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Arlington 76, Douglas County West 26
Broken Bow 55, Valentine 30
Gering 41, Chadron 32
Hyannis 46, Arthur County 31
Milford 45, Elmwood-Murdock 35
Ogallala 46, Alliance 39
Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=
Crawford 36, Edgemont, S.D. 34
Morrill 33, Sioux County 26
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Consolation=
Perkins County 37, Sutherland 29
Semifinal=
Hershey 55, Bridgeport 29
North Platte St. Patrick's 69, Chase County 37
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ppd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ccd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ppd.
Cody-Kilgore vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Johnson County Central vs. Auburn, ppd.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Burke vs. Fremont, ccd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Plattsmouth vs. Gretna, ccd.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.




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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.





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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.





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Kearney, Neb. – Wayne State transfer Alexis McAfee made a backdoor layup with three tenths of a second remaining in overtime to lift Washburn to a 62-60 win over Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (11-4, 6-0) have won nine in a row to move into sole possession of first place in the MIAA while the Lopers fall to 10-6 (3-4) and to 2-3 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Both teams came in among the national leaders in scoring defense, allowing less than 59 points per game. Neither squad led by more than five points all night and there was an unprecedented 17 lead changes and 13 ties. UNK shot 50% (24 of 48) from the field against the stingy WU defense but also committed a season-high 26 turnovers and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. The 'Bods won despite shooting 35% (25 of 69) from the field but sunk eight threes and tallied 15 points off those 26 Loper miscues.

A three from the top of the key by freshman Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) tied things up at 60 with 32 seconds left in the extra session. The 'Bods tallied the first four points in overtime to grab a 60-56 lead but freshman reserve guard Aspen Jansa (Wahoo Bishop Neumann) went one of two at the free throw line with 2:03 left to start the comeback.

After Holt's second triple of the night, Washburn called a timeout to advance the ball past half court. Star guard Reagan Phelan drove the lane with seconds remaining and was surrounded by the UNK defense. However, McAfee went back door from the right wing to tally the winner. The 5-9 guard and Kansas native finished with nine points, four assists and three steals. Phelan had a team-high 13 points as well as six dimes and five thefts.

"I feel for our kids. They competed and played hard and did everything they could at the very end but Washburn made a play," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "We do have some things to clean up. We didn't value basketball at times … we had 26 turnovers and lost by two."

The Lopers grabbed a 55-53 lead with 2:39 remaining in regulation after a layup by Crofton sophomore Kelsey Sanger. WU sunk about a minute later to regain the lead but Sanger went one of two at the line with 18 seconds left to knot things up once more. The 'Bods had two chances to win in the final five seconds but two shots didn't drop.

"Credit to them. They pressured us on the wing and got after us in the post in the second half," said Eighmey. "To give that much effort and to lose by two in overtime on a back cut with three tenths of a second left is tough. We'll learn from this and regroup."    

Four Loper starters reached double figures, led by Sanger and Elkhorn freshman post Brooke Carlson who had 16 apiece. They combined to go 12 of 22 from the field and also managed 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Next, Holt had 12 and four boards with South Dakota freshman guard Klaire Kirsch supplying 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Finally, Sanger, Holt and Kirsch each logged at least 40 minutes.

Besides Phelan and McAfee, Washburn got 12 points and three offensive caroms from Idaho State post transfer Nicole Murugarren and nine points in 17 minutes from Austin Peay State (Tenn.) transfer Shelbe Pggie.

UNK faces Emporia State on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets (12-4, 3-3) hit a three with 17 seconds left to hand No. 3 Fort Hays State its first loss of the year, 54-51.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman reserve post Sevon Witt tallied a game-high 23 points in 20 minutes and the Washburn Ichabods got off to a fast start to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 89-58, Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (12-3, 5-1) improve to 8-0 in Lee Arena while the Lopers fall to 5-11 (0-7).

UNK got a free throw from Bellevue junior forward AJ Jackson two minutes into the game to lead 1-0 but Washburn scored the next 12 points. The Lopers misfired on 11 of its first 12 shots as the 'Bods opened up leads of 17-7 and 28-11. The teams combined to go just 1 of 17 from the three point line in the first half but WU tallied 28 points in the paint as well as 16 points off 11 Loper turnovers to lead 34-18 at the intermission. 

A couple of threes from Iowa junior forward Kyle Juhl helped UNK hang around early in the second half but the 'Bods went on a 13-6 run to open up a 58-38 lead with 8:54 to play. Fittingly, Witt capped things with two free throws. A 6-7, 220 freshman from Raytown, Mo., he came in averaging 7.1 points per game (85 points on the season) but made 9 of 11 shots and 5 of 8 free throws to reach his season-high total. Witt also had five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

All toll, Washburn tallied 59 of its points in the paint and had a 45-35 rebounding margin. Making just 6 of 21 three point shots, the 'Bods garnered 21 points off 15 UNK turnovers and had 51 bench points.

Besides Witt's unlikely heroics, WU got 10 points from freshman reserve guard Jalen Lewis and 16 points and eight boards from senior starting guard Tyas Martin. Senior guard Javion Blake, averaging just over 20 points per game, finished with a season-low five in 21 minutes of work.

Shooting 32% on the night, UNK saw Juhl and Texas junior guard Chase Winchester score 12 apiece. The duo combined to go 6 of 11 from behind the arc and also provided seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Finally, Aurora freshman reserve Henry Penner got hot late and tallied eight points and six rebounds.

Kearney visits Emporia State (7-8, 2-4) Sunday afternoon. The Hornets led Fort Hays State 39-26 at the half tonight but fell by an 82-71 score.
  




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