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Late Rally Seals Win Over Ohio State

20-Feb-2017 /

Columbus, Ohio – Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State Saturday evening.

The Huskers (12-14, 6-8 Big Ten) trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus.

Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win.

The Buckeyes, who had three fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes.

Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second double-digit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.

Ohio State (15-13, 5-10 B1G) had one final shot, but the Huskers forced Jae’Sean Tate, who led Ohio State with 14 points, into a tough off-balanced jumper which Webster rebounded as time expired.

Nebraska, which trailed by as many as 11 points in opening minutes of the second half, trailed 43-34 before Morrow and McVeigh keyed a 9-0 spurt. Morrow scored on three straight baskets before McVeigh’s 3-pointer with 8:45 left knotted the score at 43.

The teams would trade baskets, and NU was within 48-47 after a McVeigh 3-pointer when Morrow fouled out with 4:43 left. The Buckeyes took advantage, running off seven straight points to take a 54-47 advantage heading into the final media timeout. Nebraska made an adjustment, going to a 1-3-1 zone that limited OSU in the final minutes of the first half. NU chipped away as a 3-pointer from Watson and a bucket by McVeigh cut the deficit to 54-52 with 1:30 left.

In the first half, Nebraska overcame a slow start and rallied to within 30-24 at the half. Nebraska shot 33 percent from the floor in the opening stanza and heated up in the final minutes after missing 15 of its first 20 shots, as Ohio State built an 11-point lead behind 11 first-half points from Tate.

Trailing 24-13, the Huskers rallied behind a stronger defensive effort and the play of Tai Webster, who had 11 first-half points. The senior scored seven points in an 11-5 Husker run, as Nebraska pulled to within 29-24 after an Ed Morrow Jr. layup.

Nebraska also clamped down on the defensive end, holding Ohio State without a field goal for the final 5:39 of the half, as OSU shot just 41 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as they take on Michigan State. Tipoff in East Lansing is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised on ESPNU.

Husker Women Knock Off Hoosiers

20-Feb-2017 /

Lincoln – Freshman Hannah Whitish scored a career-high 18 points including four three-pointers to lead four Huskers in double figures as the Nebraska women’s basketball team knocked off Indiana, 67-64, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the 18 points from Whitish, the Huskers got a huge game from fellow freshman Nicea Eliely, who scored 13 points and tied a career high with three three-pointers on 3-of-4 shooting. Eliely also matched her career best with six assists while adding a trio of first-half steals. Overall, Eliely was 5-for-8 from the field.

Senior Allie Havers added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Huskers. She hit 6-of-10 shots from the field including a pair of uncontested layups in the final 22 seconds to help Nebraska secure its second Big Ten win of the season.

Sophomore Jessica Shepard contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three assists to help the Huskers improve to 6-20 overall and 2-12 in the Big Ten. Indiana slipped to 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the conference.

Whitish, a 5-9 guard, hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor for the game including 4-of-6 threes, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals to outduel Indiana All-Big Ten guard Tyra Buss.

Buss finished with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals, but could not answer Whitish in the final 1:30. Buss finished 6-of-16 from the floor, but 0-for-7 from three-point range. She also hit 4-of-6 free throws.

With the game on the line, Whitish buried a catch-and-shoot three with 1:28 left to give the Big Red a 61-58 lead.

Indiana senior Karlee McBride then answered with her fourth three-pointer of the game 13 seconds later to tie the score again at 61, before Whitish knocked down a short jumper off the dribble to give Nebraska a 63-61 lead.

At the other end, Buss was fouled with 30.4 seconds left but short-armed her first free throw. Buss made the second to pull Indiana to 63-62, but against full-court pressure, Whitish hit an unguarded Havers under the basket with a half-court pass to push NU’s lead back to 65-62 with 21.6 seconds left.

Buss answered with a layup to cut the margin back to 65-64 with 17.1 left, before Havers scored on another uncontested layup off a half-court pass from Eliely with 10 seconds left.

Buss then missed a pair of threes in the final 10 seconds, as Nebraska sealed its second conference win.

Nebraska shot a Big Ten season-best 49.1 percent from the field (27-55) including 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range. The Huskers also hit 3-of-5 free throws while outrebounding Indiana, 34-32.

Indiana hit just 39.3 percent (24-61) of its shots, marking the worst shooting day by a Husker Big Ten opponent. The Hoosiers hit 25.9 percent (7-27) of their threes and 9-of-13 free throws. Indiana won the turnover battle, 15-11.

Junior forward Amanda Cahill kept Indiana in the game in the second half, scoring 12 of her 14 points, while notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. But Cahill went just 5-for-14 overall from the field, including 4-for-6 in the second half.

Senior guard Alexis Gassion added 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Gassion and Cahill combined on an 8-0 Indiana surge midway through the third quarter that gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the game at 46-39 with 4:48 left.

But the Huskers refused to quit, outscoring the Hoosiers 10-2 to end the quarter, including five points from Havers, a three-pointer from freshman Rylie Cascio Jensen and a jumper from Whitish.

The Huskers took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter, after leading 31-30 at the half.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to a 10-0 lead on Play4Kay Day in Lincoln behind a pair of three-pointers by Whitish. Shepard added seven first-quarter points, including NU’s last five points to take a 17-8 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.

Indiana’s eight points were the fewest allowed by the Huskers in the first quarter this season, and marked Nebraska’s second-best defensive quarter overall, trailing only six points allowed to San Jose State in the fourth quarter on Dec. 9.

The Big Red continued playing well early in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 12 points at 22-10 with 7:36 left after a floater from Whitish.

But the Hoosiers responded with an 11-0 run that included a pair of three-pointers from McBride. Nebraska answered with four straight points, but a third three from McBride and a layup from Gassion tied the game for the first time at 26.

Nebraska scored five straight points, including a three from Eliely, before Indiana scored the final four points of the half. NU still took a 31-30 lead to the halftime locker room, marking just the second time in 14 Big Ten Conference games that the Huskers led at the half.

Shepard and Whitish each had eight first-half points for the Huskers, while Eliely pitched in five points. Havers and Cincore each contributed four points apiece, while Grace Mitchell had two points and two rebounds while forcing a pair of first-half fouls on Cahill, Indiana’s second-leading scorer.

McBride led the Hoosiers with nine first-half points on a trio of second-quarter threes, while Gassion added six points. Buss and Ria Gulley each contributed five points, while Cahill was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Cahill did grab eight first-half rebounds.

Nebraska hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-14 threes. The Huskers were 1-of-2 at the line in a first half that featured just 11 total fouls by both teams combined. Nebraska outrebounded the Hoosiers, 19-17, but lost the turnover battle, 9-8.

Indiana shot a cool 37.5 percent (12-32) from the floor, including 4-of-15 threes. The Hoosiers were 2-for-4 at the line.

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Thursday by taking on No. 20 Michigan. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wolverines in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Nebraska Women's Basketball Falls to Ohio State

17-Feb-2017 /
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard notched her 12th double-double of the year with a season-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds, but No. 12 Ohio State ran to an 87-69 women’s basketball win over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Buckeyes, who were led by 27 points from All-American Kelsey Mitchell, improved to 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers slipped to 5-20 overall and 1-12 in the conference.

Nicea Eliely added 13 points, while Emily Wood knocked down a career-high three three-pointers to finish with nine points off the bench to help the Huskers.

Sierra Calhoun helped the Buckeyes with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while freshman forward Tori McCoy finished with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks.

As a team, Ohio State shot a solid 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor, including a sizzling 10-of-21 from three-point range. The Buckeyes also connected on 9-of-12 free throws and won the rebounding battle 45-34.

Nebraska shot just 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field, including 5-of-12 from three-point range. The Huskers outworked OSU to the free throw line, hitting 18-of-29 shots from the stripe. NU also won the turnover battle, 17-12.

Ohio State jumped to a quick 19-10 lead over the cold-shooting Huskers in the first quarter. Nebraska hit just 4-of-14 shots in the opening period, while the Buckeyes knocked down 8-of-18, including 3-of-5 three-pointers. Mitchell led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.

OSU pushed its edge to 40-23 at halftime despite 10 second-quarter points from Shepard. Mitchell scored seven in the quarter to finish the first half with 15 points, while McCoy finished the half with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and added six rebounds and four blocked shots.

In the half, Ohio State hit 51.6 percent (16-31) of its shots including 6-of-10 threes, and OSU was 2-of-4 at the free throw line. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskers 22-18 in the first half, but Nebraska won the first-half turnover battle, 8-6.

Nebraska hit just 28.1 percent (9-32) of its first-half shots, while hitting just 1-of-6 threes. The Huskers also connected on just 4-of-9 free throws.

However, the Huskers scored the first seven points of the second half with layups from Jasmine Cincore, Hannah Whitish and a traditional three-point play from Eliely to cut OSU’s lead to 40-30 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

Ohio State responded to push the lead to 21 points at 64-43 before Wood knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to send the Huskers to the third quarter trailing 64-46.

Nebraska charged out of the gate again to open the fourth quarter, as back-to-back three-point plays by Shepard cut the OSU lead to 66-54 with 7:47 left.

But the Big Red could get no closer the rest of the way. Nebraska nearly matched Ohio State point-for-point after halftime, losing the half just 47-46.

Nebraska continues Big Ten home action on Sunday by battling Indiana. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now on Sunday's game will be Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game to promote cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Husker Men's Basketball Beats Penn State

15-Feb-2017 /
Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh had 15 points apiece to pace for Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska rolled to an 82-66 win over Penn State Tuesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) shot 55 percent from the field and used a balanced attack in posting its largest Big Ten win of the season. NU led from wire to wire in snapping Penn State’s two-game win streak.

McVeigh’s half court heave capped a 45-point first half and gave the Huskers a spark heading into the break, while Watson’s 3-point play with 11:52 left keyed a 9-0 run that turned the Huskers’ nine-point lead into an 18-point cushion.

Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) cut a 13-point deficit to 56-47 before Watson went coast to coast, drawing contact and hitting the 3-point play. NU kept the momentum going, as freshman Isaiah Roby had consecutive dunks before McVeigh’s two free throws stretched the lead to 18.

NU eventually pushed the margin to 24 before emptying the bench in the final few minutes, as all 14 players who dressed saw action, while 10 Huskers got into the scoring column.
Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 12 each for the winners, as Tshimanga had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while Webster added six assists, as Nebraska had 18 assists compared to just 12 turnovers.

Tony Carr led Penn State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Lamar Stevens added 13, as the Nittany Lions shot just 40 percent, including 4-of-20 from long range.
Nebraska used one of its best halves of the year in taking a 45-37 lead into the locker room. The Huskers shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes as Tshimanga had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to lead a balanced attack.

Nebraska got inside early, as Tshimanaga and Webster combined for 11 of the Huskers first 13 points, as the Huskers built an early 13-6 lead. Penn State chipped away behind Carr and Stevens, as the pair helped the Nittany Lions cut the Husker lead to 15-13.

Nebraska led 22-20 before using a 9-2 spurt, keyed by McVeigh’s five points, to extend the margin to 31-22 and force a Penn State timeout. The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 10 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor and led 39-30 before the visitors rallied.

PSU scored five straight to pull within 39-35 after a 3-pointer from Carr, who had 13 first-half points. NU then showed some long-range shooting in the final minutes of the half as a 3-pointer by Jeriah Horne pushed the lead back to seven while McVeigh beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from halfcourt to make it an eight-point margin.

The Huskers return to action Saturday afternoon, as Nebraska will face Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN.

Hitchcock County Advances to Sub-District Final, Bertrand Season Ends

15-Feb-2017 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
The Hitchcock County Lady Falcons were able to move on to the Sub-District Final coming up on Thursday night as they were able to beat Bertrand 36-29.  Leading the way in scoring for Hitchcock County was Allison Hoyt finishing with 12 points and Aubrey Wagner finished with 9 points.   Hitchcock County season improves to 13-10 overall, and Bertrand season comes to a close finishing with an 8-12 record.  Halle Dahlgren and Grace Schwarz both lead the way in scoring finishing with 8 points.  Hitchcock County will now play DCS in the Sub-District final from Southwest High School coming up on Thursday night with tip off at 6pm CT.  Listen to all the action from Coyote Country 105.3 and online

Box Score

Bertrand                   8   7    2  12
Hitchcock County    4  14  11  7

DCS Keeps Perfect Season Alive, Medicine Valley Season Comes to a Close

15-Feb-2017 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
The Dundy County-Stratton Lady Tigers got out to a strong start in the girls class D1-11 Sub-District and never looked back as DCS defeated Medicine Valley 68-19.  Medicine Valley's season would come to an end finishing with a record of 4-17.  DCS season stay's alive as they are now 23-0 on the year.  Leading the way in scoring for Medicine Valley was Rachel Lashley and Korinne Hansen both finishing with 6 points.  DCS was lead by two players in double figures Aubrey Frederick with 14 and Kami Porter finished with 11 points.  Next action for DCS will be on Thursday night as they will play Hitchcock County.  Listen to all the action from Coyote Country 105.3 and online  Taco Johns Pregame show at 5:40pm with tip off at 6pm CT.

Box Score

DCS                          29  19  15  5-- 68
Medicine Valley        1     7   8   3-- 19

Arapahoe Girls Season Comes To a Close. Medicine Valley Advances

14-Feb-2017 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
The Girls Class D1-11 opening round sub-districts took place last night from Southwest High School, as Medicine Valley defeated Arapahoe 40-29.  Arapahoe's season comes to a close finishing with a record of 1-21.  Medicine Valley improved to 4-16 and will now play again tonight against Dundy County-Stratton who is 22-0 on the year.  Listen to the game on Coyote Country 105.3 and online  Below is the box score from the Arapahoe vs Medicine Valley game.

Box Score
Arapahoe               10   7   9  3  29
Medicine Valley     9   14  9  8  40

McCook Basketball - East/West Shootout Results

11-Feb-2017 / Hometown Family Radio Sports
The McCook Bison basketball teams wrapped up the East/West Shootout on Saturday that ended a stretch of three games in three days. Scores are below for each team as only three games remain in the season. The McCook boys will host Cozad on Thursday February 16th at 7:00pm followed up with both boys and girls hitting the road to wrap up the regular season traveling to Grand Island to play the Northwest Vikings. Girls game at 6:00pm followed by the boys at 7:45pm. Listen live on 93.9 The Zone & online 

East/West Shootout - Boys Final Scores 
Scottsbluff 68, McCook 49 
McCook 62, Gering 58 
Alliance 49, McCook 36 

East/West Shootout - Girls Final Scores 
Scottsbluff 67, McCook 53
Gering 48, McCook 39
Alliance 61, McCook 46 

McCook sending five wrestlers to state

11-Feb-2017 / Hometown Family Radio Sports
The Class B District 4 wrestling tournament wrapped up on Saturday at McCook Community College as the McCook Bison were able to get five individual wrestlers to punch their tickets to the Century Link Center next week to participate in the Class B state wrestling tournament. Qualifiers include Jarret Matson at 195lbs, Kaleb Taylor at 220lbs, Dunncan Rogers at 160lbs, Eric Langan at 182lbs, and Carson Richards at 106lbs. Below are team results. Click the District B4 results link to view brackets and individual results. 

District B4 Results 

1. Scottsbluff, NE Scottsbluff, NE (GET) SCOT 12 217.5
2. Alliance, NE Alliance, NE (GET) ALLI 12 143.0
3. Lexington, NE Lexington, NE (GET) LEXI 14 139.0
4. Gothenburg, NE Gothenburg, NE (GET) GOTH 14 130.5
5. Adams Central, NE Adams Central, NE (GET) ADCE 14 108.0
6. McCook, NE McCook, NE (GET) MCCO 12 106.5
7. Holdrege, NE Holdrege, NE (GET) HOLD 14 105.0
8. Sidney, NE Sidney, NE (GET) SIDN 13 102.0
9. Cozad, NE Cozad, NE (GET) COZA 11 50.0
10. Chadron, NE Chadron, NE (GET) CHAD 8 39.5
11. Gering, NE Gering, NE (GET) GERI 9 37.0
12. Ogallala, NE Ogallala, NE (GET) OGAL 11 16.0

Thursday Nigh Scores From East/West Shootout

09-Feb-2017 / Seth Baumert
Final Scores from the East/West Shootout.  The McCook girls and boys both fall in the opening games.

Scottsbluff 68, McCook 49
Lexington 60, Gering 55
Alliance 57, North Platte 46

Alliance 54, North Platte 33
Gering 64, Lexington 38
Scottsbluff 67, McCook 53