Saturday, January 20, 2018

Huskers rally past fading Hoosiers

LINCOLN, Neb. — Until Wednesday night, Nebraska's students didn't have much to celebrate when it came to their basketball team.

So they let it all hang out after the Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69, the Hoosiers' third straight loss and Nebraska's biggest victory in its first season in the Big Ten.

As students poured out of the stands and gathered at midcourt, some of them picked up Dylan Talley, who high-fived as many as he could. A couple of students even tried to hoist Jorge Brian Diaz but gave up. After all, he's 6 feet 11.

Diaz gave Nebraska its first lead since early in the game with two free throws with 11 seconds left. Indiana couldn't score on its last possession.

And so began the party for a team that started the night tied for last place in the conference.

"It was a good win guys, it was a great win," coach Doc Sadler said. "What can you say? We needed it and needed it bad."

Indiana (15-4, 3-4) squandered a 13-point second-half lead against the Huskers, who were averaging a league-low 51 points in conference games and ranked at or near the bottom in most offensive categories.

"We knew Indiana and Ohio State (Saturday) were big games for protecting our homecourt," said Bo Spencer, who made four 3-pointers and led Nebraska (10-8, 2-5) with 23 points. "If we wanted to go on a run in the league, we needed to do it (now)."

NO. 12 MURRAY ST. 66, MOREHEAD ST. 60: Isaiah Canaan scored 20 for the visiting Racers (19-0, 7-0 Ohio Valley), who trailed by nine with just less than 13 minutes left before rallying in their toughest conference challenge so far.

CINCINNATI 70, NO. 13 UCONN 67: Sean Kilpatrick hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to lift the Bearcats to their seventh straight Big East road victory. The Huskies (14-4, 4-3) lost their first home game this season.

OLE MISS 75, NO. 18 MISS. ST. 68: Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 and added 15 rebounds as the host Rebels beat the Bulldogs (15-4, 2-2 SEC) for the first time in six games.

NO. 19 CREIGHTON 66, MISSOURI ST. 65: Gregory Echenique had 16 points and Doug McDermott added 15 for the visiting Bluejays (17-2, 7-1 MVC).

NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 84, TEXAS 80: Rodney McGruder scored a career-high 33, including a transition dunk in the closing seconds, and the host Wildcats (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) overcame poor free-throw shooting late.

MIAMI 76, CLEMSON 73: Malcolm Grant had 16 points and made the clinching steal with less than five seconds left to lift the host Hurricanes (10-6, 1-2 ACC), who defeated the Tigers for the first time in six games.

UCF 68, MEMPHIS 67: Keith Clanton's three-point play with four seconds left gave the host Knights (14-4, 4-1 C-USA) their first victory over the Tigers in 11 meetings.

FLA. SOUTHERN 97, TAMPA 71: The visiting Moccasins shot 50 percent from the floor to 28.6 percent for the Spartans (4-12, 0-7 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 56, SAINT LEO 55: Wayne Sears Jr. and Woody Taylor both banked in key 3s as the host Tritons (11-4, 4-2 SSC) held off the Lions (8-8, 2-4).

CAL: Forward Richard Solomon was ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season, a setback for a team expected to be a Pac-12 contender.

UTAH: Coach Larry Krystkowiak dismissed senior point guard Josh "Jiggy" Watkins for an undisclosed team rules violation.


FLA. SOUTHERN 56, TAMPA 51: The Moccasins erased a 15-point deficit to rally past the host Spartans (7-9, 1-6 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 79, SAINT LEO 56: Taylor Young had 24 points and shot 9-of-10 from the field as the host Tritons (10-4, 4-2 SSC) routed the Lions (6-10, 0-6).

NO. 1 BAYLOR 72, NO. 17 TEXAS TECH 64: Brittney Griner had 21 points for the visiting Bears (18-0, 5-0 Big 12), who handed the Raiders (14-3, 2-3) their third straight conference loss.

NO. 5 DUKE 79, GA. TECH 62: Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the visiting Blue Devils (15-2, 5-0 ACC) won their ninth straight and beat the Yellow Jackets for the 34th straight time.

NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 78, MISSOURI 52: Sydney Carter and Adaora Elonu scored 16 each, and coach Gary Blair earned his 200th win with the host Aggies (12-4, 3-2 Big 12).

NO. 18 L'VILLE 64, PROVIDENCE 48: Freshman Bria Smith had 12 points and Becky Burke made 3 of 3 3-pointers to add 11 points for the host Cardinals (15-4, 4-2 Big East).

OKLAHOMA: Starting forward Joanna McFarland is out indefinitely after having surgery to fix a broken jaw.

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