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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — After losing four top players to the NBA, this was supposed to be something close to a rebuilding season for Villanova.
There's no such thing for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats.
Freshman forward Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 17 points, senior guard Phil Booth hit key baskets down the stretch and No. 14 Villanova remained perfect in Big East play by beating Creighton 66-59 in overtime Wednesday night.
Booth finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Eric Paschall scored 15 and Collin Gillespie had 13 for the Wildcats (19-4, 10-0), who have won their first 10 Big East games for the first time in program history. Their previous best start in league play came in 2009-10 when they opened 9-0.
"On nights when you're not at your best and you can still find a way," Wright said, "that's a good team."
The defending national champions also became the first Big East team to start 10-0 in conference games since UConn won its first 11 on the way to the 1999 national title.
"You don't start 10-0 in this league unless you're special," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
Davion Mintz led Creighton (13-10, 4-6) with 19 points and Martin Krampelj had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Bluejays were missing two starters after top scorer Ty-Shon Alexander was injured in practice Tuesday. He joined Marcus Zegarowski (broken hand) in street clothes on the bench.
Despite playing short-handed, Creighton stayed right with Villanova in a back-and-forth game that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes. But the Wildcats put the clamps down in overtime, all but sealing the win on Booth's 3-pointer with 1:25 left.
"I'm extremely proud," McDermott said. "We played a lineup we never played before, we played a style we never played before. Because of injuries we're in a tough spot right now. I thought our guys fought."
The game was tied at 45 with 4:30 left in regulation when Mintz drilled a tough 3 to put Creighton ahead. Booth made two straight buckets to put Villanova back in front, before Creighton's Kaleb Joseph was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 37 seconds remaining. He hit one of three foul shots to tie the game at 49.
Krampelj swatted a go-ahead attempt from Booth with 11 seconds left, giving Creighton a shot to win at the end of regulation. Joseph's jumper rimmed out at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
"They played extremely well," Wright said. "We didn't and we were able to gut it out with some great effort plays down the stretch."
Creighton: The Bluejays, who have played one of the nation's toughest schedules, remain in the middle of the pack in the conference.
Villanova: Looking for their fifth Big East regular-season title in six years, the Wildcats are in essentially a two-horse race with Marquette. They have a two-game lead on the Golden Eagles with eight to play.
Normally one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Bluejays went just 5 for 17 from behind the arc. But they outscored Villanova 32-18 in the paint and were especially impressive on defense, holding the Wildcats to 37.5 percent shooting.
"I told the guys that we were really connected," McDermott said. "There was a level of belief you have to have when you're undermanned. You really have to have each other's backs."
Wright said the biggest plays of the game were two offensive rebounds by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree in overtime. One followed a missed free throw by Gillespie, with Cosby-Roundtree slamming home the putback to give Villanova a 55-52 lead with just under three minutes left.
Cosby-Roundtree and Bey each finished with four offensive rebounds in front of a loud Finneran Pavilion crowd. Villanova was playing on campus for the first time since Jan. 8 after six straight games either on the road or at their off-campus home at the Wells Fargo Center.
"Everyone was dialing it up," Bey said. "I was just feeding off the energy."
Creighton faces Seton Hall on Saturday night in the second stop on a three-game road trip.
Villanova heads to Marquette on Saturday afternoon for a showdown between the league's top two teams.

North Platte The Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen avenged a loss to the North Platte Community College Knights,, defeating them 80-70, at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium on Tuesday night in a Region IX South Sub-Region game.

The Knights defeated the Plainsmen 80-78 in Sterling, Colo., earlier in the season.

The Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead, for the largest lead of the first half for either team, but the Plainsmen went on an 18-4 run to take their largest lead at 18-11.

The Knights rallied to tie the score at 25, but was not able to take the lead and trailed the Plainsmen 34-31 at the break.

The Plainsmen scored the first four points to take a 38-31 lead, which gave them their largest lead to that point in the game.

The Knights outscored the Plainsmen 29-14 to take their biggest lead at 60-52.

Mohamed Diallo scored seven points for the Plainsmen to cut the Knights lead to 62-59.

The Plainsmen took the lead at 66-64 on a three-pointer by Nykolas Lange. The Knights tied it at 66 on a field goal by Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas.

The Plainsmen finished off the game on a 14-4 run.

The Knights, now 16-3, and 5-2 in Region IX South Sub-Region play were led in scoring by Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, with 21 points. Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, finished with 15 points. Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, added 11 points and Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, had 10 points.

Karwowski added 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Knights.

The Plainsmen, improve to 11-13 overall, and 3-4 in the South Sub-Region.

Diallo led the Plainsmen with 22 points.  Moz Doria added 17 points, and Lange added 10 points.

Diallo also had eight rebounds to lead the Plainsmen.

The Knights will travel to Columbus and Beatrice this weekend for a pair of Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games against Central Community College on Friday, and Southeast Community College on Saturday.


North Platte – The Northeastern Junior College Plainswomen used strong shooting to defeat the North Platte Community College Knights on Tuesday Night, 85-60.

The Plainswomen came out and made their first six shots and led the Knights 14-2. In the first quarter they shot 11 for 18 or 61.1 percent and led the Knights 27-14.

In the second quarter, the Knights cut the Plainswomen lead to eight after a 10-5 run to start the quarter to make the score 32-24.  The remainder of the quarter, the Plainswomen gained control by outscoring the Knights 16-4 to take a 48-28 lead.

The Knights opened up the third quarter going on a 12-5 run to cut the Plainswomen lead to 13 at 53-40.

They outscored the Plainswomen 17-16 to trail the Plainswomen 64-45.

The Knights, now 3-18, were led in scoring by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., with 23 points. Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was next in scoring with 12 points and Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., added 10 points.

Katie Cox, from New Port Richey, Fla., led the Knights in rebounding with seven.

The Plainswomen improve to 16-5 on the season. Tashika Burrell was one of four Plainswomen to finish in double figures, leading the way with 21 points.  Taylor Knudson and Aleksandra Ratnikava each had 15 points. Marta Rodriguez added 12 points.

The Knights hit the road this weekend for a pair of Region IX Division II contests.  On Friday, they will travel to Columbus to play Central Community College.  On Saturday, they will travel to Beatrice to play Southeast Community College.


A Husker "insider" plans to give local Nebraska football fans an in-depth look at the NU program and the 2019 Husker recruiting class during a special presentation in McCook, Monday, Feb. 25th. Sean Callahan will speak to fans at the The Coppermill Steakhouse. He will present video showing highlights of Nebraska's latest recruits, and he will speak on an array of topics covering the Husker football program, from Coach SCOTT FROST and his staff, to returning players and new recruits, THE Big Ten Conference, and he answers questions from the audience. NU fans might recognize Callahan from his appearances on the "Big Red Wrap-Up" highlight show that airs on NET Television. Callahan appears on the show regularly, discussing all aspects of Husker football recruiting. Callahan has an inside view of the NU program. He runs and operates the Nebraska Rivals web side called Huskers -- the largest web site that covers Nebraska football, Callahan said. He covers all aspects of Nebraska football for the web site, including game coverage, spring football and recruiting. He also appears daily as the Lincoln correspondent on Nebraska football radio programming with Gary Saddlemeyer and Jim Rose.

When: Monday February 25, 2019
Where: Coppermill Steakhouse , US HWY 83, McCook
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner @6:30pm, program to follow
Tickets: $25 per person, includes diner and program
Purchase Tickets: @ The Coppermill, Loops Brewing Company, and The Sport Shoppe
Tickets go on Sale: February 8TH. Limited seating is available, so get your tickets before they are all sold.
Direct inquiries to: Coach Jeff Gross, 308-340-0755

The Nebraska Danger open practice in advance of the 2019 Season this week. 

The season opens February 23rd against the Bismarck Bucks. 

Danger players and coaches continue their Kids Camps this Saturday at the Sunrise Middle School in Kearney. The final one will be February 16th at Grand Island Senior High.

Get details here.

We have audio highlights from the first Danger Kid's Camp in Hastings last week including interviews with Offensive Coordinator Jameel Sewell, Defensive Line Coach Xzavie Jackson, DB Jamal Burgess, WR Chip Reeves, and QB Tommy Armstrong. 

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Martin Krampelj matched his career high with 23 points and Creighton defeated Xavier 76-54 on Sunday, giving coach Greg McDermott his 200th win with the Blue Jays.

Krampelj was 8-of-11 shooting, made all seven of his free throws and grabbed a game-high six rebounds for the Blue Jays (13-9, 4-5 Big East), who have won three of their last four games.

Marcus Zegarowski added 13 points, with the Blue Jays shooting 58 percent, making 7 of 15 from the arc and all 13 of their free throws.

Quentin Goodin scored 13 points with seven assists and Tyrique Jones added 10 points for the Musketeers (11-12, 3-7), who have lost five straight.

Creighton opened with a 7-2 run and led the rest of the way, going up by 15 with an 8-0 run to end the first half.

Xavier only got within eight in the second half. Krampelj scored eight points in a 16-4 run for a 21-point lead with 2:44 left.



Amherst 71, Wilcox-Hildreth 62

Ansley-Litchfield 61, Central Valley 54

Arapahoe 54, Hitchcock County 46

Bellevue West 84, Omaha Northwest 74

Burwell 81, Nebraska Christian 54

Cambridge 54, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Crete 58, Blair 46

Cross County 68, High Plains Community 29

David City 58, Sandy Creek 42

Eustis-Farnam 46, Elwood 43

Fort Calhoun 53, Conestoga 44

Fullerton 94, Heartland Lutheran 50

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 37

Grand Island 60, Omaha Burke 49

Hershey 70, Dundy County-Stratton 58

Kearney 48, Omaha Bryan 43

Kearney Catholic 58, Columbus Scotus 36

Lincoln Christian 65, Aquinas 48

Lincoln East 68, North Platte 50

Lincoln High 81, Omaha Benson 59

Lincoln Lutheran 44, Hastings St. Cecilia 30

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

McCook 52, Ainsworth 46

Millard South 61, Fremont 41

Millard West 65, Lincoln Northeast 32

Minden 63, Gothenburg 60

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Sidney, Iowa 56

Norfolk 55, Papillion-LaVista South 46

Norris 67, Columbus 65

Ogallala 66, Broken Bow 51

Omaha Central 56, Elkhorn South 51

Omaha Creighton Prep 63, Lincoln Pius X 62

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Beatrice 47

Omaha Roncalli 65, South Sioux City 35

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 91, Lincoln Southeast 61

Peetz, Colo. 61, Creek Valley 47

Platteview 69, Raymond Central 29

Scottsbluff 68, Sidney 55

Sioux County 62, Leyton 51

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 38

South Platte 53, Arthur County 41

Valentine 52, Chadron 49

Wahoo 58, Grand Island Central Catholic 57

York 59, Columbus Lakeview 50

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Freeman 57, Yutan 48

Third Place=

Auburn 51, Elmwood-Murdock 42

East Husker Conference=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, North Bend Central 56

Third Place=

Howells/Dodge 53, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48

Fort Kearney Conference=


Overton 60, Pleasanton 44

Third Place=

Elm Creek 66, Loomis 50

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 83, Ponca 65

Osmond 45, Wakefield 43

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 52, Wood River 51

Third Place=

Centura 57, Ord 54

Mid-State Conference=


Pierce 63, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62, OT

Fifth Place=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Crofton 52

Third Place=

Norfolk Catholic 68, Battle Creek 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=


Neligh-Oakdale 47, Clearwater/Orchard 40

Third Place=

West Holt 44, North Central 39

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Johnson-Brock 39

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 62, Centennial 47

Third Place=

Milford 57, Wilber-Clatonia 26

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 46, Kenesaw 42

Third Place=

Deshler 42, Lawrence-Nelson 27

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 59, Mitchell 36

Third Place=

Hemingford 78, Bayard 75


Amherst 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 31

Bellevue West 66, Omaha Northwest 58

Broken Bow 47, Ogallala 39

Burwell 49, Nebraska Christian 31

Cambridge 52, North Platte St. Patrick's 40

Central Valley 47, Ansley-Litchfield 27

Chadron 40, Valentine 26

Columbus Scotus 50, Kearney Catholic 46

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 44, Omaha Duchesne Academy 38

Cozad 63, Perkins County 12

Creek Valley 33, Peetz, Colo. 28

Crete 53, Blair 41

Cross County 39, High Plains Community 26

Elkhorn 54, Omaha Mercy 32

Elkhorn South 67, Omaha Central 43

Elwood 42, Eustis-Farnam 18

Fort Calhoun 67, Conestoga 31

Fullerton 53, Heartland Lutheran 40

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 18

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Lincoln Lutheran 29

Hershey 50, Dundy County-Stratton 28

Hitchcock County 49, Arapahoe 19

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Spalding Academy 28

Kearney 54, Omaha Bryan 14

Lincoln Christian 45, Aquinas 43

Lincoln East 55, North Platte 43

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

Loomis 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

McCook 56, Ainsworth 48

McPherson County 38, Elba 18

Millard South 56, Fremont 53

Millard West 59, Lincoln Northeast 48

Minden 48, Gothenburg 29

Norfolk 46, Papillion-LaVista South 43

Norris 43, Columbus 41

Omaha Benson 37, Lincoln High 26

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, Boys Town 31

Omaha Burke 66, Grand Island 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 45, Beatrice 33

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Hastings 20

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 54, Lincoln Southeast 24

Raymond Central 53, Platteview 45

Sandy Creek 54, David City 45

Sioux County 50, Leyton 43

South Loup 56, Southern Valley 37

South Platte 40, Arthur County 31

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Roncalli 47

York 42, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Louisville 48, Weeping Water 34

Third Place=

Malcolm 53, Freeman 26

East Husker Conference=


West Point-Beemer 58, Oakland-Craig 55, OT

Third Place=

Clarkson/Leigh 52, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 47

Fort Kearney Conference=


Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 27

Third Place=

Overton 40, Axtell 34

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Ponca 53, Randolph 33

Wynot 40, Hartington-Newcastle 33, 2OT

Louplatte Conference=

Third Place=

Ord 45, St. Paul 42

Mid-State Conference=

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 32, Boone Central/Newman Grove 25

Third Place=

Battle Creek 57, Pierce 36

Niobrara Valley Conference=


North Central 51, CWC 42

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 53, Boyd County 44

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Sterling 39

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 36, Johnson-Brock 32

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Fillmore Central 53, Milford 40

Third Place=

Superior 53, Centennial 51, OT

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 62, Lawrence-Nelson 32

Wood River 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 26

Third Place=

Red Cloud 55, Kenesaw 48

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 29

Third Place=

Kimball 52, Bayard 39

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney softball team fell to Concordia-St. Paul, 5-4, and Minnesota State, 2-1, Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

The games were part of the annual Kelly Laas Memorial Invite inside the Husky Dome. On Friday, the Lopers fell to St. Cloud State, 9-1 (5 innings), and CSP, 3-2 (8 innings).

In round two with the Golden Bears Saturday morning, UNK hit three singles and took advantage of two walks and a two-out error to score three times in the second. The third hit in the inning was an RBI single by sophomore designated player Alexis Howe (Papillion-LaVista).

CU countered with a two spot in the top of the third and then tied things up in the fifth. The seventh inning featured a combined three runs on five hits, two walks and error. The Golden Bears, like they did in Friday's game, used a two-out rally to win. Three singles and a walk provided the winning margin with a single by cleanup hitter Aryka Knoche the big blow.

A two-out RBI single from sophomore catcher Karlee Arnold (Parker, Colo.) gave UNK hope and put runners at second and third in the bottom of the inning. CU issued a walk to load the bases and then a fly out to center ended the rally and game.

Leadoff hitter and left fielder Lauren Struebing (Kearney) went 4 for 4 with a run scored to pace the Lopers. Freshman shortstop Abbie Vodicka (Lincoln Pius) was 2 for 4 with a run from the nine hole with sophomore Sarah Handrahan (Festus, Mo.) and junior Erin Hallman (Lakewood, Colo.) combing for seven K's and three walks in the circle.

CU got eight K's and 6.2 innings from starting pitcher Samantha Sullivan with its top four hitters a combined 9 for 14 with five RBI's and five runs scored.

The weekend finale didn't get underway until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The contest featured just three runs on 11 hits, four walks and two errors. MSU (3-1) used a leadoff walk and one-out double in the sixth to win. Freshman center fielder Carlee Liesch (Lincoln Pius) went 1 for 3 with an RBI single while Handrahan and redshirt freshman Mo Vornhagen (Kearney) combined for four K's and two earned on seven hits.

UNK gets next weekend off before heading to Bentonville, Ark., for the annual 8-State Classic.

Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 3-0 Saturday night in Urbandale, Iowa. Despite the loss, Tri-City remains the 1st place team in the USHL league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Green Bay Gamblers at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game marked only the 3rd time this season that the Storm have been held off the scoreboard. Puck drop for Friday’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Des Moines scored the game’s 1st goal just over minutes into the game on goal by Michael Mancinelli. The Buccaneers added another goal with under three minutes to go in the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Des Moines’ 2nd goal of the game was scored by Johnny Russel on the power play. The Buccaneers outshot Tri-City 14-9 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

Mac Welsher netted the Buccaneers’ third goal of the game at 11:21 of the 2nd period to increase the lead to 3-0. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 10-9 and lead 3-0 entering the 3rd period. Neither teams scored a goal in the 3rd period and Tri-City was shutout for only the 3rd time this season. The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 31-26 in the game.

Tri-City dropped to 29-9-1-1 in the loss, but still holds a one-point lead over the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL league standings. The Storm return home next weekend to host the Eastern Conference’s Green Bay Gamblers in back to back games at the Viaero Center. The Gamblers dropped a road game 3-1 to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night.

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon to defeat the Lamar Community College Runnin’ Lopes 59-58.

The Knights trailed the Runnin’ Lopes at the end of the first quarter 19-17.

In the second quarter, the Runnin’ Lopes added to their lead, outscoring the Knights 15-11 to take a 34-28 half time lead.

The Knights began their comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Runnin Lopes’ 16-15 to cut the lead to 50-44.

In the fourth quarter the Knights outscored the Runnin’ Lopes 15-9 to secure the victory.

“We fought and played with a lot of heart,” Knights Head Coach Jeff Thurman said. “This win is a team effort. Proud of them!”

To show the team effort, the Knights had four players in scoring in double figures.  Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., led the way with 18 points.  She was followed by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., who scored 14 points.  Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., and Nerea Castellano, from Barcelona, Spain, each scored 12 points for the Knights.

Nacona and Belmore each had a double-double by finishing with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively.

The Knights improve to 3-17 on the year.

The Runnin’ Lopes drop to 2-22 on the season. They had two players in double figures.  Lana Skripkina and Hanna Diaz each had 13 points.

Skripkina grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Anaya Matthews added 11 rebounds.

The Knights are in action next on Tuesday night when they host Northeastern Junior College at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium.

It is the first half of a women and men doubleheader.

The game that was scheduled for tomorrow against Colorado State University club team was cancelled and will not be made up.

Tip-off for the Northeastern game for the women will be at 5:30 p.m. CST.