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Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten)

vs. 9/4 Maryland Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Nebraska
Live Video: BTN Plus
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn
Tickets: Huskers.com or 1-800-8-BIG-RED
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Huskers Shoot for Upset of Top 10 Terrapins
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday to take on No. 9 Maryland in a key Big Ten battle.
• Tip off between Nebraska (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in Lincoln. Live radio coverage (beginning at 6:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha, ESPN 590 AM, and in Lexington on 880 AM KRVN, and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.
• A live video stream will be provided to BTN Plus subscribers.
• The Huskers enter Tuesday’s game looking to rebound from a hard-fought 77-71 loss at No. 19 Iowa last Thursday in Iowa City. Freshman Leigha Brown led the Huskers in scoring for the second straight game by putting up a career-high 20 points off the bench for the Big Red.
• In conference games, Brown, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7), owns the highest scoring average by any Big Ten freshman (16.7 ppg). The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana is averaging 10.4 points per game for an extremely balanced Nebraska offense.
• However, Brown is not the top freshman scorer for the Huskers on the season. That honor belongs to Sam Haiby. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., is averaging a team-best 10.7 points per game off the bench. She is averaging 9.7 points per game in Big Ten play to rank sixth among Big Ten freshmen in league play.
• Tuesday’s game will feature five of the Big Ten’s top-11 scoring freshmen overall on the season, including Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell (1st, 14.7 ppg) and Shakira Austin (8th, 9.0 ppg), along with Nebraska’s Sam Haiby (6th, 10.7 ppg), Leigha Brown (7th, 10.4 ppg) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (11th, 8.0 ppg). Maryland’s Austin (1st, 11.1 rpg) and Nebraska’s Veerbeek (4th, 6.5 rpg) are among the Big Ten’s top freshman rebounders and both currently lead their teams on the glass.
• Nebraska features one of the Big Ten’s most balanced lineups with eight players averaging 7.8 or more points per game and nine active players averaging double-figure minutes. Returning Nebraska starters Maddie Simon, Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish are all averaging 8.6 points per game.
• Maryland is led by unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection Kaila Charles, who is averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game, including 20.7 points in Big Ten play. The Terps have featured a seven-player rotation early in conference play.
• Tuesday’s game will also showcase two of the Big Ten’s most accurate and active three-point shooters in NU’s Taylor Kissinger (1st, .477, 31-65) and Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell (3rd, .413, 43-104). Mikesell leads the Big Ten in threes per game (3.0), while Kissinger ranks fourth (2.2 pg).
Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 7.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 10.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (35-40); 12th Season Overall (228-149)
No. 9 Maryland Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
24 - Stephanie Jones - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
1 - Shakira Austin - 6-5 - Fr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg
5 - Kaila Charles - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
11 - Taylor Mikesell - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 14.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
22 - Blair Watson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Off the Bench
34 - Brianna Fraser - 6-3 - Sr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg
3 - Channise Lewis - 5-8 - So. - G - 3.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
32 - Sara Vujacic - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg
35 - Olivia Owens - 6-4 - Fr. - C - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
21 - Sarah Myers - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993)
17th Season at Maryland (442-120); 20th Season Overall (499-150)
Scouting the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins
• Coach Brenda Frese brings her Maryland Terrapins to Lincoln ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation with a 13-1 overall record and a 2-1 Big Ten mark. Frese will take aim at her 500th career win in her 20th season as a college head coach.
• In her 17 seasons at Maryland, Frese has led the Terps to the 2006 NCAA title, three NCAA Final Four appearances and 14 NCAA Tournament bids. Last year, Maryland finished 26-8 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten to finish second in the conference. The Terps lost in the NCAA second round.
• Maryland went a perfect 11-0 in non-conference play, including top-25 wins at South Carolina (Nov. 18) and over Georgia in Puerto Rico (Nov. 29), but after a Big Ten road-opening win at Penn State (Dec. 28), the Terps suffered a 73-65 home loss to Rutgers on New Year’s Eve.
• The Terrapins bounced back with a 75-69 win over Ohio State in College Park, Md., on Jan. 5, before traveling to Lincoln.
• Maryland’s starting five features three experienced juniors in Kaila Charles (16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Stephanie Jones (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Blair Watson (8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Charles and Watson were both McDonald’s High School All-Americans in 2016 and ranked among the top-30 players in the nation. Jones was ranked No. 35 in the country by All-Star Girls Report and No. 51 by ESPN.
• Charles, who has scored in double figures in all but one game also has a pair of double-doubles this season. She is averaging 20.7 points in Big Ten play. Charles earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 17.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. The 6-1 wing out of Riverdale Baptist School in Maryland, is a Naismith and Wade Trophy candidate this season. She was a Big Ten All-Freshman choice and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament team in 2016-17.
• Watson, a 6-0 guard out of New Jersey, has produced double figures four times this season after returning from a knee injury that ended her sophomore season for Maryland after starting the first 17 games. Watson averaged 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 2017-18.
• Jones, whose sister Brionna also starred at Maryland (2014-17), is in her second season in the Terp starting five. Last season, she averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. The 6-2 forward from Havre de Grace, Md., owns a pair of double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 11 times.
• The Terps also showcase a pair of impact freshman starters in guard Taylor Mikesell (14.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and 6-5 forward Shakira Austin (9.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg). Austin was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American who was ranked as the No. 3 overall player in the nation coming out of high school at Riverdale Baptist - the same school as Kaila Charles. Mikesell was an honorable-mention WBCA All-American in high school and ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the country by ESPN.
• Austin is a four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She owns five double-doubles, including 12 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Coppin State (Nov. 9). She had 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks at Delaware (Dec. 20). Austin ranks second in the Big Ten with 41 blocks on the year. She has averaged 3.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game early in Big Ten play.
• Mikesell, a 5-11 guard, has proven herself as one of the Big Ten’s best shooters by knocking down 43-of-104 threes (.413) early in the season. She has added 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
• While all five Maryland starters ranked among the top 35 players in the nation coming out of their respective high school senior classes, the Terps feature even more explosive talent off the bench. Maryland’s lone senior - Brianna Fraser - came out of high school as the No. 12 player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and No. 15 by ESPN. She is averaging 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in just 17.5 minutes per game off the bench. She averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 boards off the bench a year ago and has played in 113 games for the Terps with just three starts in her career.
• Channise Lewis, a 5-8 sophomore who started 32 games at point guard last year and added 10 starts ahead of Mikesell early this season, was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by ESPN coming out of Miami Country Day High School. She is averaging 3.1 points and a team-best 5.1 assists this season. Lewis had a double-double early this season with 10 points and 12 assists in a win over nationally ranked South Carolina.
• As a team, Maryland is averaging 77.0 points per game while allowing just 55.4 points per contest. The Terps own a plus-14.5 team rebound margin, but a minus-0.4 turnover margin. Maryland is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, including an impressive 35.6 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent at the free throw line.
• Prior to their 73-65 loss to Rutgers (Dec. 31), the Terps owned a plus-17 rebound margin (48.8-31.8) but were out-rebounded by the Scarlet Knights, 38-28, including 19 offensive boards by Rutgers.
Nebraska vs. Maryland Series History
• Maryland leads the all-time series with Nebraska 9-0, including three wins over the Huskers in 2017-18.
• The No. 11 Terrapins defeated the Huskers 64-57 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 4, 2018, in a battle of the Big Ten’s top two teams at the time. To that point in the series, it was the closest the Huskers had ever played the Terps. Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with 18 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting off the bench, while Kaila Charles led Maryland with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
• Three weeks later, Nebraska took No. 13 Maryland to the wire at the Xfinity Center in College Park before falling 77-75. The Huskers trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before rallying to take a 75-74 lead with 48 seconds left. Hannah Whitish led Nebraska with 14 points, including four three-pointers. She also got a good look at a three-pointer from the right wing to win in the closing seconds that caught back iron. Kaila Charles led Maryland with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
• One week later, No. 17 Maryland eliminated Nebraska from the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 66-53 win in Indianapolis. Brianna Fraser led Maryland with 18 points off the bench while Kaila Charles added 14 points and seven boards.
• Nebraska’s first meeting with Maryland came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament second round in College Park - a 76-64 Maryland win. NU is 0-7 against the Terps as Big Ten foes.




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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team returned to the court last week for a scrimmage against Colby Community College and look to improve on a pre-holiday record of 6-7 as they chase the other six teams in the Region IX South Division.

At the break, North Platte is 9-1, Otero Junior College 11-2, Trinidad is 12-2, Western Nebraska is 12-4, Lamar Community College 10-6 and Northeastern Junior College is 8-7.

The Indians will start division play with four games on the road this month – a month with only two home games on the slate.

“I am super excited to see how we respond to the second semester schedule,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “We have had a solid first few days back from Christmas Break, and we seem hungry!”

The Indians begin official play Thursday at Seward taking on the Concordia JV team then return of the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Jan. 15 for a 5 p.m. contest with Air Force Prep. Then comes division road games at Otero Jan. 18, Trinidad Jan. 19, Western Nebraska Jan. 22 and Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.

MCC’s only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.

The good news is a home-heavy February schedule with six straight games at home between Feb. 5 -- when Western Nebraska comes to town – and Feb. 16 when Otero Junior College makes a visit. The final home game is Feb. 23 against Lamar. Also on the slate are back-to-back games with Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponents Southeast CC (Feb. 10) and Central Community College Feb. 11).

Statistically, the MCC men have the third best offense among Region IX South teams averaging 89.8 points per game. Through 13 games the Indians are shooting 45.9 percent from the field, lowest among the seven teams in the South division. From the 3-point line, MCC has made 37.3 percent of 330 shots taken – third in the division and is shooting 72.1 percent from the free-throw line, also third best in the division. At 43.2 rebounds per game MCC ranks second, and the 14.0 offensive boards per game ties the Indians for the division lead with Lamar Community College.

On the defensive side the Indians are yielding 81.9 points per game which is fifth most among the seven division teams.

Individually, sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) leads the Indians in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game, 10th best among players in the division. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) is averaging 12.7 points per game. Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) is the only other player averaging double-figures at 10.0 points per game.

Cunningham also leads the Indians in rebounding with 6.1 per game – ninth best in the division. Freshman Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.) is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game

Redshirt freshman Avanthony Banks ranks sixth in the division in 3-point shooting. He’s made 48.3 percent of his 60 attempts on the season.

Cunningham has been credited with 26 steals, the third most in the division.

You can stay up to date with all the latest news by visiting the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site at:

https://mccindians.com/schedule.aspx?tab=schedule2&path=mbball





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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.

The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.

The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.

On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.

Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.





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Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.

Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.

Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).

His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.

With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.

Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.





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The McCook Community College Lady Indians begin second-half play tonight with a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at home against 5-8 Southeast Community College. The game starts at 6 p.m. It is the first of only two home games in January.

Coach Kellen Fernetti’s squad posted a 10-4 mark through the first two months of the season and has posted the most wins before break since the 2015-2016 team that went 13-1 in the first half and finished with a 29-4 mark.

"I am definitely looking forward to the second half of the season,” said MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti. “We have played competitive basketball to date, and since our return from break our spirit and energy has been really good. The girls are excited to be back on campus and working hard.”

The Lady Indians are averaging 88.6 points per game – second behind Western Nebraska’s 92.5 in the Region IX south division. Kellen Fernetti’s squad has taken 141 more shots (1,126) than any of the six teams in the division but are only connecting 39.2 percent of the time (next to last among the six teams.) MCC also leads the division in rebounding, averaging 47.1 per game.

On the defensive side MCC gives up an average of 65.9 points per game and lead the division with 13 steals per game.

“Defensively, we need to tighten up some things, rotation and communication-wise, to be better moving forward,” Fernetti said.

Western Nebraska sits atop the Region IX Division 1 South Field with a 12-2 overall mark, MCC follows at 10-4, Otero Junior College is 9-5, Trinidad State is 8-6, Northeaster Junior College is 7-4 and Lamar Community College is 2-14.

Region IX Division play begins Jan. 18 as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.

“We know the challenges ahead of us will be tough, with 15 of our 16 games Region IX or NCCAC contests,” Fernetti said. “Each game we have to show up with our best effort and best focus to be successful.”

MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

Statistically, sophomore guard Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC in scoring at 16.1 points game – fourth best in the division. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Rifle, Colo.) is averaging 13.6 points a game, freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) averages 11.8, sophomore, Anna Sanjuan (Reus, Spain) is averaging 10.9 and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 10.4 points per game.

Three Lady Indians are in the top 10 in rebounding with Bodette averaging 9.6 per game which is second most in the division. Freshman Lena Goerke, (Hamburg, Germany) averages 7.3 rebounds per game (fifth in the division) and Hinkle’s 6.4 boards per game ranks seventh.

Sophomore Makayla Jones paces MCC in field-goal percentage making 46.7 percent of her shots with Bodette right behind her at 46.6 percent. Those totals rank ninth and 10th in the division.

Three more Lady Indians are in the top 10 in 3-point shooting. Cross is making 34.1 percent of her attempts from distance, Tiles is shooting 32 percent and Sanjuan at 31.6 percent.

Cross and Hinkle are tied for fourth in the division in free-throw shooting, each at 80 percent. Cross has taken 60 shots from the line while Hinkle has been there 35 times.

“I have really liked our effort and our togetherness, and if we continue to do that, we have a chance to be successful this second semester,” Fernetti said.

You can stay up to date with all the latest Lady Indian basketball news and all MCC sports by visiting the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site at:

https://mccindians.com/schedule.aspx?tab=schedule2&path=mbball





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Kearney. Neb. – The top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling finished in third place at the 2019 Division II National Duals Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
 
The two-day, double elimination tournament was part of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals.  
 
Seeded fourth in this tournament, UNK lost to top second-ranked and top-seeded St. Cloud State by a 22-15 score Saturday morning. The Huskies whipped Notre Dame (Ohio) College 35-6 in the finals to win this event for a third straight year and push its dual winning streak to 39 in a row.
 
In the afternoon, the Lopers bested fifth-ranked McKendree (IL), 23-17, to finish third for the second year in a row. 
 
SCSU, which has won three of the last four national titles, took three matches by a single point to stave off UNK’s upset bid. Top-ranked Brett Velasquez used riding time to nip second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.), 5-4, at 125 pounds with Garrett Aldrich having three takedowns and a reversal to get past fourth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln S.E.) 8-7 two classes higher. Finally, St. Cloud moved ahead 9-3 after third-ranked James Pleski took down senior Nick Babcock (Broomfield, Colo.) with two seconds left to win 3-2 at 149 pounds.
 
Top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) used an escape and penalty point to narrowly get past fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick, 2-1, at 165 pounds with top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) having an 11-3 major at 157 pounds. Finally, fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) had a fall early in the second period to close out the scoring which featured each team docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
UNK bounced back in the afternoon against McKendree by taking five of the first six matches. Babcock upset another ranked individual, this time No. 6 Isaiah Kemper, by having a takedown and two escapes to win 5-4.  Next, Malcom had two takedowns and riding time to best ninth-ranked Nate Smalling, 5-2, while Ochs had a fall in 3:00. Finally, Hinrichs had a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win 3-1 and close out the long weekend.
 
The Lopers head to Colorado School of Mines next Friday for a dual with the Orediggers.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Senior center Jakob Lowrance had a double double and graduate transfer Jafar Kinsey scored a game-high 21 points to help Central Missouri rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 62-58, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.

Finally getting healthy, the Mules (9-4, 2-2) have won five in a row and beat the Lopers (5-8, 0-4) in overtime for a second consecutive year. UNK's last five losses this year have come by a total of only 17 points. 

In a game where both teams shot under 37% from the field, UNK got down 12-5 six minutes in but hung around and trailed by just one at the break. A three from Iowa senior forward Kyle Juhl put the Lopers up 47-42 with 8:05 to play. However, UCM closed regulation on a 10-5 run to force another five minutes.

UNK never trailed in the final eight minutes of regulation with Aurora freshman Henry Penner grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled with 16 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to put Kearney up 52-50 but Kinsey converted a layup soon after. The shot actually never went through the hoop as the Lopers were called for goaltending. A long three attempt by Texas junior guard Chase Winchester didn't fall as time expired.

The Lopers finished the night 9 of 17 from the line with four of the misses coming in the final eight minutes of regulation. Two of the misses came on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. 

Lowrance (6-8, 255 lbs.) scored the first two buckets in overtime to put UCM ahead for good. A dunk from Minnesota sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath made the score 60-58 at the seven second mark but the Mules got the ball in and then converted both free throws. Overall they went 16 of 24 at the line. 

Kinsey (6-3, 200 lbs.), who previously was at Division I North Dakota, reached his point total by going 7 of 15 (3 of 7 threes) from the field and sinking four free throws. He also had seven rebounds and two assists while going all 40 minutes. Next, Lowrance had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his sixth appearance of the year.

Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had his fourth double double (16 points & 11 rebounds) of the year to lead the Lopers. He also had a game-high four blocks and logged 39 minutes. Finally, Juhl never came off the court and ended up with 11 points, nine rebounds, a block and three of UNK's five made triples.

UNK hosts Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State next weekend.




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Kearney, Neb. – Four starters scored in double figures to help 15th-ranked Central Missouri pull away from Nebraska-Kearney, 64-47, Saturday afternoon in Warrensburg.

With the effort, the defending national champions bounce back from a Thursday night loss to No. 5 Fort Hays State. The Jennies are now 9-3 (2-2) including a 3-1 home record.

UNK (8-5, 1-3) hung around most of the day thanks to a combined 28 points from sophomore starting guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) and freshman reserve post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn). However, after trimming a 40-27 deficit to four by the end of the third quarter, UNK went cold and was just 4 of 15 (0 of 3 threes) from the field in the fourth. UCM made 8 of its 13 shots to win this 10 minute span by a 19-8 margin.

The Jennies bombed away all day, sinking 10 of 27 three pointers, and also had a plus nine rebounding margin, 40-31. The balanced attack featured 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists from Morgan Fleming and 11 points, nine assists and five boards from Paige Redmond. Finally, six different Jennies made at least one triple.

Making 3 of 11 threes and going 2 of 7 at the line, UNK was once again led by Carlson as she had 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting. She also had three rebounds and two blocks over 27 minutes. Next, Sanger had 12 thanks to 6 of 9 shooting with freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) grabbing a team-best nine rebounds, having three assists and a bucket.

The Lopers host No. 27 Central Oklahoma (11-3, 2-2) next Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center. The Bronchos were stunned at home by NW Missouri State today, 51-47.




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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kamar Baldwin scored a season-high 28 points and Butler defeated Creighton 84-69 on Saturday to end a two-game skid.
Baldwin was 11-of-18 shooting with three 3-pointers and seven assists before leaving with 1:44 remaining after he was inadvertently struck in the face by Creighton's Damien Jefferson going for a rebound.
Joey Brunk, a 6-foot-11 sophomore making his first start, added 13 points and Nate Fowler had three 3-pointers and 11 points for the Bulldogs (10-5, 1-1 Big East), who improved to 8-1 at home after shooting 51 percent.
Martin Krampelj had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Jays (10-5), who had a three-game win streak snapped after shooting just 26 percent from the arc (7 of 27) and being outscored 40-28 in the paint. Mitch Ballock added 13 points and Davion Mintz 10.
Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, was just 1 of 10 from the arc, 3 of 13 overall and finished with nine points.




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Arthur County 59, Brady 43
Ashland-Greenwood 57, Fort Calhoun 50
Auburn 67, Nebraska City 49
Axtell 67, Alma 48
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 43, West Point-Beemer 33
Bayard 49, Gordon/Rushville 32
Bennington 73, Blair 53
Bloomfield 63, Elgin Public/Pope John 40
Boyd County 60, Santee 19
Bridgeport 52, Hershey 46
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Nebraska Lutheran 26
Cedar Bluffs 56, Dorchester 44
Centennial 69, Raymond Central 28
Chadron 62, Mitchell 48
Chase County 53, Kimball 29
Conestoga 72, Pawnee City 53
Cozad 55, North Platte St. Patrick's 48
Creek Valley 60, Minatare 33
Cross County 51, Heartland 49
Deshler 61, Thayer Central 37
Edgemont, S.D. 59, Sioux County 33
Edgemont, S.D. 59, Sioux County 33
Elkhorn Mount Michael 68, Schuyler 23
Elm Creek 62, Wilcox-Hildreth 55
Fillmore Central 55, Superior 44
Freeman 68, Friend 14
Gothenburg 56, Centura 54
Grand Island 56, Lincoln Southwest 55
Grand Island Central Catholic 59, Doniphan-Trumbull 40
Hartington Cedar Catholic 69, Nebraska City Lourdes 47
Hastings 49, Lexington 48
Hay Springs 72, Leyton 61
Howells/Dodge 63, Plainview 42
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Burwell 51
Johnson-Brock 71, Weeping Water 40
Kearney 72, Lincoln Southeast 68
Kearney Catholic 54, Holdrege 29
Kenesaw 63, Harvard 28
Lincoln Christian 55, Hastings St. Cecilia 38
Lincoln High 69, North Platte 58
Lincoln North Star 74, Lincoln Northeast 44
Lincoln Pius X 76, Millard North 65
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49, Stanton 36
Loomis 69, Arapahoe 64
Maywood-Hayes Center def. McPherson County, forfeit
McCook 46, Sidney 33
Milford 59, David City 36
Mound City, Mo. 68, Falls City Sacred Heart 56
Mullen 70, Wallace 48
Neligh-Oakdale 58, Stuart 43
Newcastle, Wyo. 73, Gering 66
Norfolk 79, South Sioux City 39
Omaha Benson 71, Omaha Burke 68
Omaha Bryan 76, Omaha Northwest 56
Omaha Central 80, Omaha Westside 69
Omaha Christian Academy 39, Lewiston 28
Omaha Creighton Prep 66, Millard South 49
Omaha North 76, Elkhorn South 65
Ord 58, CWC 33
Overton 85, Maxwell 61
Papillion-LaVista South 56, Bellevue East 39
Parkview Christian 72, Cornerstone Christian 35
Pierce 40, Norfolk Catholic 37
Pleasanton 56, Twin Loup 17
Red Cloud 53, Elba 8
Savannah, Mo. 55, Plattsmouth 37
Shelby/Rising City 43, Meridian 26
Siouxland Community Christian, Iowa 60, Allen 22
South Loup 62, Bertrand 46
South Platte 61, Potter-Dix 22
St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29, Falls City 26
Sutherland 53, Perkins County 31
Syracuse 38, Louisville 28
Tekamah-Herman 54, Clarkson/Leigh 48
Twin River 65, Madison 58
Wahoo 54, Crete 51
Wauneta-Palisade 78, Southwest 44
Wayne 61, Boone Central/Newman Grove 51
West Holt 44, Elkhorn Valley 43
Wilber-Clatonia 52, Southern 44
York 54, Grand Island Northwest 38
Cheyenne Invitational=
Alliance 67, Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 53
CNOS Foundation Classic=
Omaha Skutt Catholic 68, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 33
Siouxland Christian, Iowa 69, Allen 44
Lutheran Invitational=
Championship=
Lincoln Lutheran 56, Lutheran High Northeast 36
Consolation=
Heartland Lutheran 60, Omaha Concordia 41
Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=
Championship=
Osmond 66, Wausa 42
Consolation=
Niobrara/Verdigre 61, Ewing 52
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 45, St. Paul 31
Anselmo-Merna 35, St. Mary's 25
Ansley-Litchfield 55, Ravenna 51
Arlington 51, Archbishop Bergan 49
Ashland-Greenwood 49, Fort Calhoun 40
Auburn 42, Nebraska City 29
Axtell 51, Alma 40
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 49, West Point-Beemer 33
Bennington 49, Blair 26
Bishop Neumann 51, Columbus Scotus 23
Boone Central/Newman Grove 47, Wayne 41
Boyd County 52, Santee 36
Broken Bow 65, Gibbon 29
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 59, Nebraska Lutheran 32
CWC 61, Ord 41
Centennial 65, Raymond Central 38
Chase County 55, Kimball 45
Clarkson/Leigh 25, Tekamah-Herman 22
Cody-Kilgore 61, Stapleton 16
Cross County 35, Heartland 34
Elgin Public/Pope John 57, Bl




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