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Riverside, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (3-1) closed its season-opening series with a 7-1 win over UC Riverside at Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday.

Freshman right-hander Colby Gomes, making his pitching debut, went 4.0 scoreless innings and recorded two strikeouts. Senior Matt Waldron threw 5.0 innings of relief and earned seven strikeouts.

Nebraska struck first with one run in the opening frame. Angelo Altavilla hit a one-out single before Mojo Hagge advanced him with a single of his own. Aaron Palensky drove in Altavilla with an RBI single. In the bottom of the first, the Highlanders left two runners on base during a scoreless frame. UC Riverside managed two hits.

Drew Gilin recorded his first career hit in the top of the second, but the Huskers were held scoreless. The Highlanders earned two hits in the bottom of the second, but left a pair of runners stranded.

NU scored two runs in the top of the third to extend its lead to 3-0. Schwellenbach and Hagge each walked before Luke Roskam’s two-RBI single. UC Riverside went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Nebraska went down in order with one strikeout and two flyouts. Riverside managed two hits in the bottom of the fourth, but Roskam threw a laser to second base for an inning-ending pickoff.

Nebraska left one runner on base via walk during a scoreless top of the fifth. UC Riverside went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

All three Husker batters struck out in the top of the sixth. Waldron responded by retiring all three Highlanders he faced in the bottom of the sixth.

Nebraska plated one run to extend its lead to 4-0 in the top of the seventh. Blake Peterson hit a leadoff single and then later scored on Altavilla’s RBI single. Waldron added a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh as he retired all three batters he faced.

In the top of the eighth, Nebraska left two runners on in a scoreless frame. Waldron mowed down the Highlanders 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

The Huskers scored three runs on two hits in the top of the ninth to build a 7-0 lead. Acker doubled in the leadoff spot before Schwellenbach drove him in with a single. Hagge and Palensky also registered RBIs during the inning for the Big Red. UC Riverside scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers return to action next week at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz. NU faces defending national champion Oregon State in a four-game set, beginning on Thursday.





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Lincoln – Behind a big night from Isaiah Roby, the Nebraska men’s basketball team won its second straight game with a 59-50 victory over Northwestern Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Roby filled up the stat sheet while producing his third double-double of the season. He scored a game-high 19 points, pulled down a game- and career-high 16 rebounds, tied his season high with a game-high five blocks and added a pair of assists and two steals. With Nebraska’s offense struggling early in the second half, Roby scored the Huskers’ first 10 points of the period and finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.

In addition to Roby’s performance, James Palmer Jr. chipped in 13 points – his 22nd straight game in double figures – and dished out six assists, one shy of his season high. Glynn Watson Jr. added 12 points and six rebounds. Nebraska shot only 32.8 percent from the field, but the Husker defense had seven blocks and eight steals while forcing 15 Northwestern turnovers. The Wildcats shot only 34.5 percent and were just 5-of-25 from the 3-point line en route to its second-lowest total of the year.

With its second win of the week, Nebraska improved to 15-11 on the year and moved to 5-10 in Big Ten Conference play. Northwestern (12-13, 3-11 Big Ten) was led by a double-double from Dererk Pardon (13 points and 12 rebounds), while Vic Law scored 15 points and Anthony Gaines added 10 points.

Nebraska led for much of the first half, taking a 28-23 lead into the locker room. The teams traded baskets during a hot start, before a 6-0 run gave the Huskers a 14-9 lead eight minutes into the contest. Five straight points from Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes left in the half, but Thomas Allen knocked down a three and Palmer connected on three free throws to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the half at 26-19. The Huskers scored only two points over the final six minutes of the half, but the Husker defense limited the Wildcats to just four points during that stretch.

Roby was the only Husker to score a point in the first eight minutes of the second half, as Northwestern battled back to take the lead. After Roby opened the period with a layup, five quick Wildcat points trimmed the Husker lead to two. Roby answered with a 3-pointer but another 5-0 spurt gave Northwestern a 36-35 advantage with 14:27 left.

After a two-minute scoreless drought, Roby put Nebraska back on top for good with a 3-pointer with 12:08 to play. Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes remaining, but the Huskers put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run. Watson scored the final five points of the run, as his 3-pointer gave Nebraska its largest lead at 53-41 with 3:52 to play.

Despite playing its starting five the entire second half, Nebraska had plenty of energy on the defensive end. The Huskers held Northwestern scoreless for more than five minutes during their 11-0 run. After a Northwestern basket cut the lead to one with 8:18 remaining, the Wildcats did not make another field goal until more than seven minutes later, when a Pardon dunk made the score 55-47 with 1:05 to play, but that was as close as Northwestern would get.

Following a pair of home wins this week, Nebraska hits the road to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1 with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.





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Riverside, Calif. – After a scoreless first four innings for both teams, Nebraska (2-1) scored in each of the last five innings on its way to a 10-6 win over UC Riverside in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at the Riverside Sports Complex.

Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his eighth career start and 40th overall appearance, earned the win in 5.0 scoreless innings and recorded six strikeouts. Paul Tillotson threw 1.1 innings, while Kyle Perry (0.1), Shay Schanaman (0.1), Robbie Palkert (1.1) and Jaxon Hallmark (0.2) each made relief appearances. Hallmark, who made his pitching debut, was also a threat at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs during the second game of the doubleheader.

In the top of the first, NU had one baserunner, but he was caught stealing while the other hitters struck out and flew out. Fisher recorded three strikeouts in the bottom of the first, while allowing one hit.

Aaron Palensky hit a leadoff single in the top of the second, but three consecutive outs left him stranded. Fisher added two strikeouts in the bottom of the second as one Highlander reached on an error, but was left on base.

Both teams went down in order in the third inning. Nebraska went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth despite Palensky smashing one to left field that was caught on the warning track. The Highlanders left one runner on base during a scoreless bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, Nebraska scored the first run of the game to take a 1-0 lead. Cam Chick hit a one-out single before Jaxon Hallmark walked. Carter Cross laced an RBI single that scored Chick. NU left the bases loaded after a strikeout and flyout ended the frame. UC Riverside got a runner to third base, but he remained stranded at the end of the inning.

Nebraska plated three runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 4-0. Palensky drew a one-out walk before Luke Roskam smashed an RBI double. Hallmark also laced an RBI double, while Cross added an RBI single. UC Riverside scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth to cut NU’s lead to 4-1.

Nebraska tacked on one run in the top of the seventh. Schwellenbach drew a leadoff walk before Gunner Hellstrom singled. Schwellenbach scored when Palensky reached on a fielder’s choice. Riverside scored two runs in the seventh to cut the score to 5-3. The Highlanders left the bases loaded when Schanaman struck out the only batter he faced.

In the top of the eighth, the Huskers scored three runs to take an 8-3 lead. Chick reached on an error in the leadoff spot before Hallmark drove him in with an RBI single. Acker, Schwellenbach and Hellstrom also produced hits during the inning. UC Riverside managed a hit and two baserunners, but left both of them stranded in a scoreless frame.

Hallmark blasted a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to give Nebraska a 10-3 lead. The Highlanders managed three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including the first home run of the series. NU committed two errors during the frame.

The Huskers and Highlanders conclude their series on Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. (CT).





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The Otero Junior College women out-scored MCC Saturday 44-24 in the second and fourth quarters to post a south sub-Region IX win in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, winning 68-58.

“You have to tip your cap to Otero and their coaches and players for being the better team,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “I was out-coached tonight. I own this loss and performance as the head coach.”

The Lady Indians came out on all cylinders and posted a 10-point lead midway through the first period and held a 16-8 edge at the end of the first quarter. The Rattlers came back strong in the second quarter outscoring MCC 24-13 en route to a 32-29 lead at the half. The Lady Indians cut it to a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter, 48-47, but it was the Rattlers who came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth period, taking a 16-point lead with 1:12 to play before MCC cut the game to 10 points.

“Otero executed on both sides of the ball better than us,” Fernetti said.

The Rattlers shot 44.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent on 12 shots from the 3-point line, made six of 13 free throws (46.2 percent).

“We had a hard time getting offense going today,” Fernetti said. It was a struggle shooting.”

The Lady Indians shot 30.6 from the field, 12.0 percent on 25 3-point shots, and 11 of 20 free throws (55.0 percent.

MCC out-rebounded Otero JC 48-45. Both teams turned the ball over 19 times.

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 18 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Parachute, Colo.) scored nine points. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) had nine rebounds and six points. Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) had six points and eight boards.

Otero improves to 14-9 and 3-4 in Region IX South sub-region play.

MCC falls to 16-10 overall 4-5 in the region standings.

“Moving forward, I need to analyze this weekend and do everything possible to make us a better team,” Fernetti said.

The analysis will take place quickly as the Lady Indians travel to Beatrice Monday for a 6 p.m. (women’s only) game at Southeast Community College, followed by Wednesday’s game at North Platte.

On Saturday MCC returns home for a 2 p.m. game with Lamar Community College in which the sophomores will be honored. That is also the day of the Dick Driml Chili Cookoff and Veterans Appreciation Day. MCC will play one final game Feb. 26 at home against Central Community College.

For more photos please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alliance 73, Sidney 29

Alma 65, Arapahoe 58

Ansley-Litchfield 45, Pleasanton 38

Archbishop Bergan 63, West Point-Beemer 46

Ashland-Greenwood 54, Malcolm 49

Auburn 56, Johnson County Central 41

Aurora 72, Holdrege 41

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 80, Pender 34

Battle Creek 63, O'Neill 46

Bayard 59, Hyannis 54

Bellevue West 80, Millard South 49

Bishop Neumann 63, Lincoln Christian 55

Bloomfield 63, Wausa 39

Blue Hill 48, Heartland Lutheran 43

Boone Central/Newman Grove 45, Crofton 43

Boyd County 52, Clearwater/Orchard 46

Broken Bow 72, Minden 52

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 58, Meridian 27

Burwell 62, CWC 33

Cambridge 63, Bertrand 55

Cedar Bluffs 49, Winside 15

Chase County 57, Sutherland 45

Columbus Lakeview 58, Central City 42

Cross County 77, Friend 44

David City 64, Clarkson/Leigh 57

Deshler 45, Lawrence-Nelson 31

Douglas County West 80, Tekamah-Herman 42

Elkhorn Mount Michael 66, Arlington 36

Elm Creek 65, Elwood 29

Elmwood-Murdock 37, Louisville 30

Eustis-Farnam 66, Medicine Valley 48

Exeter/Milligan 48, Dorchester 29

Franklin 49, Red Cloud 34

Freeman 64, Sterling 35

Fullerton 76, Palmer 25

Garden County 67, Leyton 22

Giltner 42, McCool Junction 32

Grand Island 50, Lincoln Pius X 40

Grand Island Central Catholic 50, St. Paul 40

Gretna 48, Norris 37

Guardian Angels 75, Winnebago 57

Hartington Cedar Catholic 55, Norfolk Catholic 53

Hartington-Newcastle 49, Randolph 36

Hastings St. Cecilia 55, Centura 54

Hemingford 66, Crawford 41

High Plains Community 55, Osceola 38

Howells/Dodge 67, Lutheran High Northeast 63

Humphrey St. Francis 43, Twin River 28

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Plainview 29

Johnson-Brock 63, Mead 38

Kearney 75, Millard West 58

Kenesaw 57, Wood River 52

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 80, Wynot 39

Lexington 36, Grand Island Northwest 24

Lincoln High 72, Omaha Westside 63

Lincoln Lutheran 77, Boys Town 54

Lincoln North Star 54, Fremont 42

Loomis 70, Maxwell 44

Milford 66, Syracuse 45

Minatare 68, Potter-Dix 24

Mitchell 67, Kimball 55

Neligh-Oakdale 60, Niobrara/Verdigre 51

Norfolk 58, Lincoln Northeast 42

North Bend Central 65, Fort Calhoun 37

Ogallala 93, Gothenburg 40

Omaha Bryan 57, Omaha Burke 40

Omaha Central 77, Lincoln Southwest 48

Omaha Christian Academy 55, Nebraska Christian 46

Omaha Creighton Prep 74, Papillion-LaVista 44

Omaha Nation 76, Allen 52

Omaha North 49, Lincoln East 47

Omaha Roncalli 43, Elkhorn 35

Osmond 68, Elkhorn Valley 33

Overton 67, Gibbon 60

Palmyra 52, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 45

Papillion-LaVista South 75, Omaha Northwest 54

Paxton 58, North Platte St. Patrick's 45

Platteview 61, Columbus 57

Ponca 75, Creighton 40

Sandy Creek 52, Heartland 42

Schuyler 54, Raymond Central 37

Scottsbluff 66, Gering 53

Shelby/Rising City 71, East Butler 55

Shelton 68, Silver Lake 44

Southern Valley 43, Axtell 39

Southwest 60, Maywood-Hayes Center 42

Spalding Academy 62, St. Edward 42

St. Mary's 76, Elgin Public/Pope John 39

Stanton 45, Emerson-Hubbard 39

Stuart 63, North Central 40

Sutton 77, Superior 29

Wakefield 67, Homer 53

Wallace 62, Creek Valley 49

Wauneta-Palisade 69, Dundy County-Stratton 51

Wayne 54, Pierce 47

West Holt 67, Ewing 28

Wisner-Pilger 83, Madison 53

Yutan 50, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 35

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Ainsworth vs. Cody-Kilgore, ccd.

Bridgeport vs. Perkins County, ccd.

Centennial vs. Wilber-Clatonia, ppd. to Feb 16th.

Central Valley vs. Riverside, ccd.

Conestoga vs. Weeping Water, ccd.

Fairbury vs. Falls City, ppd. to Feb 16th.

Hitchcock County vs. South Platte, ccd.

Kearney Catholic vs. Adams Central, ccd.

Mullen vs. Twin Loup, ccd.

Parkview Christian vs. Diller-Odell, ccd.

Sandhills/Thedford vs. Brady, ccd.

South Loup vs. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, ccd.

Southern vs. Pawnee City, ppd. to Feb 16th.

Tri County vs. Lewiston, ccd.

Walthill vs. Nebraska Lutheran, ccd.

Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Amherst, ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ashland-Greenwood 54, Malcolm 49

Fremont 65, Lincoln North Star 38

Lincoln East 57, Omaha North 42

Lincoln Northeast 62, Norfolk 43

Millard South 76, Bellevue West 51

Millard West 65, Kearney 59

Omaha Burke 61, Omaha Bryan 12

Omaha Central 63, Lincoln Southwest 49

Omaha Westside 58, Lincoln High 55

Papillion-LaVista 64, Omaha Marian 39

Papillion-LaVista South 75, Omaha Northwest 54





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The McCook Community College Men’s basketball team had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but came up short losing at home to Trinidad State Friday 62-59.

“Trinidad just made plays at key times in the game and we didn’t,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.

Trailing 60-59 with 10.7 seconds left in the game, the Indians gained the length of the court but a drive to the rim from freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) failed to fall, and the Trojans made a free-throw with 1.7 seconds left to ice the win.

“This one is a tough one to stomach,” Lenhart said. “Hats off to Trinidad State for grinding it out. This is a tough league night-in, night-out, home or road and they made enough plays to win on the road.”

After Trinidad State took an early six-point lead, neither team was able to pull away, as the game was tied four times in the first half, with two lead changes and no lead bigger than six points. The Trojans took a 31-28 halftime lead and were able to stretch the lead to nine points with four minutes into the second half.

“Trying to find a lift… trying to find energy tonight was tough at times,” Lenhart said. “AV came in and provided a spark at times.”

AV Banks, the redshirt sophomore from Portageville, Mo., went three-for-four from the 3-point line in the second half, including a three with 2:24 remaining in the game to give MCC a 59-58 lead. Banks was four-for-six on the night from the arc and led MCC with 15 points, but that 3-pointer was the final shot to fall for the Indians.

“We took difficult shots and our shooting percentage shows that,” Lenhart said. “We just didn’t play very smart at times.”

For the game MCC shot 33.3 percent from the field, shot 24.0 percent on 17 3-point shots and 69.2 percent on 13 free throws.

Trinidad shot 40.4 percent from the field, 36 percent on 25 3-pointers, and 53.8 percent on 13 free throws.

The Trojans out-rebounded MCC 41-38 and had more turnovers, 22-16.

“We had careless turnovers that being said we still had a chance to tie the game in regulation but couldn’t get it done,” Lenhart said.

Sophomore Amadou Dieye (Senegal) was the only other MCC player in double-figures with 11 points. He tied for team-high rebounds, seven, along with sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) who added nine points.

Trinidad State improves to 16-8 and 3-5.

The Indians fall to 10-15 overall and 2-7 in South Sub-Region play.

MCC returns to the court at 4 p.m. Saturday to continue region play hosting Otero Junior College. The Indians wrap up region play with two games this week going to North Platte Wednesday and at home Saturday against Lamar Community College. The final game of the season will be a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at home against Central Community College Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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The McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team picked up a Region IX South Sub-Region win Friday night 68-57 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“Tonight was a grinder of a game,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We kept playing and battling and found a way to get some points on the board in the second half that propelled us to the win.”

The Lady Indians were averaging 85.9 points per contest and after enjoying a 16-9 first quarter lead only led 28-24 at the half. While the Trojans held MCC to 22 points under their scoring average, the coach was extremely pleased with his defense.

“Our defense may have been the best it's been all year,” Fernetti said. “We really guarded hard for 40 minutes. Our press was effective and we got some turnovers in the second half that helped us.”

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led all scorers with 24 points and made it a double-double by picking up 10 rebounds. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) also had a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Parachute, Colo.) scored 14 points and snagged six rebounds.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but Hailey Tiles, Makenna Bodette and Sam Hinkle scored well for us tonight,” Fernetti said. “Sometimes you have to find a way when the shots don’t fall and tonight we did.”

MCC shot 35.2 percent from the game, 22.2 percent from the 3-point line (six-for-27), and made 12 of 18 free-throw shots (66.7 percent). Trinidad shot 27.8 percent from the field, 17.9 percent from the 3-point line and 12 of 18 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent.) MCC out-rebounded the Trojans 51-44.

Trinidad falls to 12-11 on the season, and 3-4 in South Sub-region

MCC improves to 16-9 overall 4-4 in the region standings.

The Lady Indians are back at it Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Otero Junior College at home.

“This sets up a huge game vs Otero here at home and we will be excited for it,” Fernetti said.

After Saturday, the Lady Indians travel to Beatrice Monday for a 6 p.m. (women’s only) game at Southeast Community College, followed by Wednesday’s game at North Platte and then back home Saturday for a 2 p.m. game with Lamar Community College in which the sophomores will be honored. That is also the day of the Dick Driml Chili Cookoff and Veterans Appreciation Day.

For more photos please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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McCook, NE - The McCook boys basketball team would host Cozad on Thursday night for the final home game of the year and close out the regular season. The Bison would suffer a loss to the Haymakers, 53-45. The first half would be close as Cozad would lead 12-11 after the first quarter. McCook would score 11 points in the 2nd quarter to take a one point lead into the locker room, 22-21. The Haymakers would turn it up in the third quarter outscoring McCook 20-9 to take a 41-31 lead after three. McCook would fall short in the fourth only scoring 14 points to Cozad's 12. The Bison record going to the post-season is now 8-11. Cozad is with the win is 18-5. Haymakers will play Chase County Monday night to start post-season play, McCook will travel to Lexington Monday night to take on Holdrege for the the second time this season. Tip off is set for 7:45pm. Listen live on The Zone 93.9 & thezone939.com. 

Individual scoring for McCook 
Mockery 2, Sehnert 6, Gross 10, Dugger 16, Bunger 4, Burket 3, Rakes 2, Fawver 2 




Jeremy Yilk after Cozad

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Kearney, Neb. – Forward Maegan Holt scored a school freshman record of 31 points and freshman forward Shiloh McCool recorded her fourth double double of the year to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Lincoln, 72-59, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (14-9, 7-7) is now 11-3 at home and remains in a seventh place tie in the MIAA standings while the Blue Tigers drop to 10-13 (2-12).

The Lopers led for the last 34 minutes and by as many as 19 points before LU made a move late in the fourth quarter. However, McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) took a pass down low and then kicked it out to Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) who promptly knocked down her third and final three of the game. That made it 55-44 with 3:28 and LU didn't get the deficit under 10 points the rest of the way.

Averaging 12 made free throws per game coming in, UNK was 15 of 24 at the line in the fourth quarter alone to put the icing on the cake. The overall 23 of 39 effort is one of the Lopers busiest nights at the line this year. Seven different Lopers made at least one freebie with LU going 13 of 17 on its end of the court.

"We did a good job of taking away the things they do well. Team defense wise, we did a good job of helping out on a couple of their better players that we knew they would try and establish early," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey. "We're going to have to continue to guard well moving forward."

Holt entered tonight as Kearney's third leading scorer (8.4). She recorded the 45th 30-point game in school history by going an efficient 10 of 13 from the field (3 of 4 threes) and 8 of 13 at the line. Holt had 20 points in the second half and fell a rebound short of her first collegiate double double. The nine rebounds (four offensive) are a season-high.

While there is no official UNK freshman record for points in a game, the previous 44 efforts of at least 30 points were all done by players with at least one year under their belt.

Next, McCool had 11 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) with sophomore guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) adding 12 points and three assists. Defensively, UNK forced LU senior star Zhanesha Dickerson to take 26 shots to reach her team-high 22 points. She also had nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 39 minutes.

"They do a good job of dictating pace and we had several empty possessions in a row late in the third quarter and early in the fourth. We turned the ball over a couple of times and number 32 (Dickerson) can really stroke it," said Eighmey. "Even though she had 22 points I thought we did a really good job on her."

Also for Lincoln, senior post Bre Coleman had a double double (17 points and 12 rebounds) with junior guard Kaloni Pryear at 15 points.

UNK hosts 25th-ranked Lindenwood on Saturday. The Lions (16-5, 10-4) lost to No. 4 Fort Hays State tonight, 77-52.




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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman Kanon Koster scored a team-high 26 points and Nebraska-Kearney took advantage of 23 turnovers and 10 offensive rebounds to upset Lincoln, 75-67, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The Lopers have won two in a row and three of four to improve to 9-14 (4-10). Amazingly, UNK has now been involved in 17 games decided by 10 points or less. On the other side of the court, the Blue Tigers fall to 16-7 (9-5) and to 6-3 on the road.

Behind 20 points from senior forward Terrance Smith, LU led most of the first half and by a 32-27 score the break. UNK hung around thanks to five o-boards, leading to eight points, and 10 Blue Tiger turnovers that turned into five more points.

Lincoln coughed up the ball six more times to start the second half, helping UNK go on a 13-7 run. The Blue Tigers briefly regained the lead at 41-40 but then a Koster layup, followed by a three from Alliance sophomore Austin Luger, put the Lopers up for good.

"I think our offense worked together tonight. Kanon wasn't doing a bunch of isolation to get his points. I thought it was out of the flow … we were getting ball reversals and had some really good assists there," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Kanon had one late to AJ. That's the kind of play that makes you think the guys might be jelling a little bit.”

A three-point play by Bellevue junior AJ Jackson made it 64-52 with 4:15 to play but the Blue Tigers had one last run in them. A steal and dunk by junior guard Jonell Burton cut it to a four-point deficit, 71-67, with 40 seconds remaining. UNK handled the press and went 4 of 6 at the line to seal the deal.

Both teams made 26 field goals and seven threes. UNK got off 16 more shot attempts thanks to those 23 turnovers with Lincoln, normally a 77 percent free throw shooting team, going 8 of 14 at the line. Finally, Kearney ended up with 17 second chance points and 18 points off turnovers.

Individually, Koster went 9 of 14 (2 of 4 threes) from the field and 6 of 7 at the line to reach his point total. This is his fourth game of at least 25 points this season. Next, Iowa junior Kyle Juhl (11) and Texas junior Chase Winchester (nine) also sunk two threes apiece to combine for 20 points with Minnesota sophomore forward Weston Baker Magrath supplying eight points and six caroms. He had most of his production in the first half to keep UNK in it.

For Lincoln, Smith ended up with 30 points on 11 of 17 (3 of 5 threes) shooting. Going 5 of 8 at the line, he also had five rebounds, two dimes, a block and steal over 34 minutes. Burton (14) and reserve Amariontez Ivory (10) were the other Blue Tigers in double figures. Ivory came in averaging 14 points per game but didn't start for the first time this winter. He had 33 points in a win over UNK last February.

UNK hosts Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (12-14, 5-9) upset Fort Hays State tonight, 73-67.
 




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