Jan 12, 2020 4:37 PM

Husker comeback falls just short at Northwestern

Posted Jan 12, 2020 4:37 PM

By: Husker Athletics

The Nebraska men's basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.

It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.

Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line. Northwestern shot nearly 40 percent overall and tied a season high with 10 3-pointers.

Cam Mack drives in a game earlier this season. File Photo
Cam Mack drives in a game earlier this season. File Photo

Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten Conference games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men's basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.

Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece. Miller Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.

Northwestern used a hot-shooting first half to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats shot better than 51 percent in the half – including hitting 10-of-14 shots at one point – while knocking down 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. Nebraska shot only 30.3 percent in the opening half, and the Huskers were just 2-of-6 at the free throw line.

After Northwestern opened the game with a basket, Nebraska responded with seven straight points – five from Dachon Burke Jr. – to take an early five-point lead. The Huskers remained on top until Pat Spencer hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 Northwestern run that put the Wildcats on top 14-9 six minutes into the game.

The game remained close over the next four minutes before Northwestern went on a 16-1 run that covered more than six minutes. The Wildcats began the run with five quick points to build a seven-point lead, and following a Kavas free throw, Northwestern scored 11 straight points to take a commanding 36-19 lead with 4:26 left in the half. Nebraska missed seven straight shots during the Wildcats' run, going 6:19 without a basket.

Nebraska outscored Northwestern over the final four minutes of the half but still trailed by 15 at the break. The Huskers then came out strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in the opening five minutes to trim the lead to eight at 47-39.

Following the quick second-half start, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots, scoring only five points in a seven-minute stretch. Despite the cold spell, the Huskers trailed only 56-47 with seven minutes to play following a Kavas 3-pointer. As Nebraska's defense kept the Huskers in the game, Kavas and Cross hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Nebraska within six at 60-54 with 2:30 remaining, the closest the Huskers had been since the nine-minute mark of the first half.

Northwestern then missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities before Mack banked in a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made the score 60-57 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Nebraska forced a miss on the Wildcats' ensuing possession but the Huskers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Kopp knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State.

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Jan 12, 2020 4:37 PM
#19 Dixie State tops CSC 88-68
Senior guard Brian Rodriguez-Flores challenges a defender on the baseline Saturday.

By: Con Marshall, CSC Sports Information

CHADRON, Neb. -- January 11, 2020 -- Dixie State used its height and athleticism effectively at both ends of the court while rambling past Chadron State 88-68 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in Chadron on Saturday night.

Now 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the RMAC, the Trailblazers made 15 of 30 field goal attempts and 12 of 14 free throws while building a 47-26 halftime margin that pretty well took away the suspense about the outcome.

CSC Coach Houston Reed commended his Eagles for continuing to play hard in the second half, when they outscored the Utah visitors 42-41, but 12 points was as close as CSC ever got on the scoreboard.

"Early foul trouble hurt our offensive flow, and we struggled at times versus their ball screen coverage," said CSC Head Men's Basketball Coach Houston Reed. "We're proud of how our guys competed in the second half and chipped away at their lead early on. We didn't match up well versus them tonight, and Dixie was better than us."

The Eagles led 9-7 after the first 3:13 had been played. But things turned bleak for the hosts when Dixie State went on an 11-0 run, during which Chadron State's leading scorer, Brian Rodriguez, was forced to the bench when he drew his second and third fouls in a 10-second span.

Brady Delimont broke CSC's scoring drought when he knocked down a pair of three-pointers that were just 44 seconds apart to cut Dixie's lead to 21-15. However, the Eagles managed only two more field goals in the final 12 ½ minutes in the opening half, helping Dixie State to its 21-point intermission lead.

Five Trailblazers finished in double figures. Jacob Nicolds, Andre Wilson and Dason Youngblood all tallied 16 points, Jack Pagenkopf scored 13 and Hunter Schofield added 11.

For the game, Dixie State was 28 of 59 (47.5%) from the field, just six of 21 from long range, but 26 of 30 from the free throw line. The Trailblazers' stats also included a 29-5 bulge in points off turnovers, a 40-14 margin in points in the paint and a 22-11 difference in fast break scoring.

Chadron State hit 18 of 51 shots from the field (35.3%). The latter including an above average 11 of 28 showing from behind the arc, and CSC cashed in on 21 of 29 free shots.

Always the smallest player during the 26 minutes he was on the court, Eagles' point guard Colby Jackson was the game's leading scorer with 21 points, 19 of them in the second half. Both Jackson and Dixie's Nicolds finished 10 of 11 at the charity stripe.

Nicolds also was the game's top rebounder with seven.

Besides Jackson, Rodriguez was CSC's only other double-digit scorer with 14 points. Delimont had nine points on three treys.

Now 3-13 for the season and 2-7 in the RMAC, the Eagles will visit New Mexico Highlands and Colorado State-Pueblo this coming weekend.

Dixie State--Dason Youngblood 16, Andre Wilson 16, Jacob Nicolds 16, Jack Pagenkopf 13, Hunter Schofield 11, Jarod Greene 6, Cameron Chadwin 5, Mark Hatch 3, Lleyton Parker 2. Totals: 28-59 (6-21) 26-30, 88 points, 38 rebounds, 13 turnovers.

Chadron State--Colby Jackson 21, Brian Rodriguez 14, Brady Delimont 9, Michael Sparks 6, Dom Coleman 5, Kenan Gray 5, Andre Sepeda 3, Jacob Jefferson 2, Ernesto Cordova 2, Stephon Bell 1. Totals: 18-51 (11-28) 21-29, 68 points, 33 rebounds, 19 turnovers.

Dixie State 47 41 -----88

Chadron State 26 42 ----68

3-pointers: DSU--Wilson 2, Youngblood 1, Chatwin 1, Hatch 1, Pangkopf 1. CSC--Jackson 3, Delimont 3, Rodriguez 2, Sparks 2, Coleman 1.