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Illinois Stops Husker Win Streak

Champaign, Ill. - Isaac Copeland scored 17 points to pace three Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska could not overcome Illinois' hot-shooting first half and Leron Black's career day, as the Huskers fell 72-66 on Sunday at the State Farm Center, putting a stop to a six-game winning streak.

Illinois closed the game on a 14-5 run over the final six minutes, as the Huskers drop to 20-9 on the season and 11-5 in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers remain in fourth place in the league, tied with Michigan after the Wolverines defeated Ohio State earlier Sunday. Nebraska holds the tiebreaker over Michigan to determine seeding in the conference tournament, as the Huskers defeated the Wolverines in January. Illinois improves to 13-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten.

Isaiah Roby recorded his third-consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while James Palmer Jr. had 13 tallies, as he has scored in double-figures in 27 of Nebraska's 29 games this season.

Trailing 43-36 at halftime after allowing Illinois 62 percent shooting in the first half, Nebraska turned to a 2-3 zone defense and started the second half on a 16-4 run to grab a 52-47 lead with 14 minutes to play. Out of the break, an 8-2 run capped by a Palmer three brought NU to within one at 45-44, as Illinois missed its first five shots from the field. An Anton Gill three tied the game up at 47 a piece, before Copeland gave NU its first lead since the opening minutes of the game, as he hit a triple to put the Huskers up 50-47.

Illinois would not go away, as a 6-0 run capped by a Mark Smith three gave the lead back to Illinois, before a Trent Frazier triple put Illinois on top 56-54. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, with neither team leading by more than three points over the final 10 minutes until Frazier's free throw with 25.4 seconds left. The second half featured six ties and eight lead changes.

Nebraska went nearly six minutes without a field goal until Palmer's basket brought Nebraska to within two at 68-66 with 20 seconds left, but Frazier and Smith iced the game for the Illini with free throws in the final seconds.

Nebraska found itself facing an early deficit as Illinois went on an 11-0 run before the first media timeout. After a Copeland 3-pointer, Nebraska missed its next five shots, while Illinois hit five straight after missing its first two to open the game. Black scored seven consecutive points to put the Illini ahead 11-3, before a Roby basket ended the run.

Roby scored the next five NU points, while four-consecutive points from Palmer brought the Huskers to within two at 16-14. Evan Taylor tallied five straight for NU, but Black scored 10 of Illinois' next 12 points to give the Illini a 28-22 lead, before a Kipper Nichols triple forced a Nebraska timeout at 31-22 with 7:33 left in the half.

Illinois led by as many as 11 at 33-22 just after the seven-minute mark, before NU went on a 9-2 run capped by Roby's third 3-pointer of the half to bring the Huskers within four at 35-31 with under three minutes to play. The Illini kept applying the pressure on the offensive end, however, and led by 10 at 43-33 before Gill's first basket of the game, a 3-pointer from the corner, cut the lead to 43-36 at halftime. The Illini shot a blistering 62 percent from the field and made 7 of 9 from downtown in the half, as Black led the way with 17 points, while Nichols had 12. Roby paced Nebraska in the opening stanza with 13 points, five boards and three blocks, while Copeland had nine points at the break.

For the game, Black led Illinois with a career-high 28 points, while Frazier and Nichols both added 12, though Nichols did not score in the second half. Illinois held a 38-29 advantage on the boards, and shot 43.5 percent from the field for the game, but the Huskers did limit the Illini to just 27 percent in the second half.

Nebraska will return to Lincoln for the first of a two-game regular-season-ending homestand on Tuesday, as the Huskers welcome surging Indiana to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., and a very limited number of tickets are available at Huskers.com/Tickets, or by calling the Nebraska ticket office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. The game will be bradcast on BTN and can be heard around the world on the Husker Sports Network.


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Indians unable to close out Labette CC in series finale, lose 14-13

PARSONS, Kan. – The McCook Community College Indian baseball team dropped the final game Sunday of a three-game weekend set to Labette Community College

 

The Indians scored in every inning but the second and had a 12-5 lead going into the bottom of the eighth but the Cardinals scored nine runs. The Indians came back with a run in the ninth and loaded the bases but left the tying run at third base.

 

MCC scored four runs in the first with Jack Sanford’s (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) RBI-single and a Dalton Bartling (Ashland, Neb.) delivering a two-run home run.

 

The Indians took a 6-2 lead in the third. Dylan White (Las Vegas, Nevada) doubled to lead off the third and MCC took a 6-2 lead. Tanner Ziggil (Stagner, Ontario) singled MCC scored on a couple fielder’s choice plays.

 

MCC scored single runs in the fourth, fifth thanks to leadoff walks. Jake Sanford’s leadoff double in the sixth led to a Bartling sacrifice fly and made it a 9-3 Indians lead.

 

A leadoff single in the seventh by Micahel Sookedo and a walk led to a pair of runs on a passed ball and an error. Back-to-back leadoff singles by White and Ziggil led to an eighth-inning run and the 12-5 lead.

 

A Labette leadoff home run in the eighth started a string of nine straight Cardinals reaching base – four on extra-base hits, three on MCC errors, and one walk.

 

MCC sent seven men to the plate in the ninth, scored one run but left the bases loaded to end the game.

 

Sanford collected four hits, doubled twice, walked twice and drove in two. White went three-for-six with a double. Zeggil was three-for-four with a double.

 

Connor McGonigal (Omaha) started the game for MCC and went six and one-third innings, Ryan Marstiller (Centennial, Colo.) and Micah Dorsey (Greeley, Colo.) pitched the seventh and eighth.

 

MCC won both games of a doubleheader against Labette Saturday winning 8-5 in 10 innings in the first game and 7-4 in the second game.

 

The Indians (2-3) are scheduled to take on Colby Community College Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Jaycee Sports Complex and stay at home for a Thursday game with the Hastings College JV at 2 p.m. MCC is also scheduled to host Northeast Community College (Norfolk) Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

 

To keep up to date on all MCC sports schedules and roster please visit the McCook Community College Athletics Page at http://mccindians.com and for all things MCC, please visit and like the McCook Community College Facebook page.


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Huskers Top Cougars to Finish 3-1 Weekend

Tempe, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (3-1) opened its season by winning three of its first four games after a 5-3 victory over Washington State at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Warren made his first start at Nebraska and went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs and struck out four Cougars. Robbie Palkert earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings. Matt Waldron added 1.1 innings, while Jake Hohensee notched his first save in 1.0 inning of work.

After giving up one run in the first inning, the Huskers responded with one run of its own in the top of the second when Jesse Wilkening homered to left field. In the third inning, the Cougars took a one-run lead again, but the Huskers responded with one run in the top of the fourth. Following back-to-back hit-by-pitches, a sacrifice bunt by Jaxon Hallmark advanced the runners to second and third. Zac Repinski scored on a Ben Klenke groundout in the following at-bat.

Nebraska scored two runs in the seventh inning and one run in the ninth inning. Angelo Altavilla drew a leadoff walk and scored after Mojo Hagge reached on a throwing error, which advanced Hagge to third. Hagge scored two at-bats later when Wilkening hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Washington State cut the lead to 4-3 after eight innings, but Scott Schreiber hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Hohensee retired all three Cougars he faced in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers return to Arizona next week when they visit Surprise, Ariz., for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. NU has two games against Oregon State and two games against Utah from Thursday to Sunday.


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Indians sweep Labette CC to even season at 2-2

PARSONS, Kan. – The McCook Community College Indian baseball team picked up its first win of the season in extra-innings, then won the second game to sweep Labette Community College. MCC won the first game 8-5 in 10 innings and won the second game 7-4.

 

GAME 1 - MCC 8, Labette CC 5 (10 innings): MCC’s Michael Sookdeo (Brampton, Ontario) put a solo home run on the board in the top of the first and the Indians added two runs in the second keyed by an Angel Mojica (Denver) double.

 

MCC held the 3-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth when the Cardinals manufactured a run on a pair of walks, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

 

The Indians came back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Chris Bellemere (Grande-Carriere, Quebec) singled in front of Jason Hill (Surrey, British Columbia) who hit a two-run homer to push the lead to 5-1 but Labette tied the game with four unearned runs on a two-out rally to send the game into extra innings.

 

Hill delivered a double to key a three-run 10th inning and the bullpen pitched scoreless ball over the final three innings to

 

Jacob Lombardelli (Windsor, Colo.) started the game and yielded to Tyler Cox (Mississauga, Ontario) who picked up the win in relief.

 

GAME 2 – MCC 7, Labette CC 4: Again the Indians jumped out to an early lead thanks to a Dalton Bartling’s (Ashland, Neb) three-run home run. MCC added a pair in the second after a Hill double and singles from Mojica and Jake Sanford (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia).

 

Mathew Tremblay (Saint-Charles, Quebec) joined the home run parade with a two-run shot in the third to give MCC a 7-0 lead until a two-run home by Labette’s Landon Lord made in a 7-2 game.

 

Jesse Bloom (Centennial, Colo.) went the distance on the mound to pick up the win.

 

MCC will finish the three-game series Sunday with a 1 p.m. game.

 

The Indians (2-2) are scheduled to take on Colby Community College Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Jaycee Sports Complex and stay at home for a Thursdaygame with the Hastings College JV at 2 p.m. MCC is also scheduled to host Northeast Community College (Norfolk) Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

 

To keep up to date on all MCC sports schedules and roster please visit the McCook Community College Athletics Page at http://mccindians.com and for all things MCC, please visit and like the McCook Community College Facebook page.


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NJC downs Indians 87-83

STERLING, Colo. – The McCook Community College men dropped a Region IX road contest Friday to Northeastern Junior College 87-83.

 

MCC fell behind by 10 points a couple times in the first half and trailed at intermission 44-37.

 

The Indians chipped away at the deficit and a Chuol Biel dunk at the 17:16 mark tied the game at 46-46. Another Biel dunk 40 seconds later tied the game at 48-48.

 

NJC went up 81-68 with 4:44 left in the game but MCC scored the game’s next 12 points over a span of 4:28 to close the game to 81-80 with 16 seconds left to play.

 

The Plainsmen iced the win from the line with four free-throws by Jalen Guidry to put NJC up 85-80 with 11 seconds left.

 

A Biel 3-pointer with :06 seconds left brought the Indians within two at 85-83, but an MCC foul and two more free throws gave NJC the final margin of victory.

 

D’Von Moore (Statesboro, Ga.) led the Indians with 21 points and five assists. Junior Cunningham (Louisville, Kent) had 13 points. Sophomore Shevelle Bailey (Titusville, Fla.) had 11 points off the bench to go along with eight rebounds. Andrew Epps II (Lafayette, L.A.); had seven points and nine rebounds.

 

Isaiah Richardson, (Queensland, Australia) and Alassane Seck (Dakar, Senegal) both had six points off the bench.

 

MCC shot 42.6 percent from the floor, made 10 of 31 3-pointers (32.3 percent) and 21 of 28 free throws (75 percent).

 

MCC had the edge in rebounds 41-23. The Indians turned the ball over 25 times to 15 for NJC.

 

The Plainsmen shot 50.8 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from 3-point range (nine of 17) and made 18 of 25 freethrows (71.0 percent.)

 

Marcus Burwell led all scorers with 27 points for the Plainsmen.

 

With the loss NJC improves to 11-16.

 

MCC falls to 17-10.

 

The Indians conclude the season at home with three games this week starting with North Platte Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be (Blue-Out, homecoming night). That game will also decide the winner of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference as both teams enter Tuesday’s action with 4-1 records in conference play. MCC won at North Platte 76-67 on Jan. 31.

 

MCC will Western Nebraska Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the final regular season home game, “Sophomore Night” is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. against Eastern Wyoming.


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Lady Indians fall to NJC, 81-64

STERLING, Colo. – A short-handed McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team went on the road Friday and dropped an 81-64 decision to Northeastern Junior College.

 

MCC trailed 37-32 at half, and 59-51 after three quarters and cut the lead to six points in the fourth quarter before the Plainswomen put the game away.

 

“We played really well and with just seven healthy bodies,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said.

 

With sophomore starter Colby Cox and freshman bench-player Anna Sanjuan injured, MCC suited up eight and four MCC starters played at least 36 of the 40 minutes.

 

“We had to play a different style and new positions on the fly and did well,” Fernetti said, “I’m proud of the effort.”

 

Freshman Aliyah Foote (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led MCC with 20 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers on seven attempts, and a four-for-six showing from the free-throw line.

 

Freshman Brook Jamison (Hyannis) had 13 points and four rebounds.

 

Sophomore Gabby Enloe (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Juju Rosado (Coral Springs, Fla.) scored eight points. Freshman Laura Mata had four rebounds off the bench

 

MCC finished the game shooting 38.3 percent, three-of-14 from the 3-point line (21.4 percent) and 15 of 24 shots from the free-throw line (62.5 percent).

 

JNC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from distance, and 64.3 percent from the line.

 

The Plainswomen enjoyed a 52-34 rebound edge.

 

“This team has really persevered in a tough season,” Fernetti said.

 

NJC improves to 12-13 on the season, MCC falls to 6-21

 

The Lady Indians close out the season with three home games starting Tuesday against North Platte at 5:30 p.m. for “Blue-Out/homecoming” Night, followed by Western Nebraska Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Eastern Wyoming College Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.


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Huskers Fall to Boston College, 3-0

Atlanta, Ga. -- The Nebraska softball team (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) snapped its seven-game winning streak Sunday morning, falling to Boston College (3-6, 0-0 ACC) 3-0 in its final game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Nebraska struggled against All-ACC pitcher Jessica Dreswick and didn't take advantage of any offensive opportunities. The Huskers left 10 runners on base and only got three hits against the Eagles. Kaylan Jablonski got her first loss of the season, falling to 4-1. She pitched 4.1 innings, gave up eight hits and three runs. She also had three strikeouts. Caitlin Bartsch pitched 0.2 innings of relief and didn't give up any hits or runs. Olivia Ferrell finished the game for the Huskers in the circle, pitching one inning and giving up just one hit. Dreswick pitched a complete game shutout and moved to 2-2 on the season. She allowed no runs, gave up three hits and struck out four batters. On offense, Nebraska only recorded three hits. Taylor Otte, Alyvia Simmons and Alexis Perry each had one. NU had some other opportunities to score though as Boston College committed two errors and the Huskers drew four walks - three by Rylie Unzicker and one by Tristen Edwards - but in the end the Eagles' defense got the best of the Huskers.The Huskers got on base early, but did not score. In the top of the first, Edwards drew a one-out walk and Madi Unzicker reached on a fielding error to put runners on first and second. However, the Eagles retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Boston College also got right to work on offense. In the bottom of the first, Boston College drew a walk with one out and the next batter doubled to deep center field to score a run and give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Another single scored a second run for the Eagles to give them a 2-0 lead. The Huskers got out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.In the second inning, Rylie Unzicker got a leadoff walk. She moved to second on a ground out to first base, but was stranded there as the next two batters struck out and grounded out to third, respectively. In the bottom of the inning, Boston College singled to center field and the runner moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A single to right field scored a run and gave Boston College a 3-0 lead and the end of two. Nebraska got its first hit in the top of the third, when Otte singled to right field to put a runner on with no outs. Otte stole second to put a runner in scoring position, but the Huskers were not able to capitalize, as the next three batters got out, stranding the runner on second. In the fourth inning, the Big Red got another leadoff hit, this time a double by Simmons. Rylie Unzicker was walked and Bri Cassidy - the tying run - was brought to the plate. Cassidy advanced to first on a fielder's choice and Simmons was out on a close call at third. Bree Boruff pinch ran for Cassidy, but back-to-back ground outs ended the inning, leaving two Huskers on base. In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles got two singles to put runners on first and second with one out. Caitlin Bartsch came into pitch for Jablonski. The Huskers got the second out after Cassidy caught a base runner stealing at third. Nebraska got out of the inning after Otte made a great defensive play, catching a fly ball while hitting the wall. In the top of the sixth, Jablonski reached on an error and Rylie Unzicker drew a walk to put two runners on with one out, but the Eagles defense got the best of Nebraska, not allowing a single run. The Huskers made a small comeback effort in the top of the seventh. Perry got a leadoff single and Sarah Yocom pinch ran for her. A pop up got the Eagles their first out and a fielder's choice got Boston College its second out. Madi Unzicker was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, but a fly out to center field ended the game.Nebraska is back in action this week as the Huskers travel to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Classic Feb. 22-24. The first of five games is against Texas A&M. First pitch set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. There will be a live radio stream on Huskers.com courtesy of the IMG Husker Sports Network.


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Five-Run Seventh Inning Helps NU Down Cougars

Tempe, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (2-0) won the first game of its Saturday doubleheader with an 8-3 triumph over Washington State at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Junior lefty Jake McSteen threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits, while striking out four Cougars. The game was a scoreless tie after three innings, but the Husker bats scored two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh to build an 8-0 advantage.

Junior Jesse Wilkening went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead NU’s offense. In the fourth inning, Mojo Hagge walked in the leadoff spot before Scott Schreiber singled to advance him to third. Wilkening’s single scored Hagge and advanced Schreiber to third. Schreiber scored on Alex Henwood’s sacrifice fly.

In the sixth inning, Hagge reached on an error and then scored later during a double play. In the seventh inning, Jaxon Hallmark reached on an error before Ben Klenke was hit-by-pitch. Joe Acker’s bunt advanced both runners and Altavilla’s hit-by-pitch scored the first run of the inning. After back-to-back strikeouts, Luke Roskam reached on an error. Wilkening doubled to score two runs before a groundout ended the inning.

Washington State, who falls to 0-2 on the season, scored three runs in the ninth inning.

The Huskers play their second game of the day at 5 p.m. (CT) against UC Riverside. On Sunday, NU wraps up its trip to Arizona by facing Washington State at 1 p.m. (CT).


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Husker Road Winning Streak Ends at Indiana

Bloomington, Ind. - Six Huskers scored in double figures in a balanced offensive effort, but the Nebraska women's basketball team could not generate enough stops in the fourth quarter to extend its 10-game road winning streak in an 83-75 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

The Huskers, who lost their first true road game of the season, trailed 67-66 with 3:27 left, but the red-hot Hoosiers outscored Nebraska 16-9 down the stretch. Indiana secured its seventh consecutive Big Ten win to improve to 8-6 in the conference and 15-12 overall. Nebraska slipped to 19-8 overall and 10-4 in the conference.

Nebraska, which was playing its second road game in four days, shot just 38.2 percent (26-68) from the field. Indiana, which had five days to prepare for Senior Day for Hoosier seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, shot a sizzling 46.4 percent from the field, including 36 percent from three-point range. The Hoosiers also buried 22-of-25 free throws.

Buss erupted for a game-high 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the field, while going 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Cahill added 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for Indiana. Freshman Jaelynn Penn added 21 points, as those three Hoosiers combined for 74 points - just one shy of Nebraska's total in the game.

While the Hoosiers got huge games from their top three players, Nebraska's deep roster got balance throughout. Janay Morton and Nicea Eliely each led Nebraska with 12 points, while Jasmine Cincore and Hannah Whitish each contributed 11 points in the Big Red backcourt. Freshman Taylor Kissinger added her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow freshman Kate Cain just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior Maddie Simon just missed double figures with nine points.

The Huskers also dominated the glass, outrebounding the home-standing Hoosiers 45-30, including 22-7 on the offensive boards. Nebraska turned the 22 offensive boards into 24 second-chance points, but Indiana managed 11 points on seven offensive rebounds to minimize NU's advantage.

Nebraska turned the offensive boards into 12 extra field goal attempts, but both teams hit 26 field goals and nine three-pointers in the game. Indiana outscored Nebraska 22-14 at the free throw, as the Huskers were forced to foul late in the game, and the Hoosiers converted.

Nebraska got off to a solid start, working its way to a 14-8 lead through the game's first six minutes, but Buss led an Indiana rally by scoring six straight points for the Hoosiers to close the quarter and send the two teams to the second quarter tied at 19.

The Huskers opened the quarter ice cold, missing their first seven shots from the field. The Hoosiers took advantage by pushing their lead to eight points on two occasions, the last time on a Buss jumper with 3:04 left in the half to make it 31-23 Indiana.

But Nebraska rallied to hit five of its final seven shots of the half to cut Indiana's halftime lead to 36-32.

Indiana hit 46.2 percent (12-26) of its first-half shots, including 2-of-9 threes, while going 10-for-10 at the free throw line. The Hoosiers benefitted from a 12-6 edge in personal fouls in the first half.

Nebraska hit just 32.4 percent (12-37) of its shots in the half, including 4-of-13 three-pointers, while going just 4-of-7 at the free throw line. The Huskers dominated the first-half glass, 27-14, including a 14-1 margin in offensive rebounds. NU turned its 14 offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points. Only one of Nebraska's first-half fouls was called while crashing the offensive boards.

The Huskers rallied in the third quarter, tying the game at 47 with 4:50 left and again at 49 with 4:16 to play in the period, but Cahill and Buss scored nine points on three consecutive threes to rebuild a 58-51 edge. The back-to-back threes by Buss were both after IU offensive boards. The Huskers never fully recovered.

The Huskers close home regular-season action on Thursday when they tangle with Penn State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Lady Lions at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m., with Senior Night festivities to follow the game. The Huskers will honor three seniors - Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton and Emily Wood - in postgame ceremonies so fans are encouraged to remain in the arena after the game.


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