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Grand Island, Neb. –The Grand Island Police Department is investigating a pedestrian fatality involving a Union Pacific Railroad train at the Walnut St. crossing in Grand Island.
Officers responded to UPRR  Walnut St. crossing at 10:29 am this morning for a pedestrian struck by a train. GIPD and GIFD arrived and found a deceased male to the east of this crossing. Identification was located on the male and the police department is still working the investigation and notifying next of kin.
The UPRR will be working on moving the train once their protocols are met and the train can be safely moved. The investigation on their end continues. At this time, the following railroad crossings through Grand Island are closed:
 Oak St.
 Pine St.
 Walnut St.
 Lincoln St.
 Broadwell Ave.
There is heavy vehicle congestion trying to get through the Eddy St. underpass with traffic backed up for several blocks in all directions. Drivers should find alternate routes until the
railroad is able to move the train. There will be no more information released until Monday Oct. 28 th pending positive identification of the victim and next of kin notification.




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Nebraska's Sam Haiby earned a spot on the Big Ten Women's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after her electrifying performance in a win at Missouri on Sunday afternoon.

Haiby, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Moorhead, Minn., erupted for 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 three-pointers, to help Nebraska push past the Tigers, 90-85 in overtime at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Haiby scored Nebraska's first eight points of the game to set the tone for the Big Red. She finished the first half with 10 points, then added 14 in the second half, including a three-pointer with three seconds left to tie the game at 76 and send it to overtime.

In the extra period, Haiby hit Nebraska's final field goal and two free throws with 13.3 seconds left to account for the game's final points and seal the Huskers' first road win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since NU beat Texas A&M 74-63 at College Station on March 25, 2013, to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Haiby, who was making just her second career start, set career highs in points (28), minutes (35), field goals made (11) and attempted (19), while also matching her career best with three three-pointers. Missouri has advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the second round last season. The Tigers won 24 games last year and advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals before defeating Drake in the NCAA first round.

For the week, Haiby averaged 18.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 2.0 assists to help the Huskers start the season 2-0.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena to open a four-game home stand on Thursday night by taking on Morgan State. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Bears is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at


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2019 Record: 4-5, 2-4 Big Ten
Last Game: Purdue (L, 31-27)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-20 (4th Year)/8-13 (2nd Year) 
vs. Wisconsin: 0-1

2019 Record: 7-2, 4-2 Big Ten
Last Game: Iowa (W, 24-22)
Rankings: AP 15, Coaches 15
Coach: Paul Chryst
Career/UW Record: 68-33 (8th Year)/46-16 (5th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 4-0

The Matchup
Nebraska begins the home stretch of its 2019 season on Saturday when the Huskers take on Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium in a Big Ten West clash. The game is set to kick off shortly after 11 a.m. and will be televised by BTN. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

Nebraska will enter the contest with a 4-5 record and a 2-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play.  The Huskers have three remaining games, with Big Ten West matchups against Wisconsin and Iowa sandwiched around a trip to Maryland. Nebraska enters the home stretch needing two victories in its final three games to reach bowl eligibility.

The Huskers are coming off a bye which was preceeded by a 31-27 loss at Purdue on Nov. 2. NU took a lead in the final five minutes in West Lafayette, but Purdue scored a late touchdown to pull out the victory. 

Wisconsin comes into the game with a 7-2 overall record, and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers are in second place in the conferene's West Division and remain in contention for a trip to the the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Wisconsin is ranked 15th in both the AP and Coaches polls this week.  

Wisconsin will bring a high-powered rushing attack to Lincoln, averaging 225.7 yards on the ground per game. The Badgers also rank among the nation's top defenses, allowing just 231.4 yards of offense and 12.6 points per game.

Series History
Saturday's meeting will be the 14th all-time matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin and the ninth game between the school since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The schools have met each season since 2014 as members of the Big Ten West Division. 

•     Wisconsin has a 9-4 advantage in the series, with wins in the past six meetings, including the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. 

•     The Huskers hold a 3-2 lead in series in games played at Memorial Stadium, with its most recent victory a 30-27 win in 2012. 

•     NU will be facing a ranked Wisconsin team for the sixth time in nine matchups as Big Ten foes.

Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.

Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (960)
2. Ohio State (920)
3. Texas (914)
4. Alabama (913)
5. Oklahoma (904)
6. Notre Dame (904)
7. Nebraska (901)

Frost Offenses Traditionally Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored points in four of nine games on its opening drive in 2019.

Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, NU drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois. Nebraska got back to its fast starts against Indiana, marching five plays and 75 yards on the game's opening drive. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure. 

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games in 2018, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 11 times in 21 games (10 TD, 1 FG).

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 19 times in 34 games (56 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 24 times in 47 games, with 22 touchdowns and two field goals. In 87 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 45 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 52% (45 of 87 drives)    
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 45% (39 of 87 drives)

Huskers Offense Showing Versatility
The 2019 Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field. 
• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives). 

• Through nine games, Nebraska has 18 scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more. 

• Nebraska had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Spielman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington). That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas. 

• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games. 

• Nebraska had a pair of 60-yard runs against Northern Illinois. That marked the second time since last November that Nebraska produced a pair of 60-yard runs in the same game. 

• The Huskers had a season-high 14 plays of 20 yards or more against Illinois. In the process, Nebraska topped 300 yards in both rushing and passing to mark just the second time in school history the Huskers have reached that milestone. 

• Nebraska's 674 yards of total offense at Illinois was its most against a conference opponent since posting 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska had its best offensive effort in a month against Indiana, totaling 514 yards of offense. The Huskers passed for 294 yards, while rushing for 220, marking the third time this season the Huskers have topped 200 yards both on the ground and through the air.

Offense Ranks Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.

• Nebraska has 52 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank in a tie for second in the Big Ten. 

• The Huskers rank in the top five in the Big Ten in plays of 40+ (17), 50+ (6) and 60+ (4) yard.

Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
unior wide receiver JD Spielman has made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 156 career catches for 2,337 yards, ranking fifth at Nebraska in career receptions and sixth in career yardage. 

• Spielman reached 2,000 and 1,000 career receiving yards faster than any other Husker. He hit 2,000 yards at Illinois on Sept. 21, breaking the 2,000-yard barrier in 25 games. He reached 1,000 career yards in only 15 games, eclipsing Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
• Spielman needs 34 catches and 410 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 30-game career, Spielman averages 5.2 receptions and 77.9 receiving yards. 

• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.

• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).

• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.

• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons. With 689 yards in nine games, Spielman is on pace to reach that plateau again in 2019. 

• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons. Spielman has 35 catches in 2019. 

• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.

• Spielman had a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado, his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards. The 65-yard catch at Colorado was one of seven Spielman receptions of at least 40 yards in 2019. His seven catches of 40-plus yards ranks fourth nationally.  

• Spielman had seven catches for 160 yards at Illinois, marking his third-highest receiving total at Nebraska. It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game. 

•     After posting six catches for 123 yards at Purdue, Spielman is averaging 19.7 yards per reception, a mark that ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Spielman's single-season yards per catch average in 2019 ranks third in Nebraska history among players with 30 or more catches in a season. 

• On the ground, Nebraska ranks among the top four in the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (7), 40+ (7), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. 

Martinez Brings Dual Threat to Nebraska Offense
Adrian Martinez is again showing in 2019 that he is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks.  Martinez is averaging 270.1 yards of total offense, including 213.1 passing yards per game and 57.0 rushing yards per contest. Martinez ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense. He returned to action at Purdue after missing the Minnesota and Indiana games with an injury. 

• Martinez produced a career-high 446 yards of total offense at Illinois, the third-highest total offense game in school history. He passed for 328 yards, while rushing for 118 yards to post just the second 300-100 game in Nebraska history. 

• The 400-yard total offense game was the fourth of Martinez's career, more than any other Husker.

• Martinez posted three straight games with more than 300 yards of total offense in games 2-4, including 356 at Colorado, 301 vs. Northern Illinois and the 445-yard effort at Illinois. He had 305 yards of offense at Purdue in his first action in nearly a month. Martinez has 11 career games of 300 yards or more in total offense, the second-most in NU history, and two shy of a school record.

• Martinez has been particularly strong on the road. In his last seven road games, Martinez is averaging 367.5 yards of total offense. In those seven games, he has rushed 112 times for 484 yards (69.1 ypg) with eight touchdowns. He has completed 157-of-247 passes for 2,026 yards (289.4 ypg) and 11 touchdowns. 

• Martinez has moved into the top 10 at Nebraska in career passing (8th, 4,019 yards), and career total offense (9th, 5,137 yards). He has also become one of only 11 quarterbacks in school history with more than 1,000 career rushing yards. 

Robinson Making Big Impact in Freshman Season
Freshman receiver Wan'Dale Robinson provides Nebraska with an explosive receiving, rushing and return threat in 2019.

A true freshman from Frankfort, Ky., Robinson keyed Big Ten wins against Illinois and Northwestern. At Illinois, he was called on as a running back and had 19 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, while also catching eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. His play in the 42-38 win earned him Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week Honors.

Against Northwestern, Robinson again won the Big Ten freshman weekly honor. He totaled 186 all-purpose yards, including seven catches for a career-high 123 yards, the most receiving yards ever by a Husker true freshman. He had a career-long 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a career-long 49-yard catch in the third quarter and a key 32-yard catch on Nebraska's game-winning drive.

Robinson's play nearly earned the Huskers a win against Indiana. He rushed a career-high 22 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 71 yards for 154 all-purpose yards.  

• Robinson ranks second nationally among all freshmen and leads all Power Five Conference freshmen in all-purpose yards per game (112.8 ypg). His all-purpose yardage average is sixth in the Big Ten among all players. 

•     Robinson's 453 receiving yards and 40 receptions are the most ever by a Nebraska true freshman.

•    Robinson has 453 receiving yards and 326 rushing yards in 2019. He is the first Nebraska player to with 400 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards in the same season since Marlon Lucky in 2007.
•    With 123 all-purpose yards at Purdue, Robinson pushed his season total to 1,015 all-purpose yards. Robinson is the fourth true freshman at Nebraska to total 1,000 all-purpose yards joining Ahman Green (1,259 in 1995), Ameer Abdullah (1,031 in 2011) and De'Mornay Pierson-El (1,074 in 2014).

•    Robinson is the only true freshman in the country to have 1,000 all-purpose yards through games of Nov. 9. 

Columbia, Mo. - Sam Haiby scored a career-high 28 points, including a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, to lead Nebraska to a 90-85 women's basketball win at Mizzou Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Haiby, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minn., hit 11-of-19 shots from the field including a trio of three-pointers to help shoot the Huskers to victory. Haiby, who scored NU's first eight points of the game, added a huge three with just under four seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 76. Haiby added Nebraska's final field goal in overtime and NU's last two points of the game at the free throw line with 13.3 seconds left to seal the win. She scored 18 points after halftime for the Big Red.

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown added a huge performance of her own with 24 points. Brown added 18 points after halftime as well, including four big points in overtime. Brown also set Haiby up on the left side as regulation wound down and made the assist to Haiby for the game-tying shot.

Senior Hannah Whitish pitched in 12 points to go along with team highs of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, while also taking several big charges to get stops for the Huskers before fouling out late in overtime.

Fellow senior Nicea Eliely, who was the first of three Huskers to foul out in the game, added 10 points in just 24 minutes. For the contest, Nebraska was whistled for 30 fouls, which led to 31 points for the Tigers at the line. But it was Nebraska that made free throws down the stretch to seal the win, including a perfect 6-for-6 shooting in overtime from sophomores Ashtyn Veerbeek (2-2), Brown (2-2) and Haiby (2-2). For the game, NU finished 20-of-28 at the line after starting 5-for-10 at the stripe.

Veerbeek finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists despite fighting foul trouble the entire contest.

The Huskers got off to a solid start on the road, with Haiby scoring Nebraska's first eight points including a pair of threes. Haiby, who had 10 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting, helped the Huskers build an eight-point (18-10) first-quarter lead before settling for a 21-18 edge at the end of the period. 

Nebraska started strong again in the second quarter, jumping out to a 29-20 lead before Missouri rallied late in the half to trim the Husker lead to 31-29 at the half. Haiby did not shoot or score in the second quarter, while Brown added six first-half points. Whitish and Eliely each pitched in five points apiece in the half, including second-quarter threes for both of them.

The Huskers hit 12-of-31 field goals (.387) in the half, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while knocking down 3-of-6 free throws. Nebraska did a great job of defending Missouri's shooters in the first half, holding the Tigers to 4-for-13 three-point shooting (.308). As a team, Mizzou hit just 8-of-26 field goals (.308), but kept within striking distance by knocking down 9-of-10 free throws. Nebraska out-rebounded Mizzou 21-18 in the half, and won the first-half turnover battle 10-9.

The Huskers rebuilt the lead to eight points midway through the third quarter, only to see the Tigers rally late again. Nebraska went to the final period with a 54-51 lead. That edge was short-lived as the Tigers tied the game at 54 on a three-pointer, squaring the score for the first time since the opening tip. 

But Nebraska rallied to regain an eight-point lead at 67-59 on two free throws from Veerbeek with 4:47 left. A three from freshman Aijha Blackwell tied the game for the Tigers at 68. Blackwell finished with 21 points off the bench.

Amber Smith, who was one of three Tigers to record a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, then got a bucket and a foul before finishing the three-point play to give Mizzou its first lead of the game at 71-69 with two minutes left. Veerbeek then buried a free throw line jumper to tie the score at 71 with 1:47 left. Mizzou then got free throws from Hannah Schuchts, who finished with 13 points and 10 boards, and a pair from Jordan Chavis to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the day at 74-71 with 27.1 seconds left.

With Nebraska trailing 76-73 with 11.8 seconds left, Blackwell was fouled after a Husker turnover and stepped to the line with a chance to seal the win for Missouri. But she missed both free throws. Haiby grabbed a huge defensive rebound to start transition to Brown that ended with Haiby's game-tying three from the left wing.

Jordan Roundtree added the final double-double for the Tigers with 11 points and 10 rebounds, including a three-point play with 27 seconds left in overtime to pull MU within 86-83. But the Huskers made the plays down the stretch to win.

For the game, Nebraska hit 31-of-76 shots from the field (.408), including 8-of-26 threes (.308). Missouri went just 23-of-63 (.365) from the floor, including 8-of-28 (.286) from long range. Nebraska won the turnover battle, 19-13, and the war on the boards, 46-45.

Nebraska returns to Lincoln to four-game home stand at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night, when the Huskers collide with Morgan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bears is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at and a live video stream will be available on BTN+.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team won its fourth straight Big Ten match with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 sweep at Iowa on Saturday night.

Nebraska (20-3, 12-2 Big Ten) hit a blistering .420 in the match - its second-best efficiency of the season - and held Iowa to .103 hitting. Lexi Sun led all players with 14 kills on .444 hitting, and Madi Kubik added nine kills, eight digs and hit .333 in her home state. 

Lauren Stivrins had eight kills and five blocks and hit .600, and Jazz Sweet added nine kills with a .350 hitting percentage. Callie Schwarzenbach chipped in five kills and hit .364 while posting four blocks. All five Husker attackers hit better than .330 for the match. Nicklin Hames guided the Husker attack with 36 assists, a pair of kills and added seven digs. 

Defensively, Nebraska held Iowa to a -.067 hitting percentage in set two and .083 in set three. NU had a 9-2 advantage in blocks. The Huskers also out-dug Iowa, 33-25. Both teams had five aces. Sun and Kenzie Knuckles each had two for the Big Red. 

Iowa (9-16, 3-11 Big Ten) got 12 kills from Griere Hughes. 

Nebraska begins the final three weeks of the regular season at Michigan State next Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). 

Set 1: Nebraska used a 4-0 run to take a 7-5 lead. Sun had two kills and combined with Stivrins for a block. The Hawkeyes answered with a 4-0 run of their own to go up 9-7. After Hames dumped a kill to the corner, Sun tallied Nebraska's next three kills to tie the score at 11-11. Iowa regained a 14-12 lead, but three kills by Stivrins and Kubik made it 15-14 Huskers before Iowa called a timeout. Iowa went back on top, 18-17, but back-to-back kills by Sun made it 19-18 Big Red. A pair of kills by Sweet kept NU in front, 21-20, and an Iowa ball-handling error put NU up two before a block by Stivrins and Kubik and an ace by Knuckles made it 24-20 Huskers. Stivrins clinched the set for the Huskers at 25-21, as NU finished it on a 5-1 run. Sun had eight kills on .353 hitting in set one. Hames had 16 assists on 19 Husker kills. 

Set 2: NU fell behind 4-1, but a kill by Sweet started a 5-0 spurt that put the Huskers up 6-4. She also had a block with Schwarzenbach, and Kubik added a kill before an ace by Sun and solo block by Schwarzenbach had the Big Red in the lead. Another ace by Knuckles and an Iowa hitting error made it 9-5, and Kubik and Stivrins smashed kills to increase the lead to 12-6 after the 11-2 run. Sun unleashed four more kills, and Sweet added one as NU took control with a 21-12 lead. Schwarzenbach recorded a block with Sweet and added a kill before a solo block by Stivrins, and the Huskers won set two, 25-18, ending on another Stivrins kill. NU hit .542 in set two and held Iowa to -.067. 

Set 3: The Huskers got off to a 5-1 start with kills by Sweet and Schwarzenbach, a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach, and an ace by Sun. Another block, this one by Stivrins and Kubik, preceded an Iowa hitting error and a kill by Kubik, which made it 9-3 Huskers. Kubik posted a kill and then served a 4-0 run, including an ace, to give NU a 13-4 lead. Schwarzenbach followed up a kill with a block with Sweet, and then Sweet tacked on a kill as NU went up by double digits, 18-8. The Huskers cruised to the sweep, 25-14. 

Lincoln – Cameron Oluyitan's jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner, as Southern Utah escaped with a 79-78 double overtime win over the Huskers Saturday afternoon.

Oluyitan, who was one of five Thunderbirds in double figures with 11 points, found a spot the right baseline and knocked down a 15-footer to give SUU the lead for good.

Nebraska had a chance to win or second it to a third overtime, but Cam Mack's shot at the buzzer rolled off the rim, as the Huskers fell to 0-2 on the season.

Mack put the Huskers in position to win, as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, including finding Jervay Green for the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Mack, one of four Huskers in double figures, also added seven boards.

Green finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Kevin Cross came off the bench and topped the Huskers with 19 points and added five rebounds. Dachon Burke Jr. rounded out the quartet with 13 points and four boards.

Dwayne Morgan led the visitors (2-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as Nebraska held SUU to 41 percent shooting and forced SUU 18 turnovers, but the Huskers shot just 37 percent and were out-rebounded 58-44.

In the first half, Nebraska used a strong defensive effort to take a 37-26 halftime lead. The Huskers held Southern Utah to 30.3 percent shooting and forced nine Thunderbird turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska's bench keyed a critical first-half run, scored 11 points in a 16-2 spurt that turned a 12-all tie into a 28-14 Husker advantage after a Cross jumper. Thorir Thorbjarnarson had all seven of his first-half points in the spurt, as NU held the Thunderbirds to just one field goal over nearly 8:30.

Cross came off the bench with a strong effort, scoring 11 points in the opening stanza, while Green added nine for the Huskers in the opening stanza.

Nebraska stretched the lead to 14, at 44-30, with 16:37 left following a Burke 3-pointer and a Green basket, but Southern Utah clawed back into the contest, using a 15-4 spurt to pull within 48-45 with 10:45 remaining in regulation. From there, neither team led by more than five points the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Nebraska led 64-59 after a pair of Green free throws with 4:10 left, but a 6-0 spurt gave the visitors their first lead since the opening minutes on a Dre Marin 3-pointer. Nebraska answered back, as Mack's driving layup put the Huskers up by one. Southern Utah got a break with 17 seconds left when Haanif Cheatham was called for a foul and Morgan hit both free throws to gave SUU a one-point lead. NU had a gold opportunity to regain the lead, as Mack found Green for an alley-oop, but Green was unable to handle the pass and Morgan was fouled with five seconds left. Morgan hit both free throws to give the Thunderbirds a three-point lead, only to see Green's buzzer beater send it to overtime.

The Huskers return to action this Friday, Nov. 15, as Nebraska plays host to South Dakota State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting or calling the NU Athletic Ticket office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours. Friday's game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised nationally on BTN.


The McCook Community College men’s basketball team held Eastern Wyoming to 48 points and a 26.3 percent shooting performance on the way to a 76-48 win at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Saturday

The win is MCC’s third straight after starting the season 0-2.

“Holding Eastern Wyoming like we did tells me that we guarded our butts off today,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “And we guarded for 40 minutes.”

The 2-1 Lancers entered the game Saturday averaging 86.7 points per game and 57.6 percent shooting.

MCC defenders held Eastern Wyoming to 22 points and 19.2 percent shooting in the first half on the way to a 44-22 lead. The Lancers scored 26 points in the second half shooting 32.3 percent from the floor.

“I am proud of our guys. They came out back-to-back nights, and we implemented a lot of stuff this morning on how to guard these guys and we executed,” Drennan said.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC in scoring with 22 points.

A couple sophomore transfer guards also led the early offense. Justin Costello (Omaha) connected on three early 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 12 points in the first half as the Indians made 10 of 18 shots from the 3-point line.

“Our starters are doing what they are supposed to be doing and everybody else is filling their role,” Drennan said.

MCC shot 44.1 percent from the field for the game but cooled off at the arc making 10 of 31 for the game (32.3 percent). The Indians lost the rebound battle 44-35 and turned the ball over 16 times.

“These two games this weekend shows we are learning and growing and we’re understanding how hard it is to be a college basketball player,” Drennan said. “I’m going to ask a lot of these guys and today they showed me they can do it.”

The Indians have a 10-day layoff before traveling to Colby Nov. 22. MCC’s next home game will be Nov. 22 against Western Wyoming. That game will follow the women’s game, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

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The McCook Community College Lady Indians couldn’t overcome a “clunker” of a second quarter Saturday and lost for the first time this season, falling to Eastern Wyoming 73-61 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

The Lady Indians came out sharp in the first quarter finishing with an 18-14 lead and stretched it to six points at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter. Then Eastern Wyoming took charge of the quarter and out-scored the Lady Indians 33-11.

“We had a tough second quarter and that’s what did us in,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “You lose a quarter by 22 points and you end up spending all your energy trying to climb back.”

And climb back they did. After trailing 49-29 at the 9:50 mark of the third period, the Lady Indians chipped away at the 20-point deficit and closed the gap to nine points at the end of the quarter, 57-49.

“We did do a nice job of continuing to battle and fought to cut the deficit in half with 10 minutes left to play, we can build off those things that we did right to come back, but we just have to play all four quarters,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians kept battling and pulled to 63-61 with 4:01 left to play.

“We just didn’t do a very good job tonight coming out of quarters, or coming out of timeouts,” Pritchett said. “The last four minutes of the game we call a timeout and didn’t score the rest of the game.”

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored 11 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored nine points and had a team-high eight rebounds.

MCC shot 45.1 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from the arc (26.1 percent) made nine of 12 free throws (75 percent) and turned the ball over 22 times.

“Turnovers continue to hurt us, we’re not going to be able to survive good teams if we don’t take better care of the ball and if we don’t shoot it better,” Pritchett said.

Eastern Wyoming was 50.9 percent from the floor, four for 10 from the 3-point line and 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) from the line. The Lancers turned the ball over 20 times.

MCC goes to 4-1 on the season. On Friday and Saturday the Lady Indians will travel to Hesston, Kan. and play in a two-day tournament against Bethel College JVs Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday vs. Hesston (2 p.m.). MCC returns home Nov. 22 against Western Wyoming.

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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team made their home debut with an sxplosive first half propelling them to an 82-66 win over Laramie County Community College Friday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“I told them all week this was a team that we wanted to come out and punch them in the face and that our goal was to get them to call a time out in the first five minutes,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan, who was making his home debut as Indian Coach. “And we did that getting up 12-2.”

MCC made nine of 14 shots in the first half from the 3-point line (64.3 percent) and 19 of 32 shots overall (59.4 percent.) Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led the long-distance assault canning all five of his 3-point attempts and 20-first half points.

“You look at that first half, the ball was moving, we were making assists, we were taking care of the ball, we were guarding, we were rebounding,” Drennan said. “We did everything right, and it showed.”

MCC went up 48-25 at the half.

Drennan said he told his team at halftime that other team was getting their butts chewed and that his guys would have to weather the storm. “The goal again was to get them to call a timeout in the first five minutes and that didn’t happen,” Drennan said.

After committing just four first-half turnovers MCC turned the ball over 12 times. The Indians gave up just two offensive rebounds in the first half but six in the second half. The shooting fell off to 46.4 percent but MCC made just one of seven 3-point shots.

“You kind of saw in the second half, we are a young team,” Drennan said. “You have to understand you need to put the other team away when you have the opportunity, we let them hang around, we kind of thought we had already done something, got loosey-goosey and had a bunch of turnovers.”

Darthard finished with a team-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) came off the bench to score 17 points and nab a team-high 11 rebounds

The Indians got 11 points each from sophomore transfer guards, Justin Costello (Omaha) and Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario). Costello had six rebounds and Sullivan five.

MCC finished with a 53.3 percent shooting night and 47.6 percent on 21 shots from the 3-point line. The Indians out-rebounded the Eagles 49-31 but made just eight of 17 free throws (47.1 percent).

Laramie County was 37.3 percent from the field, seven of 28 (25 percent) from distance and nine of 19 from the line (47.4 percent)

“It was a win we had to have. We needed it,” Drennan said.

MCC goes to 2-2 on the year and will take on Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 4 p.m. for Veteran’s Appreciation Day. All active duty and military Veterans and their spouses will be admitted for free and are invited to watch the games from the VIP room where refreshments will be served. All fans are encouraged to wear red white and blue gear to honor Veterans.

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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 but had to wait until their opponents’ 3-point shot at the buzzer missed. MCC downed Laramie County Community College 62-59 Friday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“This was a good test for us because we haven’t played a team of this caliber yet this year,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “I thought Laramie battled hard to the end, and they shot the ball well from 3. We executed at times and we also made some mistakes too, but it’s early in the season and we can fix those things.”

MCC came out strong and posted an 18-10 first-quarter advantage. The Eagles gained a point in the second quarter, trailing 33-26 at the half but lost it back in the third, trailing 47-39 before out-scoring MCC 20-15 in the final quarter.

With sophomore starting point guard Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia) out for several weeks with an injury, those responsibilities fell to sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) who stepped up in a new role.

“I thought Paula came in and had a good game, she’d been struggling a little bit, but she came out and really helped us offensively, we’re a hurt at that position so it’s next person up and she did a great job of taking care of the ball, especially not playing that position much until this week.”

Mateu led the Lady Indians with 17 points to go along with four assists and five steals.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 15 points, had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) came off the bench to score 12 points, and grabbed five rebounds.

The coach was disappointed with the number of turnovers his team committed particularly executing the break in the latter stages of the game. The Lady Indians had eight miscues in the first half then 12 more in the second 20 minutes.

“We rebounded pretty well and really didn’t give up too many second-chance opportunities for them,” Pritchett said. MCC held a 35-28 edge on the boards.

The Lady Indians shot 42.6 percent from the field for the game including a 4-for-21 night from the 3-point line.

“We have to shot the ball better,” Pritchett said. “I really thought this was a team that would, but we’re just not making shots. We’re getting good looks from the offense we just have to knock them down,” Pritchett said. “I think a lot of it is just confidence, we have to have a shooter’s mentality.”

The Eagles shot 39.6 percent from the field and made seven of 16 from the 3-point line (43.8 percent).

This was the first game of the season for Laramie County Community College.

MCC, 4-0, takes on Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 2 p.m. for Veteran’s Appreciation Day. All active duty and military Veterans and their spouses will be admitted for free and are invited to watch the games from the VIP room where refreshments will be served. All fans are encouraged to wear red white and blue gear to honor Veterans.

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STERLING, Colo. -- The McCook Community College volleyball season came to a close Friday when 19th ranked Western Nebraska dropped the Lady Indians in straight sets in the contender’s round of the Region IX Tournament.

“This was not the way we wanted to finish, but I still think we had a great year,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

The Cougars downed MCC 25-16, 25-19, 25-20.

Western Nebraska started the day finishing a game suspended Thursday night, after Coach Binny Canales had a medical emergency, with his team down 2-0 and 18-10 in the third set. The Cougars resumed their match at 11 a.m. without their coach, and lost 25-18 to send them to the 1 p.m. game with MCC.

The Lady Indians never really pressed the Cougars until taking a 19-18 lead in the third set but Western Nebraska responded with a 5-0 run and closed out the match.

Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) had 12 kills, 11 digs and one ace.

Freshman Kallie Cathcart had four kills two assist blocks and one solo block. Freshman Heiata Tauota, (Nantes, France) had 19 assists and five digs.

Sophomore co-captain Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had six kills and four digs. Sophomore co-captain Kiera Barr (Granby, Colo.) had 12 digs and two assists.

MCC closes out the season 25-12.

“Every year our record continues to get better and it will only go up from here,” Kobza said. “I told the girls, this season-ending game is just the start to the beginning of the next.”

With the win over the Lady Indians, Western Nebraska improves to (27-8) and will play the winner of the Eastern Wyoming/Western Wyoming game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Tonight’s Region IX championship match pits 16th ranked Northeastern Junior College (23-9) against Otero Junior College (22-8), with the winner to move on and play in Northwest Plains District A championship. The loser will play in the contender’s championship game Saturday at 5 p.m. with that winner moving on to the Northwest Plains District B championships.

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