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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) – An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.
Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.
Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.
Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.
Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.
The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.
The Huskers improved to 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten behind a late run to end the first half and their best offensive third quarter of the season to take control and never look back. Penn State slipped to 7-18 overall and 1-13 in the conference.
While Brown led all scorers with 20 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists in a strong all-around performance, fellow sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals to help the Huskers inside. Sophomore Sam Haiby pitched in 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne contributed 11 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
After trailing for much of the first half, Nebraska closed the second quarter on an 8-0 run in the final 2:30. The Huskers got their final two points on a pair of free throws by Hannah Whitish with 6.3 seconds left, after she was fouled on a defensive rebound by PSU's Siyeh Frazier - her third foul of the game. Whitish finished with five points on the night.
Nebraska went to halftime with a 32-31 lead despite going just 10-for-29 from the field (.345). Penn State not only out-shot the Big Red (.371), the Lady Lions also hit 5-of-14 threes. The Huskers went 3-for-7 from long range and hit 9-of-10 free throws while Penn State did not attempt a free throw. NU out-rebounded PSU 21-20 and won the first-half turnover battle, 7-6.
Veerbeek led all scorers with 10 first-half points , while Brown added six points despite being strapped with her second foul early in the second quarter. Haiby also faced foul trouble early in the second quarter.
Shay Hagans led Penn State with eight first-half points, all in the opening quarter, before being whistled for her second foul in the first minute of the second quarter. Fellow freshman Makenna Marissa, who led PSU on the night with 15 points, added seven points in the half. A third freshman, Anna Camden, contributed six of her nine points in the opening half on a pair of threes. Those three first-year Lady Lions combined for all five of the Penn State three-pointers (5-8). They also combined for all eight of PSU's threes in the game. After going 4-for-7 from long range in the first quarter, the Lady Lions went just 4-for-22 the rest of the way.
In the second half, Nebraska erupted for a season-high 26 points in the third quarter while holding Penn State to just 12. The Huskers hit 11-of-14 shots from the floor in the quarter, including nine straight shots to surge to a 15-point lead at the end of 30 minutes.
Penn State trimmed the margin to 12 early in the fourth quarter and Husker center Kate Cain, who contributed six points, eight rebounds, six blocks and a steal in the game, was whistled for her fourth foul. But Bourne erupted for seven of NU's next nine points in a span of less than two minutes to end any Lady Lion hopes of a comeback by pushing the lead to 69-48 with 6:19 left.
On the defensive end, Nebraska blocked four shots in the fourth period without Cain on the floor to match its season high with 12 blocks in the game.
For the game, Nebraska hit 46.6 percent (27-58) of its field goal attempts, including 50 percent (6-12) of its threes. The Huskers hit just 1-of-5 threes in the first quarter, then went 5-for-7 the rest of the game. NU also went a solid 15-for-17 (.882) at the free throw line and won the rebounding battle, 42-37. The two teams each committed 13 turnovers.
Nebraska held Penn State to just 31.9 percent (22-69) shooting for the game, including 27.6 percent (8-29) from long range. The Lady Lions did go 6-for-6 at the line.
The Huskers return to Big Ten road action this weekend by traveling to Evanston, Ill., to take on No. 19 Northwestern. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wildcats from Welsh-Ryan Arena is set for 2 p.m (CT). Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska announced several additions to future football schedules today, highlighted by a home-and-home series with long-time Big Eight and Big 12 foe Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State will travel to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16, 2034, with Nebraska returning the game in Stillwater on Sept. 15, 2035.
In addition to the home-and-home series with Oklahoma State, Nebraska also announced a date change for a future game with South Dakota State, two newly scheduled games with UTEP and single games against Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio.
“The first time Scott Frost and I sat down to discuss scheduling philosophy, we both shared a goal of making an effort to play former conference opponents,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “It is exciting to add Oklahoma State to our football schedule, and we will continue to explore additional opportunities for games in our part of the country.
“The Big Ten schedule gives our fans the opportunity to visit some of the nation’s best college football environments, but the reality is many of those places are a long way from Nebraska. Games against schools like Oklahoma State, Colorado and Oklahoma are driveable and affordable trips for Husker fans.”
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 37-5-1, winning the most recent matchup in Stillwater in 2010. The matchups with the Cowboys give Nebraska eight games on future schedules against former Big Eight/Big 12 schools. Nebraska plays Oklahoma in 2021 and 2022 and again in 2029 and 2030. The Huskers will play Colorado in 2023 and 2024, after a home-and-home series with the Buffs in 2018 and 2019.
The games with UTEP, Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio will be the first-ever for Nebraska against each of those schools. The Huskers have a notable tie to Ohio, with the Bobcats led by former Husker head coach and player Frank Solich, who is entering his 16th season as Ohio’s coach in 2020. The date change with South Dakota State moves the second game in a three-game contract which was originally scheduled for 2024 to Sept. 7, 2030.
Nebraska Football Schedule Additions
· Oklahoma State: Sept. 16, 2034 in Lincoln; Sept. 15, 2035 in Stillwater
· South Dakota State: Sept. 7, 2030 in Lincoln, replaces game previously scheduled for Aug. 31, 2024 in Lincoln; Nebraska also hosts South Dakota State in 2020 and 2028
· UTEP: Aug. 31, 2024 and Sept. 2, 2028, in Lincoln
· Louisiana-Monroe: Oct. 18, 2025, in Lincoln
· Ohio: Sept. 5, 2026, in Lincoln
The announcements complete Nebraska’s non-conference schedules for the 2025, 2026 and 2028 seasons. The Huskers have single non-conference games remaining to fill in 2024 and 2027.
The Huskers, who trailed by 13 after a cold-shooting first half, used a late rally to put themselves in position to pull the upset. NU trailed 71-64 with less than a minute to play before a 6-0 run made it a one-point game. After Maryland missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Nebraska had a chance to take the lead but Cam Mack, who had just knocked down a pair of clutch free throws, had his potential game-winning layup blocked by Jalen Smith, who then made his first free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining before intentionally missing the second, and the clock expired on the rebound.
With the win, Maryland improved to 20-4 on the season and remained atop the Big Ten Conference standings with a 10-3 record in league play. Despite a valiant effort, Nebraska fell to 7-17 on the season and dropped to 2-11 in Big Ten play.
The Huskers, who were without third-leading scorer Dachon Burke Jr. due to illness, outscored Maryland 45-34 in the second half, even though the Terrapins made six of their final seven shots. Nebraska shot 55 percent in the second half but only hit 41 percent of its shots in the game. The Huskers attempted a season-high 33 3-pointers but made just seven of those attempts.
Haanif Cheatham, who was questionable for the game after suffering an injury Saturday at Iowa, led the second-half comeback by scoring 18 of his game-high 20 points in the final period. Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15 for the Huskers, while Matej Kavas provided a big boost of the bench, chipping in 11 points. Mack dished out eight assists for the Big Red to become the fourth Husker to record 150 assists in a season.
Smith (16 points, 13 rebounds), Donta Scott (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Anthony Cowan (13 points, 10 assists) all had double-doubles for Maryland. Eric Ayala joined that trio in double figures with 16 points, as he knocked down 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Nebraska scored on a Mack layup on its opening possession before the Huskers' shooting went ice cold. NU missed nine straight shots at one point and opened the game just 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-10 from the 3-point line. Maryland took advantage with an 8-0 run during a five-minute Husker scoring drought, building a 16-10 lead eight minutes into the game.
The Huskers pulled back within one three minutes later thanks to a 7-0 run, with Thorbjarnarson scoring the final five points of the run. But Nebraska then went scoreless for more than four minutes, as Maryland scored 10 straight points to take a 30-19 lead.
Nebraska quickly cut the lead back to eight but the Huskers didn't make a basket over the final three minutes of the half, and Maryland scored six of the final seven points of the period to take a 36-25 lead into the locker room. NU shot only 27 percent in the first half and had a five-minute stretch and two three-minute stretches without making a basket. The Huskers were just 9-of-33 from the field and 3-of-20 from beyond the arc in the first half.
NU shot the ball better to start the second half, knocking down seven of its first nine shots, cutting the lead to single digits at 47-40 less than five minutes into the period. Following the hot start, the Huskers went scoreless for nearly three minutes as Maryland pushed the lead back to 12.
But Nebraska would not go away as the Huskers scored seven straight points as part of a larger 12-2 run that forced a Maryland timeout with the Terrapins on top 56-54 with 7:28 to play. Maryland responded with an 8-0 run out of the timeout to push the lead back to 10 before Cheatham scored Nebraska's next eight points to help the Huskers cut the lead to 66-62 with 2:24 remaining.
It remained a four-point lead one minute later until Darryl Morsell drilled a clutch 3-pointer, which was answered by Kevin Cross. Nebraska called a timeout following Cross' 3-pointer, the Huskers got a steal on the ensuing possession and Cheatham knocked down a free throw to cut the lead to 71-68 with 35.6 seconds remaining. Maryland then missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving Nebraska the ball back. Ahead by three, Maryland elected to foul Mack, who went to the line and hit two clutch free throws to make it a 71-70 game with 12.9 seconds left.
Maryland again missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Mack drove into the lane where Smith blocked the shot to seal the win.
Following a pair of road games against top-25 foes, Nebraska returns home on Saturday to take on Wisconsin. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 1:15 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.
Nebraska Post-Game Notes
- Nebraska fell to Maryland 72-70, as the Terrapins remained perfect at home this season (14-0). The two-point margin marked the seventh time in the 10 all-time meetings between Nebraska and Maryland that the game has been decided by five or fewer points.
- The Huskers have played four games at the XFINITY Center, with the four games decided by a total of 10 points, including three straight games by two points.
- Nebraska went 7-of-33 from the 3-point line in tonight's game. With the seven makes, the Huskers have made 200 3-pointers this season, becoming the 10th team in school history to make 200 3-pointers in a season.
- With the season-high 33 3-point attempts, the Huskers have shot 611 3-pointers this year, becoming the seventh team in school history to attempt 600 3-pointers in a season.
- Haanif Cheatham, who was questionable for the game after suffering an injury Saturday at Iowa, scored a game-high 20 points, including 18 in the second half. His 21 points were his second-highest total in Big Ten play and marked his third 20-point game this season.
- Matej Kavas scored 11 points, marking his first career Big Ten Conference game in double figures. It was his first double-figure effort since Dec. 29.
- Cam Mack dished out eight assists in the game to give him 156 assists this season. He passed Tyronn Lue (152) to move into fifth place on Nebraska's single-season assists list, while becoming only the fourth Husker to record 150 assists in a season.
- Freshman Kevin Cross made his first career start as Nebraska utilized its sixth different starting lineup this season. Cross became the third true freshman to start for the Huskers this season, joining Charlie Easley and Yvan Ouedraogo.