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Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Pittsburg State, 65-63, Saturday evening in Kansas.

The Lopers (8-14, 3-10) pick up its second road win of the year while the Gorillas (14-9, 7-7) drop a fifth straight game. Both teams were a bit short handed as Pitt was minus two starters, including guard Donovan Franklin (21.7 points per game), with UNK junior Kyle Juhl sidelined for most of the day with a shoulder ailment.

Pitt, also featuring senior guard Grant Lozoya (24.0 ppg), got out to a 31-17 lead 14 minutes into the action. UNK was just 1 of 13 from behind the three point line in the opening half but a zone defense and some work around the rim by sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) made it just a seven-point hole, 36-29, by the break.

"I think our zone helped us get back in it. Once we got (the deficit) down by halftime, that kind of got us going and gave us a chance," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Our zone really helped us all weekend. It got us back into it at Missouri Southern and it did the same thing today. We wanted to shortened the game  … we need it to be in the 60's and not the 70's or 80's."

UNK tied things up at 51 with 8:59 left after a bucket by junior forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue West). However, Pitt went ahead by four a few minutes later. The final 3:42 saw several lead changes with a triple from the top of the key by freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney) finishing the scoring. The game-winning bucket came at the 1:45 mark.

Pitt missed its last five shots, four of which were taken by Lozoya. With nine tenths of a second left, he managed to get off a corner three that clanked off the side of the backboard. Guarded by Jackson, Lozoya was limited to 12 points on 6 of 18 shooting (0 of 6 threes). The Lopers final 1:45 included a missed shot and turnover. Luckily, UNK didn't foul a lot and managed to take some time off the clock late with a couple of none-shooting fouls.

"We're very proud of our guys. Anytime you get a split on the road you take it and run," said Lofton.  "Pitt got off to a really good start and it looked like we were running in quick sand for a while."

Having a plus four rebounding margin, Kearney shot 42 percent from the field and was 9 of 11 at the line. Baker Magrath had 10 of his 12 points in the first half with Jackson tallying a team-best 17 on 7 of 10 shooting. He also went 3 of 3 at the line and has now scored 54 points in the last three games (18.0 avg.).

Next, Koster scored 13 as he hit two of UNK's four treys with Alliance sophomore Austin Luger coming off the bench to provide 14 points, five rebounds (three offensive) and two steals in just 21 minutes. The 14 points ties his career-high point total.

"Austin made a lot of really big plays. When you get the opportunity you have to be ready to make the most of it and he definitely did that today," said Lofton. "AJ did a good job guarding their best player and Weston did some good things early when we couldn't find the basket. He came alive around the rim and gave us some points when we desperately needed them."

Going 7 of 28 from behind the arc, Pitt was led by Sam Houston State (Texas) transfer Demetrius Levearity who had 23 points on nine made field goals (three triples). Lozoya, besides his point total, had eight assists and eight rebounds.

UNK hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers Thursday night. LU (16-6, 9-4) lost to No. 1 Northwest Missouri State today, 75-57.




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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Grady Eifert gave No. 15 Purdue the boost it needed Saturday.
And once the senior forward got started, the Boilermakers took off.
Eifert scored 16 points and had four steals, both career highs, and grabbed five offensive rebounds to help Purdue overcome a sluggish start and pull away for an 81-62 victory over Nebraska.
"We talked at halftime about getting more offensive rebounds and more open looks for our guys," he said. "We were trying to play through it with hustle and energy."
Nobody did it better than Eifert, the younger brother of NFL tight end Tyler Eifert and one of the most underrated players on Purdue's roster.
While Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Nojel Eastern had 12 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double in six games, Eifert almost single-handedly turned the game with the kind of gritty hustle plays coach Matt Painter appreciates.
Things started to change when Eifert hit the deck to make a steal then flipped an outlet pass to Eastern for a breakaway basket. On the Boilermakers' next possession, Eifert's second 3-pointer of the game closed out the decisive 8-0 run and when Ryan Cline followed with another 3, the Boilermakers had a turned a 39-35 cushion into a 50-38 runaway.
Painter wasn't the only one raving.
In the waning minutes, fans chanted M-V-P, M-V-P as Eifert celebrated his 100th career win, and Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles joined the chorus after the Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2) won their eighth straight.
"I thought the guy who hurt us tonight was Grady Eifert and I know that's hard to say when Carsen Edwards has 27," he said.
Thomas Allen made five 3s and matched his season-high with 18 points for Nebraska (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. added 17 points as the Cornhuskers' losing streak hit seven — the last four without injured forward Isaac Copeland.
But Nebraska did play better.
With the Boilermakers off to a lackluster start, the Cornhuskers took a 25-21 lead on Palmer's 3 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
That's when Eifert & Co. cranked up the defensive intensity. Purdue allowed just one basket the rest of the half, used an 8-3 run to take a 33-31 halftime and then relied on the momentum and Eifert's impact to take control early in the second half.
"You have to have a competitiveness to you and I thought Grady really brought tonight," Painter said. "We did a better job (in the second half) feeding off those hustle plays Grady and Nojel were making."

BIG PICTURE
Nebraska: Clearly, the Cornhuskers aren't the same without Copeland. But they showed some promise by hanging around most of the night against a Big Ten contender.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have won 14 straight at home. But on Saturday, they showed they can win even when they don't play their best. Purdue relied on its usual three-pronged approach — defense, hustle and ball movement — to pull away late. And it should keep them climbing in the poll.

STAT PACK
Nebraska: Glynn Watson Jr. scored four points after being shut out for the first time since his freshman season Wednesday at Maryland. ... The Cornhuskers had eight turnovers but were outrebounded 39-24. ... Nebraska is 0-7 all-time at Mackey Arena and has lost five of the last six in the series. ... The Cornhuskers shot 38.2 percent from the field.
Purdue: Eifert finished with seven rebounds. ... Purdue's 10-2 mark in conference play is tied for the fifth-best mark in school history. ... Painter won his 312th game and needs four more to move into the top 10 in Big Ten history.

TRIBUTE TO TRENT
The Boilermakers honored the late Tyler Trent, at their annual Hammer Down Cancer game.
They presented a check for nearly $13,000 to the fund in Trent's name at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Athletic director Mike Bobinski also gave Trent's family a framed No. 1 jersey, drawing the loudest roar of the night from the crowd.
The 20-year-old Trent became a national inspiration during the football season as he rooted on the Boilermakers. Trent died on Jan. 1 from a rare form of bone cancer.

UP NEXT
Nebraska: Will try to end its skid when it heads home Wednesday to face Minnesota.
Purdue: Can make a major statement Tuesday at No. 24 Maryland.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 64, Rapid City Christian, S.D. 43
Anselmo-Merna 64, Ansley-Litchfield 60
Arapahoe 55, Bertrand 54
Aurora 59, Crete 29
Axtell 53, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 42, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 32
Bayard 59, Minatare 41
Bishop Neumann 63, Archbishop Bergan 42
Blair 67, Columbus 63
Boyd County 60, Niobrara/Verdigre 52
Boys Town 57, Nebraska City Lourdes 55
Brady 67, Medicine Valley 23
Bridgeport 53, Gordon/Rushville 36
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, High Plains Community 35
Burwell 70, Heartland Lutheran 41
Cambridge 63, Alma 53
Centennial 62, Aquinas 43
Central Valley 63, Twin Loup 34
Centura 55, Arcadia-Loup City 37
Clarkson/Leigh 78, East Butler 72
Cozad 67, Broken Bow 63
Creek Valley 63, South Platte 55
Creighton 43, Plainview 33
Deshler 42, Blue Hill 39
Diller-Odell 54, Friend 36
Doniphan-Trumbull 73, Wood River 51
Dundy County-Stratton 61, Southern Valley 57
Elkhorn Mount Michael 60, Lincoln Lutheran 59
Elm Creek 53, Amherst 51
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Falls City 35
Exeter/Milligan 58, Cross County 52
Fairbury 46, Schuyler 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 54, North Andrew, Mo. 40
Fort Calhoun 56, Raymond Central 43
Giltner def. Hampton, forfeit
Gothenburg 58, Ainsworth 53
Grand Island Northwest 66, Beatrice 51
Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 43, Sioux County 27
Hay Springs 59, Garden County 50
Hitchcock County 52, Wallace 47
Holdrege 48, Central City 31
Johnson-Brock 65, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 32
Kearney 65, Omaha North 54
Kimball 66, Hemingford 56
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southwest 42
Lincoln High 64, Bellevue East 55
Lincoln Pius X 86, Fremont 50
Lincoln Southeast 66, Omaha Burke 57
McCool Junction 56, Dorchester 36
Meridian 51, Silver Lake 50
Milford 57, Sandy Creek 20
Millard North 63, Omaha Northwest 53
Millard West 76, Omaha Benson 65
Mullen 45, Hyannis 35
Nebraska Christian 59, Palmer 24
Neligh-Oakdale 45, CWC 29
Norfolk 55, Grand Island 52
North Platte 65, Gering 49
Oakland-Craig 77, West Point-Beemer 57
Ogallala 70, Mitchell 68
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 67, Cedar Bluffs 23
Omaha Central 69, Millard South 57
Omaha Christian Academy 34, Mead 33
Omaha Creighton Prep 69, Bellevue West 66
Omaha Nation 71, Emerson-Hubbard 65
Omaha South 48, Omaha Bryan 43
Omaha Westside 68, Papillion-LaVista 43
Ord 48, O'Neill 44
Osmond 47, Wausa 19
Overton 69, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37
Papillion-LaVista South 66, Elkhorn South 52
Parkview Christian 76, Lewiston 51
Pleasanton 48, Loomis 34
Ponca 78, Homer 54
Randolph 58, Crofton 47
Riverside 69, Norfolk Catholic 55
Sandhills/Thedford 59, Cody-Kilgore 38
Scottsbluff 76, McCook 52
Shelby/Rising City 62, Osceola 10
Shelton 40, Harvard 38
Sidney 54, Chadron 52
South Loup 68, Eustis-Farnam 47
South Sioux City 45, Omaha Gross Catholic 42
Southern 58, Thayer Central 51
Stuart 45, Ewing 35
Superior 53, Lawrence-Nelson 43
Sutton 55, Fillmore Central 32
Syracuse 50, Conestoga 37
Tekamah-Herman 73, Whiting, Iowa 48
Tri County 73, Sterling 61
Wakefield 48, Howells/Dodge 43
Wauneta-Palisade 88, Maywood-Hayes Center 30
Waverly 62, Plattsmouth 43
Wayne 74, Arlington 50
Wilber-Clatonia 47, David City 46
York 61, Seward 45
Yutan 54, Johnson County Central 33
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Winnebago vs. Crow Creek, S.D., ccd.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 47, Gothenburg 31
Amherst 47, Elm Creek 44
Ansley-Litchfield 51, Anselmo-Merna 40
Aquinas 43, Centennial 41
Arapahoe 28, Bertrand 15
Arcadia-Loup City 48, Centura 39
Arlington 58, Wayne 40
Axtell 51, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 25
Bayard 30, Minatare 19
Beatrice 55, Grand Island Northwest 49
Bishop Neumann 71, Archbishop Bergan 50
Blue Hill 61, Deshler 25
Bridgeport 46, Gordon/Rushville 41
Broken Bow 43, Cozad 27
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 47, High Plains Community 14
Burwell 73, Heartland Lutheran 28
CWC 50, Neligh-Oakdale 25
Cambridge 62, Alma 50
Central City 55, Holdrege 38
Central Valley 54, Twin Loup 18
Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills/Thedford 40
Columbus 43, Blair 32
Creighton 58,




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Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Green Bay Gamblers by a final score of 7-0 Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. The win was highlighted by defenseman Ronnie Attard’s four goal performance, and a 27 save shutout by goaltender Jake Barczewski. Attard’s four goals are the most in a single game by a Storm defenseman in team history. Forward Joel L’Esperance scored four goals on December 7th, 2013 in a 6-3 Tri-City win over Cedar Rapids. Tri-City also got goals in the game from Colby Ambrosio, Joe Berg, and Joe Molenaar. Jake Barczewski recorded his 2nd career shutout, and 1st shutout of the 2018-2019 regular season with 27 saves on Green Bay’s 27 shots. The Storm face off against the Gamblers again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm. For tickets, visit www.stormhockey.com, or call 308-338-8144.
 
Tri-City outshot Green Bay 10-7 in a 1st period that saw no goals scored by either team. Ronnie Attard netted his 1st goal of the game 25 seconds into the 2nd period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Connor McMenamin and Brendan Budy. Colby Ambrosio scored his 11th goal of the season at 10:39 of the 2nd period to increase the Storm lead to two. Ambrosio’s goal was assisted by Joe Molenaar and Khristian Acosta. The game’s first power play goal was scored by Ronnie Attard at 14:47 of the 2nd period. Attard’s 2nd goal of the game was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Zac Jones. Attard added another power play goal minutes later to increase the Storm lead to four goals. Attard’s hat trick goal scored at 18:36 was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Zac Jones and Brendan Budy. The Storm outshot the Gamblers 18-10 in the 2nd period and carried a 4-0 lead into the 3rd period.
 
At 6:04 of the 3rd period, Joe Berg scored his 4th goal of the season to give Tri-City a five-goal lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic. Ronnie Attard scored his 4th goal of the game at the 13:12 mark of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-0 lead. Attard’s goal tied a team record for most goals scored in a single game, and the goal set a new team record for most goals scored in a single game by a defenseman. The goal also gave Attard the lead for most goals scored by a defenseman in the USHL this season. Joe Molenaar sored the game’s final goal at 15:42 of the 3rd period on a goal assisted by Colby Ambrosio. Ambrosio was named the game’s 3rd Star, Jake Barczewski picked up 2nd Star honors, and Ronnie Attard was named the game’s 1st Star.
 
In the win, Tri-City recorded its 30th win of the season and maintained a one-point lead over Muskegon in the USHL league standings.




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Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward Athena Alvarado had a double double and Pittsburg State led from start to finish in beating Nebraska-Kearney, 68-42,Saturday afternoon in Kansas.

The Gorillas (18-5, 10-4) stop a three-game home losing streak while theLopers (13-9, 6-7) fall to 3-5 on the road.

Shooting 45 percent from the field and having a plus 13 rebounding margin, Pitt scored the game's first six points and never looked back. UNK, tallying eight points in the first quarter and nine in the second, was down 25-17 with 3:24 left in the half after a bucket by freshman post Brooke Carlson(Elkhorn). The Gorillas promptly went on a 19-0 run over the next seven minutes to put things on ice.

UNK's season-low point total came on a season-low 24 percent (15 of 62) shooting. The Lopers went 5 of 18 from behind the arc, 10 of 44 inside and made 7 of 13 free throws.

"I thought our effort was good and we played hard. But at times we didn't execute the right way … we missed some plays in the first half that would've made the score closer. We had a lot of easy shots that we missed," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey.

A six-footer, Alvarado went 6 of 8 from the floor to score 12 with five of her 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Reserves Tristan Gregg (13) andSydnee Crain (12) combined for 25 points as they hit three triples and four free throws.

UNK was led by freshman reserve forward Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) who had 11 points and six rebounds. She was 3 of 6 from behind the arc with all six of her boards coming on the defensive end. Next, freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) had 10 points and six rebounds with Carlson pulling down seven boards and scoring six.

Kearney hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers (10-12, 2-11) on Thursday night. Lincoln beat Northwest Missouri State, 64-51, today at home.



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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 74, Ravenna 31

Ashland-Greenwood 57, Nebraska City 19

Auburn 56, Lincoln Lutheran 49

Battle Creek 68, Hartington Cedar Catholic 59

Bennington 64, Elkhorn 57

Bloomfield 51, Allen 43

Bridgeport 48, Morrill 31

Clarkson/Leigh 55, Stanton 48

Clearwater/Orchard 59, Elgin Public/Pope John 45

College View Academy 48, Cornerstone Christian 37

Deshler 50, Red Cloud 12

Elmwood-Murdock 56, Mead 24

Freeman 66, Johnson-Brock 49

Gering 52, McCook 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Hastings St. Cecilia 47

Heartland 66, Osceola 38

Hershey 43, North Platte St. Patrick's 29

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 57, Falls City 48

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 56, Twin River 46

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Lincoln Christian 55, Kearney Catholic 51

Louisville 55, Weeping Water 19

Madison 86, David City 76

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 26

Meridian 71, Friend 48

Millard North 75, Lincoln Northeast 56

North Bend Central 79, Howells/Dodge 65

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 42

Osmond 58, Winside 12

Palmyra 67, Pawnee City 36

Paxton 55, Sutherland 48

Pierce 49, Guardian Angels 44

Platteview 61, Crete 40

Ralston 57, Schuyler 23

Riverside 74, Spalding Academy 34

Scottsbluff 71, North Platte 56

Shelton 51, Gibbon 48

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 56, St. Mary's 38

Wood River 50, Minden 47

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Omaha Nation vs. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 60, Ravenna 39

Auburn 39, Lincoln Lutheran 31

Bridgeport 52, Morrill 24

Clarkson/Leigh 31, Stanton 27

College View Academy 46, Cornerstone Christian 23

Columbus Lakeview 50, Central City 33

Crete 57, Platteview 43

Crofton 63, Norfolk Catholic 49

David City 58, Madison 42

Elgin Public/Pope John 63, Clearwater/Orchard 37

Elkhorn 43, Bennington 39

Elmwood-Murdock 50, Mead 30

Falls City 50, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 36

Freeman 34, Johnson-Brock 25

Gibbon 41, Shelton 26

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Battle Creek 53

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Heartland 53, Osceola 27

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Leyton 37, Garden County 33

Lincoln Christian 51, Kearney Catholic 45

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49, Boys Town 29

Louisville 44, Weeping Water 38

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 24

McCook 54, Gering 41

Meridian 47, Friend 26

Millard North 60, Lincoln Northeast 54

North Bend Central 49, Howells/Dodge 43

North Platte 61, Scottsbluff 57

North Platte St. Patrick's 46, Hershey 37

Omaha Mercy 52, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 43

Osmond 52, Winside 17

Pawnee City 46, Palmyra 33

Paxton 32, Sutherland 23

Pierce 56, Guardian Angels 38

Red Cloud 49, Deshler 35

Schuyler 35, Ralston 27

Shelby/Rising City 51, East Butler 47

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

South Sioux City 90, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 58

Spalding Academy 52, Riverside 39

Tekamah-Herman 49, Omaha Roncalli 41

Twin River 41, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 35

Wallace def. McPherson County, forfeit

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 63, St. Mary's 36

Wood River 59, Minden 29

Wynot 54, Pender 45

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Burwell vs. CWC, ccd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.




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Kearney, Neb. – Missouri Southern State was strong early and late to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 72-67, Thursday night in Joplin.

The Lions (18-5, 9-4) improve to 11-0 at home while the Lopers fall to 7-14 (2-9) and to 2-6 in games decided by five points or less.

MSSU came in with four players standing at least 6-9 and 230 pounds. Due to injuries, two didn't go and another went just five minutes. One of the DNP's was sophomore Cam Martin (21.7 points & 8.9 rebounds per game).

The Lions adjusted to the lineup changes as they jumped out to a 28-8 lead seven minutes in. The Lopers did hit two early threes and then erupted for eight more over the next 13 minutes to trail by just a 43-42 score at the break. The 10 of 18 three point shooting is one of the best shooting stretches by UNK this season. MSSU overcame the 10 bombs by hitting eight of their own and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds. That strong board work led to 19 second chance points.

"That's a really good team. Their guards are tough and hard to stay in front of … the big guy (Enis Memic) was a force and he normally is the backup," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "They did a tremendous job with offensive rebounds. That was their life blood early in the game."

UNK managed a 7-4 o-board advantage in the second half and held the Lions to a 9 of 23 (39%) shooting effort from the field. Now a back and forth game, the Lopers went on an 11-2 run to open a 58-49 lead with 12:57 to play. This last UNK spurt featured two buckets by both Bellevue junior AJ Jackson and Lincoln sophomore Sam Morris. 

However, MSSU outscored UNK by a 20-2 margin over the next eight minutes. Kearney went 1 of 13 from the floor during this stretch along with five fouls and a turnover.

Down eight with 3:55 left, UNK took advantage of four turnovers to give itself a chance to tie the game at 70. Running the same play that almost worked to perfection against Missouri Western State, Iowa junior Kyle Juhl went to the left wing to setup for a three. However, it was ruled he stepped out of bounds coming off a baseline screen. MSSU hit two subsequent free throws to finish the scoring.

"It didn't look good early on but give it to our kids. They fought back and got themselves back in it," said Lofton. "But they scored in bunches and they were able to get it going midway through the second half. We really couldn't hold them off after that."

Plus 11 on the glass, MSSU got double doubles from the 6-9, 235 pound Memic (19 points & 15 rebounds) and 2018 All-MIAA pick Elyjah Clark (13 points & 10 rebounds) as well as 20 points from 6-4 junior guard Kinzer Lambert.

Juhl went 4 of 9 from behind the arc to lead UNK with 16 points. Coming off a career-high 22 points last Saturday, Jackson remained hot and tallied 15 with Aurora freshman Henry Penner going 3 of 4 from downtown to tally 11 off the bench. Finally, Kearney finished 11 of 30 from the three point line. The 11 makes are a season-high with the 30 attempts 10 shy of the school mark. 

"We had some really good looks (during that eight-minute stretch). The same looks we were getting in the first half but we just went ice cold," said Lofton. "We really weren't get anything around the basket with our post players. So we ended up taking a lot of jump shots."

UNK heads to Pittsburg State Saturday afternoon. The Gorillas (14-8, 7-6) lost tonight to Fort Hays State, 77-75.




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On Saturday, February 9th, the Nebraska Danger will be taking over Sunrise Middle School as they host their first-ever Kearney winter Kids Camp!

Kearney Danger Kids Camp is comprised of two sessions: kids ages 5-9 will participate in the morning football session from 10 a.m. – Noon, with kids ages 10-13 participating in the afternoon session from 1-3 p.m.

An exciting addition to the Kids Camp will be former Nebraska Cornhusker and recently signed Nebraska Danger quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr! He will be assisting the Danger coaching staff during the camps. Kearney High Football coach Brandon Cool will also be helping coach the kids during the camp!

This stop in Kearney is the second of three consecutive kids camps in the Tri-Cities. On Saturday, February 16th, the team will be returning to Grand Island to hold a kids camp at Grand Island Senior High School!

Walk-up registrations will be allowed. The football camp costs just $25 per camper.

Media availability for the camp coaches and Tommy Armstrong, Jr. will take place from 12:20-12:40 p.m. We hope we can see you out there this Saturday for a unique community event in Kearney!

Tickets for the 2019 Nebraska Danger Football Season are on sale through the Heartland Events Center Ticket Office, or Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit dangerfootball.com.




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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball team took advantage of an officials review and finished on a 22-5 run to rally past Missouri Southern State, 50-44, Thursday night in Joplin.

The Lopers improve to 13-8 (6-6) while the Lions fall to 12-11 (4-9). UNK is now in a tie with Missouri Western State for seventh place in the MIAA.This was the first game Kearney was minus sophomore Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) who was injured in the second half in last Saturday's OT loss to No. 6 Fort Hays State. It's expected she'll return sometime this season.

"Our kids were tough all night. We defended at a high level and I thought we hit some shots we maybe normally don't," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "A win on the road in this league is very difficult and I think the thing that is really neat is that we did it without one of our better and most reliable players. We also got good news on her and she’ll be back."

On a day where ice and cold weather canceled classes at Missouri Southern, the two teams waged a defensive battle throughout. The Lopers and Lions combined to go 37 of 108 (34%) from the field with 32 turnovers. UNK led 11-8 after one quarter but tallied just 17 point over the next two to fall behind by nine.

Missouri Southern got some unexpected production from graduate transfer post Laure Assena (team-high 14 points) and reserve forward Morgan Brightwell (seven rebounds) to lead 37-28 entering the fourth. A bucket by senior Chelsey Henry, the MIAA's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, made it 39-28 with 7:17 to play. UNK countered with a triple from freshman reserve Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) 14 seconds later to start the big run. On the play, freshman post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn) got tangled up with Assena and a double foul was assessed after a five minute delay.

"Elisa hit that three to kind of get us going. That double foul helped us settle in … we got a nice little break there. We talked about focusing on what we can control," said Eighmey. "We can control our communication, defense and rebounding. If we do that, good things usually happen."

UNK scored nine of the next 11 points to tie things up at 40, the first time the Lopers weren't behind since early in the second quarter. While the Lions hit one of two free throws to go back on top with 3:17 left, Kearney closed on a 10-3 run that featured two layups by freshman forward Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.). The second came with 10 seconds left and the shot clock running down. The game clinching bucket, a backdoor reverse layup, made it 48-44.

The Lopers gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and 17 turnovers led to 20 Lions points. However, UNK made 8 of 13 shots (2 of 3 threes) and went 4 of 4 at the line in the fourth quarter.

Carlson (12) and Backes (11) combined for 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting. Backes went 3 of 6 from behind the arc with Carlson pulling down a team-best nine rebounds. Next, Holt had 10 points (2 of 3 threes) with freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, SD) limiting Henry to nine points on 4 of 14 shooting. Going 35 minutes from the point guard spot, she had seven rebounds, four assists, two points, a block and steal.

"Klaire did an outstanding job (on Henry). She has an ability to do whatever needs to be done and her mental toughness is off the charts. She's a winner and we have a lot of those kids," said Eighmey. 

Assena, a 6-1 Cameron native who previously was at Division I Lipscomb (Tenn.) reached her team-best point total in just 17 minutes. She went 6 of 10 from the field and had three offensive rebounds. Six other Lions scored with starter Destiny Cozart joining Henry with nine points.

UNK heads to Pittsburg State on Saturday afternoon. The Gorillas (17-5, 9-4) were blasted by Fort Hays State tonight, 78-53. That marks their third straight home loss.  





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Ann Arbor, Mich. - Nebraska led 51-49 with four minutes left, but Michigan made enough plays down the stretch to escape with a 67-61 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Thursday night at Crisler Arena.

The loss dropped Nebraska to 5-7 in the Big Ten and 10-13 overall, while the Wolverines improved to 15-9 and 6-6 in the conference by splitting the season series with the Huskers.

In a low-scoring fourth quarter, Nebraska held Michigan without a field goal for the first 7:35 of the period, but trailed 53-51 after a pair of Hallie Thome free throws with 2:33 left. Thome finished with eight points, including four in the fourth quarter.

The Huskers then turned the ball over in the backcourt and Akienreh Johnson got the steal and an uncontested layup to push the Michigan margin to 55-51. Moments later another turnover by Nebraska led to a Naz Hillmon layup and-one free throw to extend the Wolverine lead to 58-51 with 1:59 left. Those were the only Michigan field goals in the quarter. The Wolverines hit nine free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.

The Huskers only got one field goal in the first 8:20 of the final quarter, which came from Kate Cain, before she got her second field goal to cut the margin to 58-53 with 1:37 left. Cain finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers.

Taylor Kissinger kept Nebraska's hopes alive with a pair of long three-pointers with 28.1 seconds and 21.2 seconds left to pull the Huskers within 63-59, but NU could get no closer the rest of the way. Kissinger finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting.

Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 13 points in the game, including 3-of-7 threes. Nicea Eliely added four points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Sam Haiby managed eight points, while Leigha Brown contributed six points.

For the Huskers it was their ninth loss of the season in games decided by two possessions or less and the school-record-tying 11th game decided by six or fewer points. The Huskers are 1-6 in Big Ten play in games decided by two possessions.

Freshman Naz Hillmon led Michigan with a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Hillmon scored eight big points for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter but also committed six turnovers in the contest.

Akienreh Johnson added 14 points off the bench, as Michigan's bench outscored the Husker bench 37-20 - the first time the Nebraska bench has been outscored by an opposing bench this season.

The Huskers hit 41.7 percent (25-60) of their shots for the game, including 8-of-23 threes, while going 3-of-6 at the line. Nebraska was just 5-of-17 in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan win the battle of the boards 41-29, after Nebraska held a halftime lead on the glass.

Michigan hit 42.9 percent (24-56) but went just 2-for-10 from three-point range, including 0-for-4 in the second half. However, Michigan went 17-for-25 at the line, including 15-of-21 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nebraska took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter after the Huskers outscored the Wolverines 13-5 during a key five-minute stretch late in the third period. Whitish and Kissinger each scored five points during the stretch to give Nebraska the lead.

Michigan took a 35-32 lead to the locker room at the half in a competitive first half that featured plenty of action.  The Wolverines took a 10-8 lead after four straight points from freshman point guard Amy Dilk, but Dilk went out with a right knee injury while making the layup to give Michigan the lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Dilk went to the bench and did not return.

Nebraska took a one-point lead at 11-10 on a three-pointer from Brown with 2:55 left in the quarter, but the Wolverines answered with a 7-0 run to build their biggest lead of the quarter at 17-11.

Husker freshman Haiby hit a last-second shot to close the period and send Nebraska to the second quarter trailing 17-13.

Johnson scored the first five points of the second quarter for the Wolverines to push Michigan's lead to 22-13 and less than five minutes later, Michigan pushed the margin to 10 at 29-19 with a Nicole Munger three-pointer with 4:20 left in the half.

Whitish almost immediately answered with a three of her own to ignite a 13-4 surge by the Big Red to cut Michigan's lead to 33-32. The Huskers got the ball back with a dark shot clock but Whitish was called for an illegal screen to give Michigan the ball back with a few seconds left, and Johnson closed the half with a baseline buzzer-beater to give the Wolverines a three-point halftime lead.

Nebraska hit 46.4 percent (13-28) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while going 2-for-4 at the free throw line.  The Huskers also out-rebounded Michigan 16-14.

Michigan hit 53.3 percent (16-30) of its shots, including 2-of-6 threes (.333) in the half, while going 1-for-2 at the line. Michigan won the first-half turnover battle 8-7. 

The Huskers return home to take on Purdue Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Boilermakers on Play4Kay Day is set for 2 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness. It will also be alumni weekend in Lincoln with more than 50 former Huskers scheduled to attend Sunday's game and be recognized at halftime. 




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