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(Providence, R.I) - A.J. Reeves set season highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers, and Providence pulled away from No. 21 Creighton for a 73-56 win. Providence defeated a ranked foe for a second straight game after topping No. 16 Butler on the road Saturday. Alpha Diallo, limited to bench duty against the Bulldogs amid a two-game slump, bounced back with 14 points and six rebounds. Ty-Shone Alexander led Creighton with 15 points but was just 5 of 15 from the field. Christian Bishop and Damien Jefferson each had 13 points.



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Tuesday, Feb. 4th 

Girls Scores 
St Paul 46, Centura 29 
Wood River 47, Arcadia Loup City 45 
Central City 52, Ravenna 35 
Ord 38, Doniphan Trumbull 23 

Boys Scores 
St Paul 61, Central City 40 
Centura 56. Gibbon 43 
Doniphan Trumbull 41, Ord 38 
Ravenna 59, Arcadia Loup City 55 

Girls Semi Finals - Ord - Thursday, Feb. 6th 
Boys Semi Finals - Ord - Friday, Feb. 7th 

BRACKET 

St Paul games carried Thursday & Friday on Country 96.5 FM & krgi.com 





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BOSTON (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Boston Red Sox have agreed to send outfielder 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox would also send away left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save Boston tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball's luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers are sending outfielder Alex Verdugo back to the Red Sox in a deal that also involves the Minnesota Twins, who are getting right-hander Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) from Los Angeles and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players' association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school's winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State's coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have dismissed team president Steve Mills with the franchise on the verge of missing the NBA playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. General manager Scott Perry will handle basketball operations while the Knicks began a search for a new president, two months after firing coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are 15-36 this season, Mills' third in charge after replacing Phil Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season. Lynn had one year left on his contract.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 63, Hastings St. Cecilia 21

Alliance 66, Chadron 43

Anselmo-Merna 79, Spalding Academy 40

Ashland-Greenwood 57, Boys Town 52

Bellevue West 65, Omaha North 49

Bennington 74, Platteview 71

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 65, Osceola 16

Chase County 52, Yuma, Colo. 50

Columbus Lakeview 40, Seward 34

Crete 39, Schuyler 30

Cross County 55, Nebraska Lutheran 27

Douglas County West 59, Syracuse 53

Elkhorn 40, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 26

Elkhorn Mount Michael 65, Omaha Gross Catholic 25

Exeter/Milligan 57, Giltner 39

Fort Calhoun 55, Arlington 38

Fullerton 67, Shelby/Rising City 51

Grand Island Central Catholic 60, Aquinas 40

Gretna 45, Lincoln Pius X 43, OT

Hitchcock County 79, Rawlins County, Kan. 33

Humphrey St. Francis 64, Central Valley 51

Hyannis 79, Hay Springs 36

Lincoln Christian 64, Columbus Scotus 40

Lincoln Lutheran 56, Falls City 44

Lincoln Southwest 53, Omaha Burke 41

McCool Junction 71, East Butler 58

Medicine Valley 45, Maywood-Hayes Center 41

Meridian 47, High Plains Community 21

Millard South 64, Omaha Northwest 50

Norris 42, Beatrice 41

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 72, Heartland Christian, Iowa 49

Omaha Concordia 51, Archbishop Bergan 43

Omaha Nation 84, Omaha Christian Academy 42

Omaha Roncalli 68, Plattsmouth 31

Omaha Skutt Catholic 73, Omaha Benson 58

Omaha South 82, Omaha Westside 76, OT

Parkview Christian 87, Dorchester 46

Riverside 80, St. Edward 26

Wallace 61, Brady 56

Waverly 57, Ralston 28

East Husker Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 72, Howells/Dodge 44

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Twin River 42

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 60, Oakland-Craig 51

North Bend Central 54, Wisner-Pilger 41

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Ansley-Litchfield 50, Amherst 41

Axtell 58, Elm Creek 56, 2OT

Loomis 77, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44

Pleasanton 80, Hi-Line 60

Louplatte Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Centura 56, Gibbon 43

Doniphan-Trumbull 41, Ord 38

Ravenna 59, Arcadia-Loup City 55

St. Paul 61, Central City 40

Mid State Conference=

Battle Creek 65, Boone Central/Newman Grove 38

Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, O'Neill 45

Pierce 61, Guardian Angels 35

Wayne 57, Norfolk Catholic 53

Niobrara Valley Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Elkhorn Valley 56, Neligh-Oakdale 43

Niobrara/Verdigre 47, Stuart 35

St. Mary's 59, Boyd County 36

West Holt 44, Elgin Public/Pope John 27

Pioneer Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Johnson-Brock 61, Diller-Odell 51

Tri County 73, Sterling 49

Southern Nebraska Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Centennial 44, Fairbury 34

Heartland 62, Milford 54

Sutton 59, Thayer Central 25

Wilber-Clatonia 53, Sandy Creek 49

Twin Valley Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Blue Hill 30, Harvard 29

Deshler 59, Franklin 28

Kenesaw 46, Lawrence-Nelson 43

Shelton 68, Silver Lake 25

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alma 46, Arapahoe 37

Anselmo-Merna 67, Spalding Academy 4

Archbishop Bergan 59, Omaha Concordia 55

Arlington 50, Fort Calhoun 36

Beatrice 62, Norris 52

Bellevue West 73, Omaha North 42

Bennington 58, Platteview 53

Broken Bow 69, Lexington 45

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 65, Osceola 16

Cambridge 45, Bertrand 28

Chadron 47, Alliance 13

Chase County 49, Yuma, Colo. 27

Columbus Lakeview 30, Seward 21

Cornerstone Christian 39, College View Academy 35

Crete 47, Schuyler 11

Cross County 55, Nebraska Lutheran 22

Dorchester 51, Parkview Christian 11

East Butler 70, McCool Junction 21

Elkhorn 46, Omaha Gross Catholic 44

Exeter/Milligan 55, Giltner 45

Fullerton 48, Shelby/Rising City 29

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, Aurora 39

Hastings St. Cecilia 59, Adams Central 35

Hay Springs 61, Hyannis 20

Heartland Lutheran 39, Elba 32

Holdrege 47, Southern Valley 29

Humphrey St. Francis 60, Central Valley 15

Lincoln Christian 48, Bishop Neumann 23

Lincoln Lutheran 55, Falls City 25

Lincoln Pius X 51, Gretna 46

Lincoln Southwest 61, Omaha Burke 29

Maxwell 42, Perkins County 14

Maywood-Hayes Center 56, Medicine Valley 20

Meridian 47, High Plains Community 21

Millard South 74, Omaha Northwest 49

Mullen 48, Hershey 42

North Platte St. Patrick's 65, Paxton 8

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 49, Heartland Christian, Iowa 35

Omaha Roncalli 49, Blair 39

Randolph 39, Walthill 30

Rawlins County, Kan. 56, Hitchcock County 41

Sedgwick County, Colo. 51, Leyton 35

South Sioux City 66, Omaha Duchesne Academy 47

St. Edward 48, Riverside 31

Sutherland 43, Sandhills Valley 39

Syracuse 63, Douglas County West 38

Wahoo 57, Aquinas 42

Wallace 56, Brady 48

Waverly 67, Ralston 44

ECNC Tournament=

Consolation=

Palmyra 38, Conestoga 24

Quarterfinal=

Elmwood-Murdock 24, Freeman 16

Malcolm 48, Auburn 29

Weeping Water 52, Louisville 31

Yutan 45, Mead 34

Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament=

Consolation=

Omaha Creighton Prep 52, Wausa 42

Osmond 50, Plainview 32

Quarterfinal=

Homer 64, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 51

Ponca 58, Wakefield-Allen 14

Winnebago 78, Hartington-Newcastle 51

Wynot 61, Bloomfield 33

Louplatte Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Central City 52, Ravenna 35

Ord 38, Doniphan-Trumbull 23

St. Paul 46, Centura 29

Wood River 47, Arcadia-Loup City 45

Pioneer Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Diller-Odell 54, Johnson-Brock 42

Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Pawnee City 28

Nebraska City Lourdes 33, Southern 24

Sterling 61, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 52

Southern Nebraska Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Centennial 54, Fillmore Central 45

Milford 40, Fairbury 38

Superior 57, David City 18

Sutton 40, Thayer Central 29





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Crete 61, Columbus 60

Fort Calhoun 65, Nebraska City 38

Heartland Christian, Iowa 61, Cornerstone Christian 58

Omaha Bryan 87, South Sioux City 58

Ord 49, Wood River 32

Wahoo 66, Syracuse 28

ECNC Tournament=

Consolation=

Louisville 43, Malcolm 35

Quarterfinal=

Auburn 64, Elmwood-Murdock 26

Freeman 22, Mead 17

Palmyra 70, Johnson County Central 55

Yutan 60, Conestoga 47

Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament=

First Round=

Allen 51, Walthill 46

Hartington-Newcastle 39, Wynot 36

Homer 57, Creighton 51

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 78, Wausa 40

Osmond 76, Emerson-Hubbard 26

Ponca 65, Plainview 43

Wakefield 57, Bloomfield 50

Winnebago 75, Randolph 67

Pioneer Conference Tournament=

Diller-Odell 52, Friend 23

Pawnee City 67, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 40

Sterling 47, Lewiston 43

SNC Tournament=

Fairbury 54, David City 25

Milford 52, Fillmore Central 34

Thayer Central 49, Superior 40

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Bennington 66, Omaha Mercy 44

Boys Town 43, College View Academy 28

Crete 45, Columbus 25

Eden Valley-Watkins, Minn. 61, Litchfield 57

Heartland Christian, Iowa 55, Cornerstone Christian 33

Lutheran High Northeast 69, Riverside 23

Nebraska City 52, Fort Calhoun 47

Syracuse 52, Wahoo 42

East Husker Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

North Bend Central 56, Clarkson/Leigh 38

Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 36

Pender 71, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67

West Point-Beemer 53, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 41

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Loomis 46, Wilcox-Hildreth 41

Overton 55, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 35

Fort Kearney Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Elm Creek 47, Amherst 26

Pleasanton 65, Ansley-Litchfield 9

Lou Platte Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Centura 50, Gibbon 28

Mid State Conference=

Battle Creek 48, Pierce 33

Crofton 53, Hartington Cedar Catholic 39

Guardian Angels 59, Boone Central 26

Norfolk Catholic 57, O'Neill 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Boyd County 38, Stuart 34

CWC 65, Neligh-Oakdale 17

North Central 54, Elgin Public/Pope John 39

Summerland 52, Elkhorn Valley 40

Pioneer Conference Tournament=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 66, Tri County 25

Pawnee City 46, Lewiston 32

Southern 49, Friend 13

SNC Tournament=

Centennial 50, Sandy Creek 17

David City 37, Heartland 28

Fairbury 46, Wilber-Clatonia 16

Twin Valley Conference=

Quarterfinal=

Blue Hill 50, Kenesaw 26

Lawrence-Nelson 39, Deshler 29

Shelton 39, Franklin 30

Silver Lake 57, Red Cloud 20





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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS'-tahps pohr-ZIHN'-gihs) had 38 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Porzingis shot 6 of 13 on 3-pointers and made all 12 of his free throws. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 25 points for Dallas, which played without injured All-Star Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich) for the third straight game.  Doncic has a sprained right ankle. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points.

CLEVELAND (AP) — In scoring more like an All-Star game, the New York Knicks outpaced the Cleveland Cavaliers 139-134 at in Cleveland. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 26 points, including a key jumper in overtime. Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds in possibly his final home game with Cleveland. But the Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games.

DETROIT (AP) — Brian Elliott made 16 saves to earn his 40th career shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-0 win over the sinking Detroit Red Wings. Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and defenseman Matt Niskanen scored for Philadelphia. The goals by Hayes and Niskanen were short-handed. The punchless Red Wings have been shut out in two consecutive games and have lost nine straight overall.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have hired James Click as their new general manager. The Tampa Bay Rays executive is now in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training. Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by Major League Baseball in the wake of a sign-stealing scam and then fired by the Astros. The Astros hired Dusty Baker last week as their new manager.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers player Jim Hill says opponents saw Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood’s size, but the Packers saw Wood’s heart. Wood, who was 83, died Monday. Wood, a defensive back who was only 5-foot-10, won five NFL championships with the Packers under coach Vince Lombardi. He was a nine-time All-NFL first or second team honoree. A friend says Wood died of natural causes in Washington.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Beatrice 78, Ralston 68

Bellevue West 78, Omaha Bryan 58

Bishop Neumann 58, Archbishop Bergan 26

Bridgeport 72, Bayard 33

Chase County 65, Hershey 54

Douglas, S.D. 69, Chadron 42

Elkhorn Mount Michael 71, Hastings 60, 2OT

Elkhorn South 73, Lincoln Pius X 72

Fremont 78, Omaha North 72

Grand Island 66, Omaha Benson 49

Gretna 56, Lincoln Northeast 49

Hemingford 64, Edgemont, S.D. 33

Humphrey St. Francis 62, Lutheran High Northeast 45

Lincoln North Star 76, Millard South 68

Millard North 78, Lincoln Southeast 61

Millard West 48, Lincoln East 46

Morrill 64, Sioux County 35

North Platte 66, Alliance 20

North Platte St. Patrick's 54, Kimball 46

Omaha Burke 71, Lincoln High 55

Omaha Central 74, Norfolk 55

Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Kearney 57

Omaha South 59, Lincoln Southwest 39

Omaha Westside 77, Bellevue East 56

Papillion-LaVista South 79, Omaha Northwest 35

Ponca 74, Walthill 36

Scottsbluff 58, Rapid City Stevens, S.D. 49

Sidney 54, Brush, Colo. 53

South Sioux City 81, Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D. 46

Tri County 72, Pawnee City 50

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Ogallala 82, McCook 56

Central Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Grand Island Northwest 58, Adams Central 54

Consolation=

Columbus Lakeview 41, Schuyler 37

Crete 43, Seward 35

York 66, Holdrege 53

Third Place=

Aurora 54, Lexington 47

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

Third Place=

Omaha Nation 77, Flandreau Indian, S.D. 67

East Husker Conference Tournament=

Howells/Dodge 51, Clarkson/Leigh 46

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 69, Madison 51

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Stanton 26

Oakland-Craig 73, Tekamah-Herman 43

Twin River 64, West Point-Beemer 41

Wisner-Pilger 60, Pender 36

ECNC Tournament=

Conestoga 71, Weeping Water 47

Elmwood-Murdock 49, Malcolm 41

Johnson County Central 51, Louisville 36

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=

Hi-Line 71, Overton 55

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 52, Wilcox-Hildreth 32

MNAC Tournament=

Championship=

Mullen 52, South Loup 47, 2OT

Third Place=

Anselmo-Merna 63, Hyannis 46

Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Wahoo 72, Ashland-Greenwood 52

Third Place=

Platteview 65, Douglas County West 49

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Championship=

Parkview Christian 51, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 34

Fifth Place=

Heartland Christian, Iowa 47, College View Academy 43

Third Place=

Cornerstone Christian 56, Omaha Christian Academy 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=

Boyd County 76, Santee 45

Elgin Public/Pope John 56, North Central 51

Neligh-Oakdale 64, CWC 63

Niobrara/Verdigre 64, Summerland 44

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

Championship=

Dundy County-Stratton 40, Southern Valley 38

Third Place=

Paxton 54, Alma 30

Southwest Conference=

Third Place=

Minden 64, Ainsworth 49

Ogallala 82, McCook 56

Twin Valley Conference=

Silver Lake 43, Red Cloud 24

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Beatrice 68, Ralston 29

Bellevue West 66, Omaha Bryan 19

Bishop Neumann 43, Omaha Concordia 38

Boone Central/Newman Grove 51, Wayne 49

Bridgeport 71, Bayard 38

Chadron 47, Douglas, S.D. 31

Chase County 70, Hershey 32

David City 42, Thayer Central 41

Edgemont, S.D. 42, Hemingford 38

Fremont 81, Omaha North 31

Humphrey St. Francis 59, Lutheran High Northeast 45

Lincoln East 64, Millard West 62

Lincoln High 64, Omaha Burke 42

Lincoln Northeast 62, Gretna 44

Lincoln Pius X 43, Elkhorn South 31

Lincoln Southwest 73, Omaha South 24

Millard North 61, Lincoln Southeast 20

Millard South 63, Lincoln North Star 19

Morrill 63, Sioux County 47

Norfolk 51, Omaha Central 44

North Platte 66, Alliance 20

North Platte St. Patrick's 58, Kimball 39

Omaha Benson 49, Grand Island 44

Omaha Gross Catholic 54, Plattsmouth 23

Omaha Marian 51, Kearney 47

Omaha Westside 59, Bellevue East 33

Papillion-LaVista South 72, Omaha Northwest 63

Pawnee City 51, Tri County 39

Rapid City Stevens, S.D. 65, Scottsbluff 43

Sidney 54, Brush, Colo. 33

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Lincoln Christian 48, Hastings St. Cecilia 45

Central Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Crete 62, Grand Island Northwest 18

Consolation=

Aurora 46, Seward 39

Columbus Lakeview 38, Holdrege 29

Lexington 44, Schuyler 8

Third Place=

Adams Central 55, York 49

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

Fifth Place=

Omaha Nation 74, Crazy Horse, S.D. 45

ECNC Tournament=

Auburn 44, Conestoga 30

Louisville 44, Johnson County Central 26

Mead 50, Palmyra 45

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=

Amherst 39, Hi-Line 35

Ansley-Litchfield 53, Axtell 34

Hiawatha Tournament=

Fifth Place=

St. Mary's, Kan. 40, Falls City 33

Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament=

First Round=

Bloomfield 47, Wausa 37

Hartington-Newcastle 51, Creighton 46

Homer 48, Randolph 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 59, Winside 12

Ponca 78, Walthill 29

Wakefield-Allen 57, Osmond 39

Winnebago 70, Emerson-Hubbard 30

Wynot 58, Plainview 18

MNAC Tournament=

Championship=

South Loup 51, Mullen 39

Third Place=

Anselmo-Merna 59, Cody-Kilgore 46

Nebraska Capitol Conference=

Championship=

Syracuse 56, Wahoo 53

Third Place=

Platteview 46, Arlington 27

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Championship=

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 58, Heartland Christian, Iowa 29

Fifth Place=

Cedar Bluffs 55, Whiting, Iowa 45

Third Place=

Boys Town 34, College View Academy 29

Niobrara Valley Conference=

Boyd County 41, St. Mary's 18

Elgin Public/Pope John 50, Niobrara/Verdigre 24

Neligh-Oakdale 71, Santee 42

Summerland 50, West Holt 18

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

Championship=

Cambridge 57, Dundy County-Stratton 43

Third Place=

Maywood-Hayes Center 40, Southern Valley 32

Southwest Conference=

Championship=

Broken Bow 44, Ogallala 35

Third Place=

Ainsworth 58, Gothenburg 50

Twin Valley Conference=

Deshler 40, Harvard 35





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Lincoln – Haanif Cheatham had 15 points and eight boards to lead three Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska could not sustain a strong start in a 76-64 loss to No. 24 Penn State Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska raced out to an early 9-2 lead and hit its first five field goals, as Cheatham scored 10 of the Huskers' first 13 points as Nebraska jumped out to an early 13-7 lead. The Huskers (7-15, 2-9 Big Ten) led 20-18 after a Thorir Thorbjarnarson 3-pointer, but the Nittany Lions ran off nine straight points to take a 27-20 lead.

The Huskers kept fighting, as Dachon Burke Jr. scored seven straight points as part of a 9-2 run, as the Huskers pull within 31-30 with 4:21 left in the half. NU, which shot 38 percent in the first half, was within striking distance, as Thorbjarnarson's 3-point play with 46 seconds left made it 38-33 at the break.

Penn State took control by scoring the first eight points of the second half and used a 22-6 spurts in the first seven 7:12 to build a 60-39 lead. Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins combined for 13 of the Nittany Lions points

Stevens and Myreon Jones had 13 points each to lead four Nittany Lions in double figures, while Watkins had 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the winners, who picked up their second win in 10 games in Lincoln.

In addition to Cheatham, Thorbjarnarson had 12 points, while Burke Jr. added 11 markers for the Huskers.

Nebraska is off until next Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Huskers take on No. 18 Iowa in Iowa City. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.



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Lincoln - Nebraska played arguably its best first half of the season to take a 15-point halftime lead, but the Huskers scored a season-low 19 points in regulation in the second half as visiting Ohio State stormed back to force overtime before escaping with an 80-74 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 15-7 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State improved to 12-9 overall and 5-5 in the league.

Kate Cain notched her fourth double-double of the season - all in the Big Ten - with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while adding 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career highs with 13 points, three blocks and two steals to help the Huskers inside. Senior guard Hannah Whitish added a team-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals. 

Whitish's third three-pointer of the game came with 3:13 left in overtime to put Nebraska on top 73-72, before Bourne added a free throw to put the Huskers up 74-72 30 seconds later. But the Buckeyes closed the overtime on an 8-0 run over the final 1:06. Forward Aaliyah Patty converted a three-point play with 1:06 left to put OSU back in front 75-74, before Braxtin Miller added a three-pointer with 34.5 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a 78-74 edge. Dorka Juhasz closed the scoring with two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the win.

Juhasz (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Patty (12 points, 12 rebounds) both produced double-doubles, while Miller scored all of her game-high 17 points after halftime. She added a team-high four assists. Kierstan Bell gave Ohio State three players with double-doubles, closing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, while Rebeka Mikulasikova rounded out five Buckeyes in double figures with 13 points.

For the game, Ohio State hit just 33 percent (29-88) of its shots from the field, but its 88 field goal attempts were nine more than any other team attempted against Nebraska this season. The Buckeyes yanked down 25 offensive rebounds, including 18 in the second half, to finish with an opponent season-high 64 rebounds. The Buckeyes converted their offensive rebounds into 20 , including 18 in the second half.

Ohio State also won the turnover battle, 18-14, but the Huskers outscored the Buckeyes 14-11 in points off turnovers for the game.

Nebraska finished the game at 33.3 percent from the field (23-69), but went just 6-for-38 (.158) after halftime. NU went 2-for-13 from three-point range after halftime, after knocking down 6-of-10 threes in the first half to help build a 15-point halftime lead.

Nebraska tied its season high with 49 points, despite trailing 17-10 early after three-pointers by Buckeye posts Juhasz, Patty and Mikulasikova. Those three accounted for 15 of OSU's first 17 points.

But the Big Red rallied in a big way. Trailing 23-20 with 52 seconds left in the first quarter, the Huskers got a layup from Cain and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Whitish to take a 25-23 lead to the second quarter. The 25 first-quarter points were the most scored by the Huskers in an opening period this season and the most allowed by the Buckeyes in the first quarter.

Whitish hit another three to open the second quarter and a steal and layup by Nicea Eliely pushed NU's margin to 30-23 just 48 seconds into the second quarter to cap a 10-0 Husker run that took just 1:25 of game action. Eliely's score also forced an Ohio State timeout.

OSU's Bell answered with a three with 8:08 left in the half, before back-to-back buckets for Sam Haiby and Whitish extended NU's lead to 34-26. A Mikulasikova three with 7:16 left cut the margin back to five, but Bourne and fellow freshman Trinity Brady answered with seven straight points to extend Nebraska's margin to double digits for the first time at 41-29 with 4:52 left in the half and force another Buckeye timeout.

The Huskers extended the margin on three free throws by Bourne and Whitish to take a 44-29 lead, and the Big Red maintained the 15-point lead at the half. The 24 points scored by Nebraska in the second quarter were the most allowed by the Buckeyes in a second period this season.

Nebraska hit 17-of-31 first-half shots (.548), including 6-of-10 threes and 9-of-11 free throws. The Huskers also out-rebounded the Buckeyes 21-20 in the half and were even in turnovers, outscoring OSU 11-4 in points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

After an explosive first half, Nebraska did not hit a field goal for the first six minutes of the third quarter, as Ohio State outscored the Huskers 14-4 to cut the NU margin to 53-48. Ohio State pulled within three on five straight points from Miller to cut the margin to 56-53, before the Huskers headed to the fourth quarter with a 59-53 lead. Nebraska maintained a six-point lead despite hitting just 1-of-12 shots and 0-for-7 threes in the third period.

Nebraska led 61-53 after a putback by Cain on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, but a 6-0 Ohio State run narrowed the gap to two points for the first time since the end of the first quarter for the Buckeyes.

The Huskers pushed the margin back to six on a three-pointer by Eliely with 3:22 left, but the Huskers went scoreless the rest of regulation. Trailing 68-64, Ohio State got a steal and layup from Bell before her shot with one minute left closed the scoring in regulation, tying the game for the first time since the tip.

Nebraska will try to get back on a winning track against nationally ranked Iowa on Thursday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is set for 7 p.m.




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Tommy Gunz
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