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.
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Allen 61, Winside 18
Arcadia-Loup City 64, Ansley-Litchfield 58
Auburn 66, Syracuse 33
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 82, Wisner-Pilger 56
Battle Creek 67, Neligh-Oakdale 29
Bayard 48, Leyton 41
Bertrand 61, Blue Hill 52
Bishop Neumann 58, Yutan 49
Bloomfield 60, Santee 51
Boys Town 61, Parkview Christian 42
Broken Bow 52, Ord 41
Cambridge 55, Arapahoe 25
Central Valley 66, Elkhorn Valley 55
Crete 55, York 33
Cross County 54, East Butler 38
Deshler 88, Heartland 72
Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Thayer Central 44
Dorchester 48, Hampton 39
Elgin Public/Pope John 44, CWC 37
Elkhorn Mount Michael 66, Omaha Concordia 40
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Johnson County Central 42
Falls City 66, Conestoga 56
Falls City Sacred Heart 68, Diller-Odell 17
Fillmore Central 57, Sandy Creek 21
Franklin 62, Thunder Ridge, Kan. 52
Fullerton 71, St. Edward 22
Gretna 60, Omaha North 33
Hartington Cedar Catholic 77, Homer 55
Hartington-Newcastle 71, Wausa 41
Hastings 45, Adams Central 42
Hay Springs 51, Minatare 33
Hitchcock County 66, Cheylin, Kan. 31
Humphrey St. Francis 41, Aquinas 40
Johnson-Brock 68, Friend 30
Kearney Catholic 61, Centura 29
Kenesaw 62, Red Cloud 36
Lawrence-Nelson 54, Harvard 42
Lincoln Lutheran 46, Archbishop Bergan 43
Lincoln Pius X 62, Elkhorn 43
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Clarkson/Leigh 27
Lutheran High Northeast 69, Creighton 66
McCook 64, Crofton 52
McCook Central/Montrose, S.D. 64, Crofton 52
McCool Junction 62, Exeter/Milligan 48
Millard North 61, Papillion-LaVista South 56
Morrill 37, Hemingford 21
Nebraska Lutheran 60, Nebraska Christian 58
Niobrara/Verdigre 41, West Holt 40
Norfolk Catholic 67, Guardian Angels 66
North Bend Central 64, Tekamah-Herman 25
North Central 48, Colome, S.D. 38
North Platte 33, Cozad 32
North Platte St. Patrick's 60, Dundy County-Stratton 45
Northern Valley, Kan. 65, Alma 56
O'Neill 59, Plainview 47
Omaha Central 73, Millard West 70
Omaha Nation 106, Walthill 99
Omaha Roncalli 70, Bennington 60
Omaha Skutt Catholic 76, Glenwood, Iowa 46
Omaha Westside 81, Kearney 69
Overton 63, Wilcox-Hildreth 33
Papillion-LaVista 60, Omaha Burke 39
Paxton 56, Hershey 33
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 85, Kimball 48
Plattsmouth 56, Arlington 41
Ralston 79, South Sioux City 66
Randolph 74, Emerson-Hubbard 29
Raymond Central 52, Louisville 46
Seward 38, Fairbury 27
Sioux County 39, Crawford 21
South Loup 50, Anselmo-Merna 43
South Platte 57, Maywood-Hayes Center 54
Southern Valley 53, Gibbon 37
St. Mary's 70, Boyd County 57
St. Paul 68, Ravenna 59
Stuart 51, Ainsworth 40
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 66, Twin Loup 26
Sutton 41, Wilber-Clatonia 38
Tri County 57, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50
Wahoo 77, Columbus Scotus 39
Wallace 73, Southwest 41
Wauneta-Palisade 64, Rawlins County, Kan. 32
West Point-Beemer 65, Madison 62
Winnebago 69, Wakefield 58
Wynot 42, Irene-Wakonda, S.D. 40
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Ainsworth 59, Stuart 53
Arcadia-Loup City 64, Ansley-Litchfield 58
Arlington 47, Plattsmouth 37
Ashland-Greenwood 45, Conestoga 29
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 63, Wisner-Pilger 43
Battle Creek 71, Neligh-Oakdale 32
Bayard 40, Leyton 39
Bennington 68, Omaha Roncalli 52
Blair 52, Nebraska City 27
Bloomfield 66, Santee 49
Blue Hill 41, Bertrand 23
Boyd County 58, St. Mary's 29
Boys Town 37, Parkview Christian 13
Broken Bow 49, Ord 38
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 59, Meridian 38
CWC 72, Elgin Public/Pope John 42
Cambridge 64, Arapahoe 33
Centennial 45, Yutan 42, OT
Clarkson/Leigh 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 26
Columbus Scotus 43, Columbus Lakeview 40
Crawford 44, Sioux County 31
Crete 51, York 31
Cross County 42, East Butler 32
Dorchester 47, Hampton 42
Elkhorn Valley 54, Central Valley 35
Elm Creek 50, Hi-Line 44
Elmwood-Murdock 40, Johnson County Central 20
Exeter/Milligan 62, McCool Junction 24
Fairbury 35, Seward 24
Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Diller-Odell 44
Fillmore Central 57, Sandy Creek 21
Fullerton 68, St. Edward 36
Garden County 34, Hyannis 18
Gretna 63, Omaha North 27
Guardian Angels 58, Pender 46
Hartington-Newcastle 52, Wausa 37
Hastings 45, Adams Central 42
Heartland 52, Deshler 27
Hershey 48, Paxton 32
Hitchcock County 54, Cheylin, Kan. 46
Homer 52, Hartington Cedar Catholic 48
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 55, Tri County 48
Humphrey St. Francis 54, Aquinas 31
Irene-Wakonda, S.D. 52, Wynot 43
Johnson-Brock 52, Friend 15
Kearney Catholic 63, Centura 50
Kenesaw 47, Red Cloud 19
Lawrence-Nelson 43, Harvard 13
Lincoln North Star 57, Omaha Northwest 55
Lincoln Pius X 66, Elkhorn 39
Louisville 52, Raymond Central 30
Lutheran High Northeast 60, Creighton 44
Maxwell 46, Sutherland 23
Maywood-Hayes Center 42, South Platte 28
Millard North 50, Papillion-LaVista South 38
Millard West 70, Omaha Central 58
Minatare 47, Hay Springs 39
Morrill 47, Hemingford 38
Nebraska Christian 57, Nebraska Lutheran 34
Nebraska City Lourdes 72, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 35
North Bend Central 59, Tekamah-Herman 23
North Central 68, Colome, S.D. 22
North Platte 56, Cozad 20
North Platte St. Patrick's 50, Dundy County-Stratton 44
O'Neill 73, Plainview 34
Oakland-Craig 45, Archbishop Bergan 34
Ogallala 68, Gothenburg 51
Omaha Gross Catholic 56, Omaha Concordia 26
Omaha Nation 75, Walthill 22
Osceola 44, High Plains Community 39
Overton 50, Wilcox-Hildreth 37
Papillion-LaVista 73, Omaha Burke 57
Perkins County 52, Creek Valley 38
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 58, Kimball 23
Platteview 48, Columbus 41
Randolph 53, Emerson-Hubbard 31
Rawlins County, Kan. 59, Wauneta-Palisade 45
Rawlins, Wyo. 59, Wauneta-Palisade 45
Sandhills Valley 48, Arthur County 46
Sidney 64, Alliance 24
Silver Lake 37, Shelton 30
South Loup 52, Anselmo-Merna 43
Southern 45, Lewiston 18
Southern Valley 51, Gibbon 38
Southwest 61, Wallace 54
St. Paul 63, Ravenna 42
Sterling 42, Freeman 36
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 43, Twin Loup 35
Sutton 45, Wilber-Clatonia 17
Syracuse 43, Auburn 31
Thayer Central 42, Doniphan-Trumbull 27
Thunder Ridge, Kan. 45, Franklin 28
Wahoo 41, Malcolm 22
Wayne 59, Omaha South 39
West Point-Beemer 58, Madison 17
Winnebago 73, Wakefield-Allen 58
MCC falls to 0-8 on the season and will travel to Dodge City Sunday for a pair of games starting at 1 p.m.
Colby will visit MCC Feb. 26 in a pair of games starting at 1 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.
Freshmen Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) and Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.) both singled to lead off the inning but Orr was retired on the bases. After an out and a hit batter, Sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) delivered a two-out, three-run homer to make it a 3-2 game.
Colby pushed across a run to tie the game in the sixth inning on a solo homer but MCC took a 4-3 lead in the seventh with two-out home run by freshman Sidney Sansregret, (Surrey, British Columbia).
Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) went six innings and allowed three hits, walked four and fanned three. After starting the seventh inning with a walk and a hit batter, was relieved by sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) and after a strikeout, three straight walks gave Colby the win.
Sansregret, Hollands and Orr all had two hits each as the Lady Indians out-hit Colby 9-3.
After averaging five errors per game to start the season, MCC was not charged with an error in the game – nor in Game 2.
The Trojans scored three more runs in the second to take a 7-6 lead but MCC tied the game with a run in the third.
Colby was able to keep the lead for good with five runs in the third inning and ended the game with five runs in the sixth inning.
MCC had 11 hits in the game including two each from, Sidney Sansregret, Kassandra Orr, Karleigh Kleinknecht and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy).
Fye went 2.2 innings in the circle. Kleinknecht came on for 2.1 innings of relief allowing one earned run, and Anna Wilcox pitched the sixth inning for MCC.
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The Murrieta, Calif., native was spectacular in Nebraska's opening weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M last weekend. Edwards started all five games and led the team at the plate going 7-for-16 (.438) with nine runs and five RBIs. She drew five walks to finish with an on-base percentage of .550 and slugged 1.313 with two doubles and four homers. The four home runs brings her career total to 35 which is tied for sixth in school history. Additionally, her six extra-base hits on the weekend brings her career total to 70 which ranks eighth in school history. As a team, Nebraska went 3-2 on the weekend beating UTEP twice and Bradley. The Huskers fell to New Mexico State and No. 20/24 Arkansas.
Edwards and the Huskers are back in action on Feb. 14 when they take on Georgia Tech on Feb. 14 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT. A live radio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
Big Ten Weekly Awards – Feb. 10
Player: Tristen Edwards, Sr., OF, Nebraska
Pitcher: Sydney Sickels, So., P, Illinois
Freshman: Avery Clark, DP, Ohio State
Schanaman, a right-hander from Grand Island, Neb., is one of 70 players on the list. During his first year at Nebraska in 2019, he came out of the bullpen 19 times, tied for the third-most appearances on the team. Schanaman tossed 22.2 innings and compiled a 1-2 mark with a 3.18 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
He earned three saves, second-most on the team behind closer Colby Gomes (13). Schanaman didn't allow an earned run in his first 10 outings, which spanned a total of 9.1 innings.
Nebraska has had a pitcher reach double-digit saves in each of the last six seasons after no Husker pitcher reached the 10-save milestone during the previous seven seasons. As a team, NU has recorded double-digit saves for nine consecutive seasons, including seven straight seasons of 15-or-more saves.
Kearney, Neb. – The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals got a strong relief outing by sophomore Taylor Franco and hits from five different players to down Nebraska-Kearney, 5-4, Saturday evening in Texas.
The game was part of the Lubbock Sports Collegiate Invitational. Earlier on Saturday UNK (2-2) lost to former RMAC rival Colorado-Colorado Springs, 8-4.
LCU (7-0), already with two wins over Top 25 squads, saw Franco (4-0) pick up the win as she allowed one earned run over the final four innings. At the plate the Chaps scored two in the first and three in the fourth to remain undefeated.
The Lopers, finishing with six hits, jumped up 2-0 as senior shortstop Kaitlyn Johnson (Kearney) belted a two out, two-run shot to left in the top of the first. She now has three dingers this year after having two over the previous three seasons.
Kearney got a sac fly by redshirt junior designated player Nicole Spykstra (Chandler, Ariz.) in the third and took advantage of an LCU error to score again in the fifth. However the Lopers stranded the tying run at third in that inning and then went in order in the sixth and seventh. Overall Lincoln sophomore left fielder Carlee Liesch and Missouri senior center fielder Alexis Ray both went 2 for 4 with Lincoln sophomore Kelsey Goodban tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
UCCS (1-3) used a four-run second and a three-run fifth to open up a 7-2 lead. A nine-hit attack saw the eight and nine hole hitters, first baseman Peyton Reisman and right fielder Bryn Horton, go a combined 4 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Brianna Santos had a two out, three-run triple in the second with all of the Mountain Lion runs in the fifth being of the unearned variety.
The Lopers had eight hits and drew four walks but left nine runners on base. Johnson (1 for 1) hit a two-run homer to center in the sixth with Spykstra and Elkhorn sophomore second baseman McKenna Becker each collecting a hit and RBI. In the circle Goodban allowed no earned runs in three innings of relief work.
UNK faces the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers and New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls on Sunday.