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Iowa City, Iowa - Nebraska hit less than 33 percent of its shots from the field, as No. 20 Iowa pulled away in a 76-60 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

While Nebraska struggled to make open shots, Iowa hit 45.2 percent of its attempts from the floor, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from three-point range. The Huskers hit just 8-of-30 threes on the day, and just 22-of-67 field goals. 

Nebraska slipped to 15-8 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes improved to 19-4 and 10-2 in the conference.

Husker sophomore Leigha Brown led the Big Red with 20 points off the bench, including 14 in the first half. Senior Hannah Whitish added 14 points and five assists. Kate Cain finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

Monika Czinano led Iowa with 23 points and eight boards, while senior point guard Kathleen Doyle added 15 points and 15 assists. Fellow senior Amanda Ollinger contributed a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Alexis Sevillian added 11 points, including a trio of threes.

In a possession game throughout the first half, Iowa took a 35-32 lead to halftime on a three-pointer by Doyle with 49 seconds left to close the scoring. Both teams struggled to score early before Iowa scored five straight points, but Nebraska answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Brown and Isabelle Bourne to give the Huskers a 6-5 lead. Iowa regained a 13-9 lead, but Brown scored four points in the final 1:06 of the first quarter to send the teams to the second period tied at 13.

Makenzie Meyer opened the second quarter with a three for Iowa, before the Huskers put together an 8-0 run capped by a Cain layup to give the Huskers a 21-16 lead with 7:02 left in the half. Cain and Brown combined to scored Nebraska's final 13 points of the half, but the Hawkeyes still went to the half with the lead. Brown led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench in the first half, while Cain added eight points and four rebounds.

In the half, Nebraska hit just 34.3 percent (12-35) of its shots from the field, including 4-of-13 threes (.308), while going 4-of-7 (.571) at the line. The Huskers won the first-half turnover battle 9-3, while Iowa out-rebounded NU, 22-20. The Hawkeyes shot a solid 48.4 percent (15-31), including 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range, but went 0-for-2 at the line. Czinano led Iowa with 14 points, while Alexis Sevillian contributed eight points, and Doyle pitched in five points and eight assists.

Iowa gained control in the third quarter, going 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-4 from three-point range while hitting all four of its free throws. Doyle led Iowa in the quarter with seven points, while Czinano added six and McKenna Warnock contributed five points. The Hawkeyes outscored the Huskers 22-13 in the period, as the Big Red went just 5-for-15 from the floor, including 2-for-10 from long range.

Nebraska went to the fourth quarter trailing 57-45 and could not get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

The Huskers return to Big Ten home action this Sunday when they take on No. 18 Indiana. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m on Play4Kay day at Pinnacle Bank Arena.




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UNDATED (AP) —Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated 12-player, three-draft-pick trade that was approved by the league yesterday. The Rockets got Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota, plus Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta received centers Capela and Nenê (neh-NAY’) from Houston.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees lefty James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton's approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months. The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

UNDATED (AP) — The SEC had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans yesterday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager. The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn't receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown before working for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was party time in Kansas City yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills to celebrate the team's first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.




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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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The McCook Community College baseball team begins the season Friday in Dallas taking on North Lake College in a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday. Coach Jon Olsen enters his 20th year as a junior college head coach and his 14th with MCC. This season brings a new assistant coach, a pitching staff gaining the notice of big league scouts, and 14 players from Puerto Rico, Australia and Canada.

Olsen said that he has relied heavily on his assistant coaches for recruiting – including former assistant Pat Robles, who came in the fall of 2018, and was responsible for reaching out to many players on the roster including those in Australia, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. In December, Robles accepted a job as a pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in their minor league system. Kregg Snook was named assistant coach, and will work with pitchers and lead the recruiting efforts for next season. He was previously at Arizona Western College.

“Our roster, maybe has a little different makeup this year, but the bottom line is that we have really good kids who want to work and I’ve been happy so far with what I’ve seen,” Olsen said.

The 37-man roster compiled a team grade-point average of 3.24, which is the second best academic semester in Olsen’s tenure.

“I’m definitely really proud of the work the guys put into the classroom, and also want to give a thanks to the staff in the student success center. The new student success center itself has also made a big impact on academic success across the board.”

Much of the optimism for the 2020 season on the field comes from the experience and the depth of a pitching staff that led Region IX (The Empire League) in pitching a season ago with a 4.85 ERA. In 349 innings, the Indians allowed the fewest hits in the league (331) and struck out a league-leading 10.26 hitters per game.

Continuing that momentum, four MCC pitchers were part of the Region IX Sophomore All-Star Baseball game in October in Arizona where they combined to strike out 13 of the 20 batters they faced. Two have already committed to NCAA Division I schools and another at an NAIA school.

That quartet includes Isaac Vargas, a 6-2, 225-pound lefthander from Greeley Central High School in Colorado; Braden Babcock, 6-3, 225-pound lefthander from Oshawa, Ontario; Yasnier Laureano, 6-5, 205 right-hander from Anderson S.C., and Anthony Kingsbury, 6-1, 210-pound right-hander from Gatineau, Quebec.

“Braden and Isaac are both at the top end of our rotation and both already signed DI and they have greatly improved from last year so I’m super excited,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

Vargas was named to the All-Region IX second team as a freshman last year as well as the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska JUCO team. He went 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and a save. In 73 innings pitched, he struck out 98 hitters. His ERA was sixth best in the region. He has signed on to play at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (NCAA Division 1).

Babcock, another lefty pitcher, received honorable mention on the Omaha World Herald's All-Nebraska JUCO team. He was second on the squad in innings pitched with 58.2. He went 4-5 on the season with a 3.53 ERA and a complete game. He struck out 64, allowed 58 hits and walked 30. He’s committed to playing at Southern Illinois, (NCAA Division 1). Babcock was also recently named to the "Perfect Game" Top 300 Junior College Prospect for the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft. He ranks at No. 97.

The two other sophomores who pitched in the all-star game – Laureano and Kingsbury -- look to shore up the back of the bullpen.

Laureano appeared in nine games last year, threw 9.1 innings, struck out 12 and walked 23. In Arizona, he drew attention from major league scouts with his pitch velocity consistently in the 90-94 mph range. He will continue his baseball career at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. an NAIA school.

“Yas is greatly improved and has been lights-out, He will play a huge role in the bullpen, and we’re looking for a strong year from Anthony,” Olsen said.

Kingsbury got hurt last spring but did appear in nine games with a 1-1 record in 24.1 innings, allowing 23 hits walking 22 and striking out 22.

Sophomore Connor McGonigal (5-10, RHP, 175/Omaha Burke) is coming off an injury that sidelined him all of last season but was in the starting rotation as a freshman and has come back strong according to Olsen and has the chance to be a mid-week starter or pitch in the bullpen. Sophomore Victor Santiago (5-9, RHP, 180/Caguas, Puerto Rico) appeared in seven games, pitching 9.1 innings with a 3.86 ERA, and is injured, but hoping to be back in the bullpen. Redshirt Ethan McKenna (6-3, RHP, 175/Lexington) has made huge strides and looks to pitch out of the bullpen. Redshirt Troy Shepherd (6-0, RHP, 200/McDowell, N.C.) also joins the MCC staff and looks be a bullpen guy as well.

The pitching staff has three sophomore transfers who look to get some pitching opportunities in: Jade Gordon (6-0, LHP, 190; Alvin, Texas/Frank Phillips College); Nick Wellman (6-0, RHP, 190; Quincy, Ill./Quincy Univ.); and Holden Hopkins (6-5, LHP, 215; Norman, Okla./Seminole State.)

A pair of Australian freshmen hurlers are off to a great start according to their coach. Jayden Bastow (6-0, RHP, 180 pounds) from Brisbane and Mitchell Driver (6-1, RHP, 200 pounds) from Sydney are both in the running to see significant roles in the rotation.

“They have made a really good showing, with a lot of promise,” Olsen said, “I’d say they are in-line to be our third weekend starter and one maybe a mid-week starter.”

Four other freshmen have been performing well in practice and will complete for innings this spring, according to the coach. They include: Alex Lozada (6-1, RHP, 200/San Juan, Puerto Rico); Charlie Walker (5-10, RHP, 185/Havana, Fla.); Rey Rivera (6-1, LHP, 155/Humacao, Puerto Rico); and Austin Mathews (6-0, RHP, 180/Clearwater, Fla.).

“I think our pitching staff will be one of strengths on team, we have good returners with a lot of experience and success,” Olsen said. “Braden, Issac, Yas and Tony all threw a lot last year, Connor McGonigal threw a lot two years ago, so we have experience, talent and we have added some really good pieces.”

 

Away from the pitching mound, only two position players return from the top 18 hitters from a season ago and one will change positions. Last season the Indians took 1,423 at bats. The current roster was only responsible for 279 of those at bats.

Sophomore Cade Wroot (6-4, 185, North Platte) started in right filed last season (and pitched in 11 games). He led MCC with nine home runs. In 144 at bats he batted .215 with 23 RBIs.

“Cade really made himself a solid defender,” Olsen said.

He will be joined in the outfield by sophomore transfer centerfielder Zane Watson (5-11, 185, The Woodlands, Texas/Blinn Community College) who Olsen said is a very good defender and athlete. There is still some competition in left field between Melwin Perez (5-7, 155, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.) who has been hurt, Caleb Eiguren (6-3, 185/Westminster, Colo.) who also catches, and the incumbent Trevor Pacheco (6-0, 185, Pueblo, Colo.) who will play some first base this year. Pachecco is MCC’s top returning hitter, batting .310 last season in 126 at bats with six doubles, four homers and 31 RBI’s – which also led the team.

“We plan to start Trevor at first, he’s our best returning hitter, so he’ll be a fixture at the third slot in the order and play some outfield for us too,” Olsen said. “He’s another player who has improved a ton.”

Newcomers Jaiden Holly (6-2, 190, Sydney, Australia), Ryan Nourse (6-0, 185, Centennial, Colo.) and Efrain Ruiz-Cortes (6-3, 195, Moca, Puerto Rico) are also looking to earn innings in the outfield. Sophomore transfer Mark Zhang (6-1, 210, Nicholls, Australia/ Bay College) will start the season backing up Pacheco at first base.

Olsen believes a trio of newcomers at the catching position will be another strength this season and will occupy the heart of a young batting order. In addition to Eiguren, who’s also vying for left field, the other catchers are Ricardo Hernandez (6-0, 210/Ponce, Puerto Rico), and Aiden Ferry (5-10, 185/Monroe, Wash.).

“All three are middle-of-the order hitters, and all three can really hit,” Olsen said. “It’s rare to have three catchers who are also three of the best hitters, but if they are not catching there’s a good chance they will be in the lineup somewhere either at catcher, left field or DH.”

Around the rest of the infield, MCC has little experience. At second base Anthony Nieves-Soto (5-8, 165, Nayaguez, Puerto Rico) has the inside track. Trey Tailiferio (5-9, 160, Coconut Creek, Fla.) is leading the field at shortstop and Pedro Perez (5-9, 190, Cidra, Puerto Rico) is expected to start the season at third base.

“We don’t’ have a ton of experience in the infield. I am super excited about what I’ve seen but we still have some question marks and we’ll see how everybody responds in games,” Olsen said.

Others vying for infield spots include: Avery Elkins (6-0, 150, Thornton, Colo.); Brandon Reynolds (5-9. 160, Monument, Colo.) and Elijah Munoz (5-9, 165, Big Spring, Texas).

The Empire League has seen numerous coaching changes the past couple years. This year there are new coaches this year at Otero, Lamar and Northeastern. A season ago, Southeast and Trinidad had new coaches.

MCC was 20-28 overall last spring and 16-20 in Region IX, finishing sixth in the Empire League, just four games back of three teams that tied for third place. Four teams advance to the Region IX tournament and MCC spent most of last season in contention for post-season play.

Olsen knows that while a lot can change from year-to-year, he expects the league to be competitive once again this season.

“It was extremely competitive last year from first through sixth, and not a lot of separation in the standings. I expect the same tough games from series to series,” Olsen said. “To be successful in Region IX you have to be ready to play every series.”

Weather permitting, the Indians’ home opener will be Feb. 18 against Colby Community College (3 p.m.), with home games continuing Feb. 26 against Garden City (3 p.m.), and the first home Empire League series Feb. 29-March 1 against Otero (1 p.m. starts both days).

For all the latest baseball news, statistics, rosters and schedules please visit the official site of MCC Indian Athletics at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball




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A Husker "insider" plans to give local Nebraska football fans an in-depth look at the NU program and the 2020 Husker recruiting class during a special presentation in McCook, Monday, Feb. 24th. Sean Callahan will speak to fans at the The Coppermill Steakhouse.
He will present video showing highlights of Nebraska's latest recruits, and he will speak on an array of topics covering the Husker football program, from Coach SCOTT FROST and his staff, to returning players and new recruits, THE Big Ten Conference, and he answers questions from the audience.

NU fans might recognize Callahan from his appearances on the "Big Red Wrap-Up" highlight show that airs on NET Television. Callahan appears on the show regularly, discussing all aspects of Husker football recruiting. Callahan has an inside view of the NU program. He runs and operates the Nebraska Rivals web side called Huskers Illustrated.com -- the largest web site that covers Nebraska football, Callahan said. He covers all aspects of Nebraska football for the web site, including game coverage, spring football and recruiting. He also appears daily as the Lincoln correspondent on Nebraska football radio programming with Gary Saddlemeyer and Jim Rose.

When: Monday February 24, 2020

Where: Coppermill Steakhouse , US HWY 83, McCook

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner @6:30pm, program to follow

Tickets $25 per person, includes diner and program

Purchase Tickets @ The Coppermill, Loops Brewing Company, and The Sport Shoppe

Tickets go on sale February 7TH. Limited seating is available, so get
your tickets before they are all sold.

Direct inquiries to: Coach Jeff Gross, 308-340-0755




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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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The McCook Community College volleyball team has signed a middle blocker for the 2020 season. Susanna “Suzy” Serena Cordova signed her national letter of intent Wednesday at her school, Poudre High School in Fort Collins.

MCC-VB Suzy Cordova signing“Suzy is going to be a great addition to our 2020 team,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “She is athletic, quick, and brings another power option for us in the middle.”

Cordova, 5-10, was a three-year starter, for the Impalas under Coach Michael Dumler at Poudre High School. She was named offensive player of the year and has two all-conference honorable mentions on her resume.

Over her three years in the lineup, she improved her kills per set each year from 0.7 in 2017 to 3.1 this past fall where she had 192 kills with a kill percentage of 37.4 percent and hit 21.2 percent. For her career she had 356 kills, 92 blocks (including 61 last season), and 169 digs and 31 service aces.

“I chose MCC because it helps me pursue my education and passion for volleyball,” Cordova said, and is looking to take her passion for sports and make it a career in some way.

She said what she is going to miss most about high school is her setter, Anna Mellizo Kroll.

“We had a bond that no one could replace. Whether we bumped heads on the court or off somehow we'd always manage to work things out,” Cordova said. “She always pushed me to play and be the best that I could and without her, I don't think I would've grown as much as an athlete or a person.”

“Suzy believes in our philosophy that we are not just a team, but we are a family,” Kobza said. “I think that is what will help us to be more successful next year; recruiting players that are here for each other and not just themselves.”

Cordova said her favorite quote comes from Walt Disney, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”





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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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STERLING, Colo. – Northeastern Junior College led wire-to-wire Tuesday and remain undefeated in Region IX south play with a 99-73 win over the McCook Community College men.

“We have to learn what it takes to be a real basketball player,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “It’s not about scoring, steals or dunks. It’s about rebounding, getting 50-50 balls, diving on the floor and all the little things.”

The Plainsmen led 50-30 at the half and outscored MCC 52-32 in the paint with five players scoring in double figures.

“This isn’t high school or AAU any more,” Drennan said. “This is a level where everyone is talented and all the little things that are not as cool or fun, are the difference between winning and losing.”

Sophomore transfer Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) Daytona State led all MCC scorers with 16 points, on a seven-for-eight night from the floor. Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) scored 15 points and led the Indians with seven rebounds. He was four-for-four from the field and six for nine from the free throw line.

Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario), a sophomore transfer from Moberly Area Community College put in 15 points, on a five-for-six night shooting from the field and four of five from the line. Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South High School/Nebraska) scored 12 points.

MCC shot 61.8 percent from the field, 41.7 percent on 12 3-point attempts and 26 of 35 from the free throw line.

The Plainsmen shot 66.1 percent from the field, made 11 of 24 3-pointers and made 10 of 15 free throws. NJC out-rebounded MCC 27-18

Northeastern improves to 17-6 overall and 7-0 in the south division of Region IX.

MCC falls to 9-13 and 1-6 in the south division.

On Friday MCC is back in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center to face Western Nebraska (15-7, 5-2), at 7:30 p.m. and then host Central Community College (13-10) Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out games to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities. MCC spring royalty will also be announced at that game.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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STERLING, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indians were unable to overcome a slow start Tuesday and dropped a 63-57 decision to Northeastern Junior College.

“Offensive rebounding really hurt us tonight,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We would play solid defense and then give up an offensive rebound.”

MCC trailed by 10 points in the first half and came back to close the game to 29-28 at the end of the first half.

“We didn't play very good for four quarters, but still managed to take a lead in the fourth quarter,” Pritchett said. “If we put together good quarters, we can be special.”

NJC sophomore Aleksandra Ratnikava (Minsk, Belarus) scored 30 points to lead all scorers.

Complete statistics for this game were available Tuesday night.

On Jan. 17 MCC beat Northeastern at home 82-71 on a night the Lady Indians made 16 of 31 shots from the 3-point line (51.6 percent). On Tuesday MCC was limited to five of 21 shots from distance (23.9 percent).

“We have to find our rhythm shooting the ball again,” Pritchett said. “We struggled tonight shoot the 3 and we didn't make free throws. We capitalize on those two things offensively and it might be a different outcome.”

NJC improves to 11-10 and 3-3 in Region IX south play.

MCC falls to 16-6 and 3-3 in the Region IX south division.

On Friday MCC is back in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center to face Western Nebraska 20-1, and ranked third nationally, at 5:30 p.m. and then host Central Community College (10-10) Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out games to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities. MCC spring royalty will also be announced at that game.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can’t make it to the home games follow all MCC home athletic contests on Tribe Watch at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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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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LAMAR, Colo. – The Lamar Community College men downed McCook Community College Friday night 92-82.

The two teams were tied at 35-35 with one minute left in the half when Lamar went on an 8-1 run to close out the half to lead 43-36 and rode the momentum with hot second-half shooting, out-scoring the Indians 12-0 from the 3-point line.

LeTre Darthard, freshman from Denton, Texas scored 21 points and six rebounds to lead MCC in both categories.

Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) sophomore transfer from Moberly Area Community College had 17 points and freshman Denzel Cummins (Oshawa, Ontario) scored nine points off the bench.

The Indians shot 53.8 percent in the first half, 47.8 percent in the second half and 51.0 percent for the game. From the 3-point line, MCC was three of 11 for the game for 27.3 percent and took 40 free throws, making 28 (70 percent).

The Running Lopes shot the ball from the field at 51.7 percent -- including a 16 of 27 performance from the second half (59.3 percent). That included going 10 of 19 from the 3-point line (52.6 percent). LCC was 22 of 29 from the foul line (75.9 percent).

Oscar Maldonado led the Lopes in scoring with 27 points including a five-for-nine night from the 3-point line.

On the boards, Laramie County held the edge 34-28.

MCC falls to 9-12 overall and 1-5 in the Region IX south division. Lamar improves to 12-10, and 3-1 in the south division.

MCC travels to Sterling, Colo., Tuesday to play Northeastern Junior College (16-6, 4-0 in Region IX south play heading into the weekend.)

On Friday MCC is back in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center to face Western Nebraska (14-7, 4-0), at 7:30 p.m. and then host Central Community College (13-10) Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out games to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities. MCC spring royalty will also be announced at that game.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College women’s basketball team rolled over Lamar Community College Friday, 74-42.

“I thought we came out and really guarded well tonight,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We didn't shoot it well in the first half but we forced Lamar to take contested shots.”

The Lady Indians held Lamar to 25-first half points and 22.6 percent shooting on 31 shots. MCC shot 38.5 percent but were able to take a 43-25 half-time lead.

“In the second half we executed better and took care of the ball,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians stepped it up and shot 52.3 percent in the second half and 44.9 percent for the game and scored the comfortable win despite making just six of 20 shots from the 3-point line (3T0 percent). MCC out-rebounded Lamar 52-41.

Defensively, the Lady Indians held Lamar to identical numbers in the second half – seven of 31.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) paced MCC offensively with 12 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots.

Freshman Niamh Kelshaw (Manchester, England) scored 11 points and picked up six rebounds.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 10 rebounds and scored seven points.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain), scored nine points had three assists and four rebounds.

“Everyone contributed tonight, this was a great team win especially on the road,” Pritchett said.

MCC improves to 16-5 and 3-2 in the Region IX south division.

The Runnin’ Lopes are 7-17 and 1-4 in the south sub-region.

The Lady Indians are right back on the road Tuesday for another key Region IX South tilt at Sterling, Colo., against Northeastern Junior College (10-9 headed into the weekend).

On Friday MCC is back in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center to face Western Nebraska 19-1, and ranked third nationally, at 5:30 p.m. and then host Central Community College (9-9) Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out games to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities. MCC spring royalty will also be announced at that game.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball




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SNYDER, Texas –The McCook Community College softball team wrapped up a four-game set in Texas Friday with a pair of losses to Vernon College 12-0 and 21-3.

MCC falls to 0-3 on the season and are scheduled to have their home opener Saturday against Garden City in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Vernon College 12, McCook CC 0 – In Friday’s opener the first six Chaparral batters reached base, scoring five times and added five more runs in the third inning.

Vernon College out-hit MCC 7-3 and the Lady Indians committed five errors in the game, started by freshman pitcher Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.) and relieved after four batters by sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School).

The Lady Indians got a double from sophomore Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.) and singles by freshmen Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) and Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.).

Vernon College 21, McCook CC 3 – The Chaps scored five times in the first, four times in the second and tallied 12 runs in the third to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Indians were charged with seven errors.

Frye, and fellow freshmen Lexee Johnson, (Delta, Utah) Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) split time on the pitching circle, allowing 13 hits, six walks and three strikeouts.

MCC had five singles in the second game, including a pair by sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta), and one each from sophomore Kassidy Powers, (Severance, Colo.), freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and freshman Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School).

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball




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