Lincoln - Brandon Ubel and Dylan Talley combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds, leading Nebraska to an impressive 64-49 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon.
Nebraska (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) relied on its seniors and turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season in snapping a three-game home losing skid.
Talley paced Nebraska with 20 points, while tying his season high with eight rebounds. The 6-foot-5 senior hit 8-of-15 shots from the floor in posting his fourth 20-point effort of the season and first in conference action. Talley also shined on the defensive end, holding Reggie Hearn, the Wildcats' leading scorer, to just six points on 2-of-11 shooting.
Ubel turned in another strong performance, as the Huskers were without Andre Almeida because of an injury suffered in practice earlier in the week. Ubel posted his fourth double-double of the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Ubel, who played 39 minutes, also dished out three assists and blocked a pair of shots. His 12 rebounds were one shy of his career high, but marked a career high for a league game.
While Talley and Ubel paced the offense, a collective team effort helped limit Northwestern to 49 points, the Wildcats' second-fewest points this season. Northwestern shot just 32.1 percent from the field - the lowest effort against Nebraska this season - including 6-of-29 from the three-point line.
The Wildcats relied on Dave Sobolewski for the majority of their scoring, as the sophomore poured in a season-high 21 points, accounting for nearly half of Northwestern's total points. Jared Swopshire had 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, but the Wildcats were out-rebounded 43-34.
Leading 34-22 at the half, the Huskers put together one of their most efficient halves of the season. Nebraska hit 13 of their 24 shots in the second half, shooting 54.2 percent from the field. Talley scored 10 points in the second half, while junior Ray Gallegos scored all 11 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
The Huskers led 35-31 before Gallegos keyed a decisive 11-4 run with a trio of 3-pointers in a span of 2:36, as Nebraska extended its lead to 46-34 on Ubel's jumper. The Wildcats (12-9, 3-5 Big Ten) were within 52-40 after a 3-pointer from Sobolewski, but Talley answered right back with a pair of jumpers and Nebraska kept the Wildcats at bay down the stretch.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday night, as the Huskers take on No. 12 Minnesota at 8 p.m. The game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN. Nebraska's next home game is against No. 14 Ohio State next Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. and tickets are available by calling Huskers.com or visiting 800-8-BIGRED.