Huskers Rally to Top Hoosiers, 60-55
Lincoln – It was a tale of two halves, as Nebraska overcame a 16-point deficit with a 60-55 win over Indiana Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) overcame a 13-point halftime deficit by shooting 52 percent in the second half to outscore Indiana, 41-23, over the final 20 minutes.
Terran Petteway led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, including 13 in the second half to lead Nebraska to its second straight Big Ten win. Nebraska outscored Indiana, 20-8 in the opening seven minutes of the half to erase the deficit and made the plays down the stretch to win.
Trailing 40-29, Petteway’s 3-pointer and a four-point play from Ray Gallegos highlighted a 10-0 surge that pulled Nebraska within 40-39 after a Petteway jumper with 13:01 left.
Nebraska trailed 46-43 after Evan Gordan’s jumper with 8:03 left, but took control with an 8-0 spurt keyed by one of the most unlikely contributors. Freshman Nathan Hawkins, making his first appearance since Jan. 4, tied the game with his second 3-pointer of the season before a pair of Shields free throws with 6:57 left gave the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes of the night. Pitchford then capped the run with a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Huskers 51-46 lead.
Indiana, which shot 45 percent but committed 19 turnovers, fought back and was within 51-50 with 4:40 left before Shields, who finished with 11 points and career bests in both assists (four) and steals (four) hit a driving layup. Petteway then hit a long 3-pointer that staked Nebraska a 56-50 lead with 2:05 left.
Indiana would pull to within three, at 58-55 on a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer with 48 second left, but the Huskers hit just enough free throws in the final minute to improve to 10-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Pitchford and Gallegos finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Huskers. Ferrell led three Hoosiers in double figures with 14 points and five assists.
In the first half, the Huskers struggled at times, shooting 34 percent and were out-rebounded 20-8 as Indiana took a 13-point lead into the locker room.
Nebraska jumped to a 7-2 lead behind five quick points from Pitchford, but Indiana came right with a 12-0 run of their own, taking a 14-7 lead on Stanford Robinson’s jumper. Robinson had seven of the Hoosiers’ first 14 points.
Nebraska started chipping away, using a 7-1 run to pull within 15-14 after Terran Petteway’s first basket of the night and were within 17-17 before Indiana regrouped. The Hoosiers, who went over seven minutes without a field goal, ended the drought, as Ferrell and Robinson both banked in 3-pointers to start a 15-0 Indiana run. Indiana eventually built its largest lead at 32-16 after a Ferrell layup before Petteway’s conventional 3-point play put Nebraska within 13 and ended the Hoosier run.
The Huskers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 5, when Nebraska travels to Michigan. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
*-Nebraska improves to 10-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena and has won 12 of its last 13 home games dating back to last season
*-The 16-point deficit is the largest Nebraska has overcome this season and second-largest deficit overcome under Tim Miles. The largest was 19 points against Iowa last season.
*-Nebraska has won two of the past three meetings with Indiana, overcoming double-digit second-half deficits in both. Two years ago, Nebraska trailed by 13 in the second half and won 70-69.
*-Nebraska’s win tonight marks the first time the Huskers won consecutive games in conference since joining the Big Ten.
*-Shavon Shields set career highs in both steals (four) and assists (four)
*-Indiana’s 15-0 run is the largest by a Husker opponent this season (UMass). Indiana also had a 12-0 run earlier in the first half.
*-Nebraska’s 19-point first half is the Huskers; lowest first-half total of the season.
*-Terran Petteway has been in double figure for the 17th straight game, the longest streak since Aleks Maric had 17 spanning the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Petteway also tied his season high with three assists.
*-The Huskers are 10-2 in games decided by five points or less over the last two seasons.