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Huskers (13-9) (3-8) KenPom ranking #27 @2/4/19 - (#38 Pre-Season)Huskers Fall to No. 24 Maryland
Despite Isaiah Roby’s second double-double of the season, Nebraska fell to No. 24 Maryland, 60-45, Wednesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Roby was a bright spot for the Huskers (13-10, 3-9 Big Ten), finishing with 20 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Roby’s third career 20-point game was not enough, as Maryland held the Huskers to season lows in points (45) and field goal percentage (21.1). James Palmer Jr. added 12 points and went over 1,000 career points as the Huskers dropped their sixth straight game.
NU used an early 10-3 run to build a seven-point lead at 15-8, as Roby scored 12 of the Huskers’ first 15 points. The Huskers were unable to sustain the momentum, as Maryland went on a 15-0 run of its own, including 11 from freshman Jalen Smith, who had a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. In all, NU had just one field goal in the final 11:40 of the half and trailed 28-20 at the break.
Trailing 31-20, the Huskers made a charge with nine unanswered points, including six from Palmer, to pull within 31-29 after Palmer’s basket with 14:55 left. That basket made Palmer NU’s 30th 1,000-point scorer.
Maryland responded with a 10-1 run in the next two minutes to stretch their lead back to double digits at 41-30. Following the run, Thomas Allen nailed a three-pointer to trim the lead back to eight, but the Terps used a 14-2 surge to extend the lead to 20, at 55-35 with 6:22 to play.
The Huskers scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 13 at 55-42, but NU would get no closer, as Maryland improved to 18-6 overall and 9-4 in Big Ten play.
Nebraska held Maryland to 38 percent shooting, but were out-rebounded 53-42, as Bruno Fernando (13 points, 19 rebounds) and Smith (18 points, 11 rebounds) each produced a double-double
Nebraska returns to action on Saturday evening, when the Huskers travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game against No. 15 Purdue. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be carried on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.
Wed, 2/6 vs Maryland, (#20) (17-6) (8-4), @ PBA, 6:00pn CT, BTN
Huskers Return Home for No. 24 Terps
PACK 'THE VAULT' AND MAKE THE 'DIFFERENCE' - BEAT THE 'TERPS'!!!
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Huskers look to snap a five-game losing streak following a 71-64 loss at Illinois. The Huskers cut a 15-point second-half deficit to seven, but could not get the shots to drop in the closing minutes to pull closer. Nebraska got 22 from James Palmer Jr. to lead three players in double figures, as Tanner Borchardt and Thomas Allen added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Huskers out-rebounded the Illini, 50-36, and committed just 10 turnovers, but shot just 36 percent, including 3-of-23 from 3-point range.
One bright spot for the Huskers in the loss was the performance of Borchardt, who posted his first career double-double with career bests of 12 points and 18 rebounds. His 18 caroms, which included 11 offensive boards, were the most by a Husker in three seasons and the second-highest total in the Big Ten this season. Borchardt has grabbed eight or more rebounds in two of the last three contests.
Maryland comes off a 69-61 loss at No. 24 Wisconsin. The Terrapins led for most of the contest before the Badgers rallied in the last 10 minutes for the win.
Eric Ayala led Maryland with 18 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, while Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Maryland shot 56 percent in the first half, but Wisconsin held the Terrapins to 35 percent in the second half.
Maryland's strength is the inside game with sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith, as the duo helps Maryland out-rebound opponents by more than 10 rebounds per game. Fernando averages 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, as he ranks second in field goal percentage (.665) and blocked shots (2.0) and is third in rebounding. Smith, a McDonald's All-American, has been one of the Big Ten's top freshmen, averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. Cowan, a three-year starter, leads Maryland in scoring (16.7 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) while freshman guard Eric Ayala averages 9.2 ppg, including 48 percent from 3-point range.