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Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm captured a thrilling overtime victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Khristian Acosta and Connor McMenamin scored goals in regulation time, and Filip Forsmark netted his 7thgoal of the season in overtime to give the Storm a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tri-City returns home Friday night to host the Youngstown Phantoms, puck drop is set for 7:05pm.


Tri-City’s Khristian Acosta gave the Storm a lead just over three minutes into the opening period. Acosta’s goal was assisted by Benji Eckerle and was scored at the 3:25 mark of the 1st period. The Lumberjacks answered back with goals from Zack Nazzarett and Max Ellis at 16:56 and 18:56 of the 1st period. Despite being outshot 17-10 in the 1st period, Muskegon carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period.


No goals were scored in a penalty filled 2nd period, and the Storm trailed 2-1 entering the 3rd period. During the 2nd period, Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville left the game due to injury and was replaced by Jake Barczewski. Barczewski played the final 39:39 of the game and stopped all 11 Lumberjacks shots.


Connor McMenamin tipped a puck behind Muskegon goaltender Brandon Bussi to tie the game 2-2 with under five minutes to play in regulation. Zac Jones and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on McMenamin’s goal scored at 15:27 of the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 13-6 in the 3rd period and forced overtime on McMenamin’s late goal. In overtime, each team traded chances, but it was Tri-City’s Filip Forsmark who netted the game winning goal. Keaton Pehrson set up Forsmark’s game winning goal at 1:58 of the overtime period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 43-23 and skated away with a 3-2 overtime win in one of the season’s most thrilling games.


Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Youngstown Phantoms.


Lincoln - Hannah Whitish and Taylor Kissinger combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Nicea Eliely sparked the Huskers with five steals in the final period, as Nebraska stormed back from a nine-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play for a 63-57 women's basketball win over No. 23 Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday evening.

Freshman Sam Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., capped Nebraska's 25-11 fourth-quarter outburst with the game's final four points in the last 20 seconds to seal the win over the Golden Gophers. Haiby matched Minnesota's first-team All-Big Ten senior point guard Kenisha Bell for game-high scoring honors with 16.

Nebraska improved to 4-3 in the Big Ten and 9-9 overall with its first win over a top-25 opponent this season, while Minnesota slipped to 2-5 in the conference and 13-5 overall.

Nebraska, which trailed 46-38 at the end of three quarters, got its first three-pointer of the game from Kissinger to open the fourth quarter. The Huskers, who averaged 7.5 threes per game coming into the contest, were 0-for-7 from long range against the Gophers in the first 30 minutes.

However, Minnesota answered with baskets from Jasmine Brunson and Kenisha Bell to take its biggest lead at 50-41 with 7:47 to play. Haiby finished a layup to cut the margin before Whitish trimmed the lead to 50-45 with 6:24 left and force a timeout by Minnesota.

The Gophers then got their second three-pointer of the game, a right wing triple from Destiny Pitts to regain a 53-45 margin with six minutes left. That was the last field goal of the game for Minnesota, as Nebraska's 1-3-1 defense shut down the Gophers from the field the rest of the way and shut out Minnesota entirely for the last four minutes.

In fact, in the final six minutes Minnesota only got a missed three-pointer from Brunson with 3:52 left to the rim, as the Huskers forced five Minnesota turnovers and blocked two shots down the stretch. Eliely got four of her career-high six steals during the final six minutes, while Kissinger and Ashtyn Veerbeek both recorded big blocked shots for the Big Red.

Meanwhile, the Huskers answered with a three-point play from Kissinger with 5:48 left, followed by two three-pointers from Whitish and another three-pointer from Kissinger to tie the game at 57 and force another timeout by Minnesota with 3:03 left.

In the final three minutes, Minnesota got no shots to the rim while Whitish and Haiby combined to go 4-for-4 at the line and Haiby all but clinched the Husker victory with a strong drive and finish with 19.5 seconds left. Nebraska outscored the Gophers 18-4 in the final six minutes and 25-11 in the fourth quarter, while closing the game on a 12-0 run.

It was Nebraska's second fourth-quarter comeback to victory in Big Ten play, joining a 30-13 fourth-quarter outburst after trailing Michigan in the conference opener.

"Our team keeps fighting and they have shown their commitment to stick with it even when things might not be going that well," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams. "We know we can play a lot better basketball than we played today, but it was exciting in the fourth quarter when we hit some shots and the crowd got going. It was like a wave of excitement that everybody got caught up in."

While Haiby finished with 16 points to lead the Huskers, Whitish scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth period and Kissinger got all nine of her points in the game in the final period. Nebraska's leading scorer coming into the game, freshman Leigha Brown, also produced nine points in the first three quarters to keep the Huskers within striking distance. Veerbeek pitched in six points, five rebounds and a career-high-matching three blocks.

Nebraska held Minnesota to just 37 percent (20-54) shooting, including just 2-for-9 (.222) from three-point range. The Gophers also hit just 65.2 percent (15-23) of their free throws while committing 17 turnovers in the game.

The Huskers finished at 44 percent (22-54), including 8-for-13 (.615) in the fourth quarter. The Huskers went just 4-for-16 (.250) from beyond the arc, but 4-for-9 in the final period, and knocked down 83.3 percent (15-18) of their free throws. Nebraska committed 13 turnovers in the game, but just two in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nebraska's fourth-quarter eruption allowed the Huskers to overcome a season-worst 43-24 (-19) rebound margin. It was NU's first negative double-digit rebound margin of the season.

After a tight game throughout the first half, Minnesota took a 27-26 lead to the locker room at the half thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Irene Garrido-Perez. It was the first three of the game by either team.

The first half featured six ties and 15 lead changes with Nebraska building a pair of five-point leads, while Minnesota never led by more than a single point.

The Huskers, who led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed by just one at the half despite being out-rebounded 24-15 in the half and going without a first-half three.

Haiby and Veerbeek led the Huskers with six points apiece in the half, while Brown pitched in four points. Whitish, Kate Cain, Eliely and Maddie Simon each scored two points for the Big Red in the low-scoring half.

As a team, Nebraska hit just 36 percent (9-25) of its shots but did convert 8-of-9 free throws.

The Golden Gophers were led by 10 points from Bell on 3-of-10 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws. Pitts, who finished with 10 points, added five first-half points, while Annalese Lamke, who also finished with 10 points, pitched in four in the opening 20 minutes.

Minnesota hit 33.3 percent (10-30) of its first-half shots, including 1-of-5 threes, while converting 6-of-10 free throws. Minnesota committed eight turnovers, while forcing seven by the Huskers.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, as the Huskers play host to Northwestern. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now on


Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped the first game of a two game season series to the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight at the Viaero Center by a final score of 3-2. After falling behind 3-0 in the 2nd period, Tri-City netted two 3rd period goals but was unable to tie the game to forcer overtime. Brendan Budy and Connor McMenamin scored the Storm’s goals in Friday’s home loss to Muskegon. In the loss, Tri-City dropped to 2nd place in the USHL league standings and will host league leading Muskegon again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. With a win tomorrow, Tri-City would retake Muskegon for the top spot in the league standings. Puck drop for tomorrow’s Storm home game is set for 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 308-338-8144.


Muskegon got on the board halfway through the 1st period on a goal from Cam McDonald at the 9:32 mark of the period. McDonalds goal was unassisted and put the Lumberjacks out in front 1-0. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 12-9 in the 1st period and carried a 1-0 lead into the 2ndperiod. Muskegon scored its 2nd goal of the game less than four minutes into the 2nd period to increase the lead to two goals. Alex Gaffney’s goal scored at 3:43 of the 2nd period was his 9th of the year and was assisted by Owen Farris. Alex Yakovenko netted his 11thgoal of the season in the final minute of the period to push the Muskegon lead to three goals. Yakovenko’s goal at 19:13 of the 2nd period was assisted by Egor Afanasyev, and gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 lead. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 9 to 8 in the 2nd period.


The Storm got on the board at 11:52 of the 3rd period on Brendan Budy’s 3rd career goal. Budy’s 3rd period goal marked his 3rd consecutive game soring a goal, and the even strength marker brought the Storm back within two goals of the Lumberjacks lead. Zac Jones recorded his 21st assist of the 2018-2019 regular season on the goal. Tri-City added an additional goal at 18:35 of the 3rd period to cut the Muskegon lead to only one. Captain Connor McMenamin scored his 11th goal of the season off of a faceoff win from Brendan Budy and a shot from Ronnie Attard that created a rebound and scoring chance in front of Lumberjacks goaltender Brandon Bussi. The Storm outshout the Lumberjacks 14-2 in the 3rd period but fell by a final score of 3-2. Isaiah Saville made 20 saves on 23 shots in net for Tri-City. Tonight’s game marked only the 2nd time this season Tri-City has dropped back to back games.


Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in a home game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Abraham Lincoln, Colo. 88, Scottsbluff 86
Broken Bow 53, Valentine 37
Douglas County West 71, Arlington 48
Gering 73, Chadron 61
Guardian Angels 52, O'Neill 50
Ogallala 67, Alliance 64
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Hemingford 88, Sioux County 51
Morrill 60, Hay Springs 22
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ccd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ppd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ccd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Gordon/Rushville vs. Cody-Kilgore, ppd.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Northwest vs. Omaha Burke, ppd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.
Arlington 76, Douglas County West 26
Broken Bow 55, Valentine 30
Gering 41, Chadron 32
Hyannis 46, Arthur County 31
Milford 45, Elmwood-Murdock 35
Ogallala 46, Alliance 39
Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=
Crawford 36, Edgemont, S.D. 34
Morrill 33, Sioux County 26
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Perkins County 37, Sutherland 29
Hershey 55, Bridgeport 29
North Platte St. Patrick's 69, Chase County 37
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ppd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ccd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ppd.
Cody-Kilgore vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Johnson County Central vs. Auburn, ppd.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Burke vs. Fremont, ccd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Plattsmouth vs. Gretna, ccd.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.


Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball team fought hard Thursday night, but the Huskers could not overcome their worst shooting night of the season in a 70-64 loss to No. 6 Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Despite shooting just 32.8 percent from the field and hitting only 5-of-26 from the 3-point line, Nebraska was within striking distance in a game that featured 11 lead changes and six ties. The game was tied at 44 with 9:43 remaining, but Michigan State responded with a 7-0 run and never relinquished the lead.

The loss snapped Nebraska’s school-record-tying 20-game home winning streak, as the Huskers dropped to 13-5 on the season and 3-4 in Big Ten Conference play. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 24 points and eight rebounds, and the senior went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 13 points in his 100th career start, while Thomas Allen chipped in nine points and Glynn Watson Jr. had eight.

Cassius Winston led Michigan State with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Behind Winston, the Spartans (16-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) won their 11th straight game, set a school record with their 19th consecutive regular-season Big Ten Conference win and extended their school record with their 11th consecutive Big Ten road win.

Michigan State used the play of Winston and Nick Ward to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room, marking the first time the Huskers had trailed at halftime at home this season. Winston had 16 first-half points and three assists, while Ward added nine points and six rebounds. Copeland led NU with nine first-half points, but Nebraska shot just 28 percent from the field.

Nebraska trailed 15-11 before Watson keyed an 8-0 spurt with a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave the Huskers a 19-15 lead with 10:51 left in the first half. MSU responded with five straight points to regain the lead before Allen answered with a three to put NU on top 22-20. The Huskers stretched the lead to four on an Allen basket with 4:47 to play in the half, but that was the last field goal Nebraska would make in the half, as the Spartans closed the half on an 11-2 run, scoring the final seven points of the period to take a five-point lead at the half.

In the second half, Nebraska used a 6-0 run to grab a 36-35 lead five minutes into the period. Michigan State answered by scoring seven of the next nine points but the Huskers again fought back, tying the game at 44 on a pair of Palmer free throws with less than 10 minutes to play. But Michigan State put the game away with a 16-4 run over the next eight minutes, building a 60-48 advantage with 1:50 to play.

Nebraska did not give up, trimming the lead to as little as four at 68-64 with 14 second remaining, but Michigan State hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal their 11th consecutive win. In all, MSU went 16-of-18 from the foul line in the win.

The Huskers return to action on Monday night, as Nebraska travels to Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (central) and will be carried on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.


Champaign - Ashtyn Veerbeek erupted for a career-high 19 points to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska powered its way to a 77-67 Big Ten women's basketball road win at Illinois on Thursday night at the State Farm Center.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-3 in the Big Ten and 7-9 overall, while Illinois slipped to 1-5 in the conference and 9-8 overall.

Veerbeek, whose previous career high was 14 points, matched her career best through three quarters and pumped in five straight points including Nebraska's biggest shot of the night with a three-pointer with 1:39 left to push Nebraska's lead to 69-59. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, added eight rebounds and a block to propel the Huskers to their second Big Ten road win of the year.

Hannah Whitish, who finished with 12 points and seven assists without a turnover, helped the Huskers seal the win with four free throws in the final 1:30, while Leigha Jones and Taylor Kissinger each pitched in 10 points. Kate Cain added strong contributions with eight points and seven rebounds, while Sam Haiby added seven points, two assists and three steals off the bench.

Kayla Mershon, a freshman from Chanhassen, Minn., helped the Huskers get a win in her first career start by knocking down a first-half three and sealing the victory with Nebraska's final two points of the night at the line.

The Huskers, who led by as many as 14 points in both the first and fourth quarters, saw the Illini cut the margin to seven points with 2:35 left in the game, before Veerbeek buried a three to change the complexion of the game in the final two minutes.

It was Veerbeek's lone three of the contest and Nebraska's seventh of the game. The Huskers hit 31.8 percent of their threes (7-22), while Nebraska hit 47.2 percent (25-53) of its shots overall, while knocking down 20-of-28 (.714) of its free throws. NU forced 17 turnovers by Illinois and turned those into 15 points. Nebraska committed just 12 turnovers in the contest.

Illinois freshman Aerial Scott scored a career-high 23 points, including 4-of-9 threes, to keep the Illini within striking distance throughout the game after falling behind 19-5 midway through the first quarter. Alex Wittinger added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Cierra Rice pitched in 11 points off the bench.

For the game, Illinois hit 39.1 percent (25-64) of its shots, including 29.2 percent (7-24) from three-point range. The Illini knocked down just 10-of-17 free throws, but out-rebounded the Huskers 40-32 on the night. However, Illinois was only able to convert 15 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, while the Huskers got nine points of their five offensive boards on the night.

Nebraska jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and built its biggest lead at 19-5 after Whitish's second three-pointer with 3:25 left in the quarter. But the Illini heated up and cut the margin to 25-17 at the end of the quarter, despite six straight points from Brown to end the period for the Big Red.

The Huskers pushed the margin back to 12 points at 32-20 after a Mershon three with 5:57 left, but Illinois closed out the quarter strong to cut the deficit to 36-29 at the half.

Nebraska hit 48.3 percent (14-29) of its first-half shots, including 5-of-14 threes (.357), after shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) in the first quarter, including 66.7 percent (4-6) from long range. The Huskers committed just four turnovers in the half, while forcing five by the Illini that Nebraska turned into seven points. Brown and Veerbeek led the Big Red with eight first-half points apiece, while Kissinger added seven and Whitish six.

The Fighting Illini were held to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting, including 3-of-13 threes (.231). Illinois also went just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Scott led Illinois with 12 points off the bench in the half, including a pair of threes. The Illini did out-rebound Nebraska, 21-18, in the half.

Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Sunday to square off with No. 23 Minnesota. Tip-off between the Big Red and Golden Gophers is set for 5 p.m., and tickets are available now at

Kearney, Neb. – Wayne State transfer Alexis McAfee made a backdoor layup with three tenths of a second remaining in overtime to lift Washburn to a 62-60 win over Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (11-4, 6-0) have won nine in a row to move into sole possession of first place in the MIAA while the Lopers fall to 10-6 (3-4) and to 2-3 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Both teams came in among the national leaders in scoring defense, allowing less than 59 points per game. Neither squad led by more than five points all night and there was an unprecedented 17 lead changes and 13 ties. UNK shot 50% (24 of 48) from the field against the stingy WU defense but also committed a season-high 26 turnovers and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. The 'Bods won despite shooting 35% (25 of 69) from the field but sunk eight threes and tallied 15 points off those 26 Loper miscues.

A three from the top of the key by freshman Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) tied things up at 60 with 32 seconds left in the extra session. The 'Bods tallied the first four points in overtime to grab a 60-56 lead but freshman reserve guard Aspen Jansa (Wahoo Bishop Neumann) went one of two at the free throw line with 2:03 left to start the comeback.

After Holt's second triple of the night, Washburn called a timeout to advance the ball past half court. Star guard Reagan Phelan drove the lane with seconds remaining and was surrounded by the UNK defense. However, McAfee went back door from the right wing to tally the winner. The 5-9 guard and Kansas native finished with nine points, four assists and three steals. Phelan had a team-high 13 points as well as six dimes and five thefts.

"I feel for our kids. They competed and played hard and did everything they could at the very end but Washburn made a play," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "We do have some things to clean up. We didn't value basketball at times … we had 26 turnovers and lost by two."

The Lopers grabbed a 55-53 lead with 2:39 remaining in regulation after a layup by Crofton sophomore Kelsey Sanger. WU sunk about a minute later to regain the lead but Sanger went one of two at the line with 18 seconds left to knot things up once more. The 'Bods had two chances to win in the final five seconds but two shots didn't drop.

"Credit to them. They pressured us on the wing and got after us in the post in the second half," said Eighmey. "To give that much effort and to lose by two in overtime on a back cut with three tenths of a second left is tough. We'll learn from this and regroup."    

Four Loper starters reached double figures, led by Sanger and Elkhorn freshman post Brooke Carlson who had 16 apiece. They combined to go 12 of 22 from the field and also managed 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Next, Holt had 12 and four boards with South Dakota freshman guard Klaire Kirsch supplying 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Finally, Sanger, Holt and Kirsch each logged at least 40 minutes.

Besides Phelan and McAfee, Washburn got 12 points and three offensive caroms from Idaho State post transfer Nicole Murugarren and nine points in 17 minutes from Austin Peay State (Tenn.) transfer Shelbe Pggie.

UNK faces Emporia State on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets (12-4, 3-3) hit a three with 17 seconds left to hand No. 3 Fort Hays State its first loss of the year, 54-51.

Kearney, Neb. – Freshman reserve post Sevon Witt tallied a game-high 23 points in 20 minutes and the Washburn Ichabods got off to a fast start to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 89-58, Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (12-3, 5-1) improve to 8-0 in Lee Arena while the Lopers fall to 5-11 (0-7).

UNK got a free throw from Bellevue junior forward AJ Jackson two minutes into the game to lead 1-0 but Washburn scored the next 12 points. The Lopers misfired on 11 of its first 12 shots as the 'Bods opened up leads of 17-7 and 28-11. The teams combined to go just 1 of 17 from the three point line in the first half but WU tallied 28 points in the paint as well as 16 points off 11 Loper turnovers to lead 34-18 at the intermission. 

A couple of threes from Iowa junior forward Kyle Juhl helped UNK hang around early in the second half but the 'Bods went on a 13-6 run to open up a 58-38 lead with 8:54 to play. Fittingly, Witt capped things with two free throws. A 6-7, 220 freshman from Raytown, Mo., he came in averaging 7.1 points per game (85 points on the season) but made 9 of 11 shots and 5 of 8 free throws to reach his season-high total. Witt also had five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

All toll, Washburn tallied 59 of its points in the paint and had a 45-35 rebounding margin. Making just 6 of 21 three point shots, the 'Bods garnered 21 points off 15 UNK turnovers and had 51 bench points.

Besides Witt's unlikely heroics, WU got 10 points from freshman reserve guard Jalen Lewis and 16 points and eight boards from senior starting guard Tyas Martin. Senior guard Javion Blake, averaging just over 20 points per game, finished with a season-low five in 21 minutes of work.

Shooting 32% on the night, UNK saw Juhl and Texas junior guard Chase Winchester score 12 apiece. The duo combined to go 6 of 11 from behind the arc and also provided seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Finally, Aurora freshman reserve Henry Penner got hot late and tallied eight points and six rebounds.

Kearney visits Emporia State (7-8, 2-4) Sunday afternoon. The Hornets led Fort Hays State 39-26 at the half tonight but fell by an 82-71 score.



Ainsworth 66, CWC 23

Allen 55, Wynot 47

Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23

Amherst 44, Shelton 34

Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44

Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47

Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55

Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52

Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47

Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62

Crofton 57, Wayne 56

Cross County 64, Dorchester 18

David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59

Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49

Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48

Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43

Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42

Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33

Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT

Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44

Freeman 65, Malcolm 26

Giltner 54, East Butler 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22

Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29

Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38

Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39

Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14

Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33

Loomis 68, Southwest 60

Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38

Madison 62, Stanton 44

Maxwell 66, Brady 42

McCook 41, Lexington 39

McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51

Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46

Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36

Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49

North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38

Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20

Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55

Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31

Overton 76, Elwood 42

Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT

Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40

Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48

Ponca 59, Winnebago 40

Randolph 58, Winside 17

Schuyler 38, Central City 36

Seward 70, Crete 29

Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28

South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52

Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37

St. Mary's 84, Santee 46

St. Paul 55, Minden 41

Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53

Sutton 91, Ravenna 44

Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44

Thayer Central 51, Friend 27

Tri County 80, College View Academy 25

Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36

Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38

West Holt 55, Plainview 43

Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Hershey 51, Sutherland 37

2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=

Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63

Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11

Leyton 45, South Platte 43

Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=

Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49

Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63

South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52


Alliance 47, Gordon/Rushville 34

Amherst 61, Shelton 21

Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34

Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32

Aurora 40, Holdrege 30

Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49

Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26

Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35

Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32

CWC 68, Ainsworth 40

Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12

Central City 50, Schuyler 24

Crete 39, Seward 31

Crofton 60, Wayne 36

Cross County 35, Dorchester 23

David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27

Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14

Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39

Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37

Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37

Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29

Giltner 68, East Butler 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40

Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66

Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT

Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20

Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32

Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38

Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25

Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25

Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40

Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43

Loomis 58, Southwest 15

Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51

Malcolm 32, Freeman 24

Maxwell 50, Brady 31

McCook 41, Lexington 39

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14

Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20

Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59

Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26

Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24

North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59

O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48

Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48

Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49

Overton 48, Elwood 38

Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31

Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28

Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19

Ponca 59, Winnebago 42

Randolph 52, Winside 12

Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35

South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37

St. Mary's 66, Santee 52

St. Paul 46, Minden 40

Stanton 62, Madison 12

Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33

Sutton 43, Ravenna 37

Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34

Thayer Central 54, Friend 28

Tri County 62, College View Academy 9

Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29

Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36

Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34

West Holt 59, Plainview 24

Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22

Chase County 49, Kimball 25

Hershey 48, Sutherland 20

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 53, Nebraska Christian 38

Central Valley 60, Riverside 23

Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25


College View Academy 65, Whiting, Iowa 36

O'Neill 46, Neligh-Oakdale 42

Omaha Benson 65, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 52

Omaha Nation 74, Homer 53

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 47, Kimball 24

North Platte 50, Perkins County 37

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 64, Central Valley 55

Fullerton 76, Nebraska Christian 47

Humphrey St. Francis 73, Spalding Academy 29

Riverside 76, Heartland Lutheran 39


Cedar Bluffs 48, Boys Town 31

College View Academy 69, Whiting, Iowa 45

Ewing 55, West Holt 42

Flandreau Indian, S.D. 65, Walthill 45

Homer 83, Omaha Nation 43

O'Neill 69, Neligh-Oakdale 41

Omaha Benson 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 46

Wynot 44, Viborg-Hurley, S.D. 27

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Bayard 57, Creek Valley 39

Leyton 68, Potter-Dix 26

Minatare 47, Garden County 24

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Beatrice 45, OT

Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Mercy 54

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 22

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Duchesne Academy 44

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