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Chicago – University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was one of five players named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team Sunday evening. Palmer led the Huskers to the quarterfinals, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game, as he played all 120 minutes of NU’s three contests. Palmer tied a career high with 34 points in the first-round win over Rutgers, including a school-record 27 points in the second half alone. His 34 points was one off the Big Ten Tournament record, as Nebraska rallied from an eight-point deficit.

 

The senior guard carried the Huskers to a win over No. 21 Maryland with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, five rebounds and three assists before finishing with 15 points and four steals in the loss against No. 19 Wisconsin on Friday. Palmer is the first Husker named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team since Shavon Shields in 2016.

 

2019 Big Ten All-Tournament Team

 Cassius Winston – Michigan State (Most Outstanding Player)
James Palmer Jr. - Nebraska
Ignas Brazdeikis – Michigan
Zavier Simpson – Michigan
Jordan Murphy - Minnesota





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BEATRICE -- The McCook Community College baseball team lost a pair of games Sunday to Southeast Community College 3-2, and 11-9.

The Indians held a 2-1 lead in the first game heading into the bottom of the seventh, but surrendered the lead on a couple of walks, a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball and a pair of singles, including the two-run walk-off hit by Kenny Allred.

Southeast scored six runs in the first inning of the second game, led 7-2 before the Indians offense responded, but fell short.

After losing its first 10 games of the season, Southeast CC extends its win streak to four games and improves 4-10 on the year.

MCC falls to 5-10.

The two teams will wrap up the three-game series Monday at 1 p.m.

GAME 1 – Southeast CC 3, McCook CC 2: Once again, the Indians got a strong series-opening pitching performance from freshman Isaac Vargas (Greeley, Colo.) who held Southeast off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when the Storm scored on a hit batter, a single, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.

The Indians went six innings before denting the scoreboard on a leadoff walk by Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) and one out later a two-run home run by sophomore transfer JR Maldonado, (Las Vegas).

In the Southeast seventh, the Storm led off with a single and a walk before Vargas was pulled. He went six innings, allowing two hits, one earned run and he struck out seven. Against reliever Jesse Bloom (Centennial, Colo.), the Storm put down a sacrifice bunt to put the winning run on second with one out. A passed ball tied the game and Allred’s bunt single made a winner of reliever E.J. Johnson.

MCC out-hit the storm 7-3, with Maldonado leading the way with a double and home run in three at bats.

GAME 2 – Southeast CC 11, McCook CC 9: The Indians came out with a two-run first. Sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) led off the game with a double. After a hit batsman on a groundball out advanced runners to second and third, a Storm error led to a 2-0 MCC lead.

Southeast responded scoring six runs in the bottom of the inning off Indian starter, Shawn Hickey (Summerville, New Brunswick), who lasted just five batters into the game. After an out to lead off the inning, the Storm drew a pair of walks, moved into scoring position with a wild pitch and tied the game on a single. After an MCC error, Jesse Bloom took over on the mound and Southeast took a 3-2 lead on an MCC error, and followed that up with a triple, a pair of singles a walk, and a passed ball to lead 6-2.

The Storm added a run in the second to lead 7-2 before MCC came back with three runs in the third. A Southeast error, a single by Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas), and a hit batter loaded the bases. A passed ball led to the first run and a Trevor Pacheco double cut the Storm lead to 7-5.

Southeast responded with a run in the bottom of the third and went up 11-5 with three runs in the fourth inning.

The Indians mounted a comeback in the sixth. Pacheco singled to lead off the inning. Kaleb Taylor (McCook) singled and a walk loaded the bases. Angel Mojica (Denver) drove in the first run of the frame. After two outs, Clark-Chiapparelli lined a two-run single with the other runner scoring on an outfield error as MCC made it an 11-9 game but the Indians went out in order in the seventh.

MCC had seven hits in the game with Clark-Chiapparelli and Pacheco with two each. They also both drove in two runs.

Bloom went 3.2 innings giving up 10 hits and six earned runs. Sophomore Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) pitched the final two innings of scoreless, hitless relief striking out three hitters.

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The McCook Community College Lady Indians busted open a 4-0 game in the sixth inning of the first of two games Saturday to sweep Northeast Community College 8-0, and 17-1.

“These were good team wins,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “The bats came alive in Game 2 with solid defense.”

After erupting for four runs in the sixth inning of the first game MCC banged out 17 hits in the second game including home runs from freshman Kassidy Powers (Fort Collins, Colo.) and sophomore Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.) to put the game away early.

The Indians also got a couple of complete game wins in the circle from sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) and freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewa).

“Shae and Etta pitched well,” Barnes said.

These games were not originally on the schedule but were added Saturday, when Northeast was unable to play in North Platte Saturday because of field conditions.

Northeast falls to 0-6 and head to North Platte to play a pair of games Sunday.

The Lady Indians improve to 9-11 and head to Texas for spring break where they will play Howard College (14-7) Monday in a doubleheader at Big Springs Texas, and Midland College (14-6) Tuesday in a doubleheader at Midland, Texas.

MCC will be on the road March 23-24 for a pair of Region IX doubleheaders at Trinidad State (10-13) March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and March 24 at 10 a.m. and noon.

GAME 1 – McCOOK CC 8, Northeast CC 0 – The Lady Indians opened the game in the bottom of the first with doubles from Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) and a two-run single from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley Utah). With two-outs, sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) lined an RBI single to right put MCC up 3-0.

Charchuk drove in a run in the second to put MCC on top 4-0 and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth frame.

Lili Belton (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) led off the sixth inning with a pinch-hit single. After a fielder’s choice, a Northeast error, and a passed ball, the Lady Indians went up 6-0. With two outs, Miner ended the game with a two-run double.

Shae Muggeridge went the distance in the six-inning win, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six.

MCC had 10 hits with two each from Miner, Charchuk, and Hanna Jensen.

GAME 2 – McCOOK CC 17, Northeast CC 1 – The Lady Indians struck for seven runs in the first inning -- which included a grand slam from freshman Kassidy Powers -- and six more in the second inning on six hits and two Hawk errors to lead 13-0.

After Northeast scored a run in the third, MCC got the run back on a Sieara Price solo homerun.

Etta Van Burgsteden picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle allowing one run on three hits and five strikeouts.

Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) led the 17-hit attack with four hits, three runs scored, four runs driven in, and a couple stolen bases. Powers had five RBI in the game with two hits. The Lady Indians also got two-hit games from freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah), who also stole three bases, Hannah Jensen, who stole twice, Jerusha Miner and Isabel Serna.





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The Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit to lead No. 19 Wisconsin with less than 10 minutes to play, but the Huskers fell just short down the stretch in a 66-62 loss to the Badgers Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Huskers trailed by 13 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, but closed the half on an 8-0 run to pull within five at the break. The Huskers fought all the way back to grab a 46-45 lead midway through the second half. Wisconsin regained the lead, but Nebraska trailed by just two with less than a minute to play before the Badgers made a clutch 3-pointer and hit 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Nebraska (18-16) played only six players in the game, with James Palmer Jr., Isaiah Roby and Glynn Watson Jr.playing all 40 minutes. Watson scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Palmer added 15 points and four steals and Roby chipped in 13 points and four blocks. That trio combined for 51 of Nebraska’s 62 points, but all six Huskers who played scored, with Thorir Thorbjarnarson contributing five points, Johnny Truebloodscoring four points and Tanner Borchardt making his only shot to finish with two points.

Wisconsin was led by four players in double figures. Khalil Iverson and Nate Reuevers each scored 14 points, while Brad Davison and Aleem Ford had 11 points each. The Badgers (23-9) advanced to Saturday’s semifinal to face fifth-ranked Michigan State, the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

Wisconsin scored the first eight points of the game and made five of its first six shots to build an early 10-2 advantage. Nebraska scored the next four points before Wisconsin used a pair of big possessions to fuel an 11-2 run and take a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark. A Roby follow-up dunk was wiped away due to a controversial goal-tending call and the Nebraska bench received a technical foul for arguing the call. Wisconsin made the two technical foul shots and then Ford hit a 3-pointer to cap a five-point possession. The next trip down the court, Ford made another three and was fouled, hitting the free throw to complete a four-point play.

Trailing 21-8, Watson answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that trimmed the Badger lead to five midway through the period. The Huskers pulled within four before going scoreless for more than four minutes, during which time Wisconsin scored nine straight points to build a 34-21 lead with at the 3:27 mark. Watson then scored the final eight points of the half to pull Nebraska within 34-29 at the break. Watson scored 13 of NU’s final 21 points in the half.

Wisconsin shot 57 percent in the first half, but the Huskers did force nine turnovers against a Badger squad that averages fewer than 10 turnovers per game.

In the second half, Roby scored five straight points to cut the lead to two, but Wisconsin answered with a 3-pointer. Nebraska pulled back within two on a Watson three that made it 43-41 with 14:15 to play. After the Huskers missed four opportunities to tie or take the lead, the Badgers broke a three-minute scoring drought with a putback. But Thorbjarnarson answered with a 3-pointer and Palmer added a layup to put Nebraska on top 46-45 with 10 minutes remaining.

After taking the lead, Nebraska missed its next eight shots and went nearly five minutes without scoring. Wisconsin took advantage with a 7-0 run to take a 52-46 lead at the 7:13 mark. Roby broke the Huskers’ scoring drought with a pair of free throws and Watson scored five points in 33 seconds to pull Nebraska back within two with four minutes to play.

A Palmer steal and Trueblood layup kept Nebraska within two at the three-minute mark. Neither team scored over the next two minutes, as Wisconsin took a timeout leading 57-55 with 58 seconds remaining. D’Mitrik Trice drilled a clutch 3-pointer following the timeout and Wisconsin knocked down 6-of-7 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hang on for the win.

Nebraska Post-Game Notes

  • Today’s game against No. 19 Wisconsin marked Nebraska’s 11th game this season against a ranked opponent, the most games the Huskers have ever played against ranked teams in one season
  • Nebraska’s 2-1 finish at the Big Ten Tournament tied for the best mark every by the No. 13 seed.
  • The Huskers forced Wisconsin into a season-high-tying 17 turnovers.
  • Glynn Watson Jr. became Nebraska’s all-time leader in games played by appearing in his 132nd game today. Watson had been tied with Cookie Belcher, who played in 131 games from 1997 to 2001. Watson also started the 111th game of his career against Wisconsin, tying Dave Hoppen (1983-86) for the third-most starts in program history.
  • Watson scored a game-high 23 points, marking his fifth 20-point effort of the season.
  • James Palmer Jr. scored 15 points. He finished the 2019 Big Ten Tournament with 73 points, posting the seventh-most points in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history.
  • Watson hit five 3-pointers against Wisconsin to move into the top five on Nebraska’s all-time chart with 179 career 3-pointers. He is tied with Erik Strickland (1993-96) for fifth place on that list.
  • Palmer was 2-of-2 at the free throw line against the Badgers. His two free throws gave him 21 made free throws at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, tying for the eighth-most in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history. Palmer attempted 32 free throws, which ranks as the most in a single Big Ten Tournament, eclipsing the previous record of 29 by Ohio State’s Brent Darby in the 2003 event.
  • Isaiah Roby blocked four shots in the game. He blocked 11 shots in Nebraska’s three games at the Big Ten Tournament, one shy of the most blocks in a single Big Ten Tournament. His three blocks also gave Roby a school-record 17 blocked shots in his conference tournament career, breaking the Nebraska record of Venson Hamilton, who had 15 blocks in his six career conference tournament games from 1996 to 1999.
  • Despite playing three games in less than 48 hours – two of which were against top-25 opponents – Nebraska played only seven players in the entire Big Ten Tournament. Watson and Palmer both played all 120 minutes in Chicago, while Roby logged 116 minutes. Watson, Palmer and Roby each played all 40 minutes Friday against Wisconsin.





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McCook Community College sophomore volleyball player Ty Johnson signed her national letter of intent Thursday to continue her volleyball career in the fall at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The Conroe Texas native is excited to be returning to a school within three hours of home.

Johnson played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats, who won their second Red River Athletic Conference Championship and made it to the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship before losing in four sets to Oklahoma City University and finished the season at 20-4. “I’m really going to miss my teammates, the MCC family, and Coach Kobza,” Johnson said. “Yes she pushes us hard and keeps us on task, but she also has been very supportive, especially for me as a looked for my next volleyball team.” “I’m going to miss her enthusiasm and her charisma on the court, she has just been a positive role model for all our players,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. For Kobza this is the signing she’d been waiting for the whole volleyball off-season – the final one – seven for seven. Johnson becomes the seventh out of seven sophomores to sign on to continue playing volleyball at four-year schools.

“This is my first recruiting class, so to have all seven of them all going on is pretty special,” Kobza said. “I think it’s a tribute to the hard work we do in this program and these seven will serve as the benchmark for others that follow, and example of what can happen in two years if you want to work.”

Johnson was one of three captains on a team that helped lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top 20-ranked opponents. Johnson is a biology major at MCC, she plans to pursue a degree in ultra-sound technology.





Ty Johnson

Hayley Kobza

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Three McCook Community College Men’s basketball players have received post-season honors. Three were named to the All-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference and one was tabbed for post-season honors in Region IX.

Sophomore Peanut Cunningham received conference and region honors while freshmen Tyrek Battle-Holley and Mardrez McBride were named to the NCCAC team.

Cunningham a 6-3 guard from Louisville, Kent., received honorable mention on the all-Region IX south team and also named first-team All-NCCAC. He was seventh in the south sub-region in scoring with 15.1 points, per game, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, shot 51.3 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3-point line, and 66.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Tyrek Battle-Holley, a 6-2 guard from Jersey City, N.J., averaged 12.0 points 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game for the season. He shot 46.5 percent from the field 39.4 percent from the 3-point line and 74.8 percent from the line.

Mardrez McBride, a 6-2 guard from Augusta, Ga., was 10th in the region in scoring with 14.1 points a game, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He shot 43.7 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from the 3-point line and 80.6 from the free-throw line.

ALL REGION TEAM: North Platte’s Courtney Murrell and Jakub Karwowski received first-team All-Region IX South honors along with Western Nebraska’s Jervay Green as players selected to the All-Region IX South first team.

Green led all scorers in the Region IX south with 23.6 points per game. He shot 54.7 percent from the floor, averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was second in the south with 55 steals and third in assists with 98. Murrell, a 6-0 freshman guard from Plano, Texas, led North Platte this season with 15.1 points per game – sixth best in the south region. He shot 48.5 percent from the field, averaged 5.3 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists. Defensively he led all south players with 57 steals on the season. Karwowsk, a 7-1 sophomore center from Warsaw, Poland, averaged 9.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He shot 70.6 percent from the field, tops among all players in the region. He was second in the south in rebounds per game and topped the south with 66 blocked shots this season.

The second team is led by a pair of Western Nebraska players in Dru Kuxhausen, who was second in the south in scoring averaging 19.1 points per game and Martin Roub, who was third in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Isaac Essein, Trinidad State, is the other second-teamer. He averaged 10.7 and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Third team members included: Jubrile Belo, Lamar Community College, Wesley Harris, Otero Junior College, and Nyk Lange, Northeastern Junior College. Players receiving honorable mention included: Brevin Brimble, Lamar Community College; Ian Kelly, Trinidad State; Sam Mack, Otero Junior College; Peanut Cunningham, McCook.

ALL NCCAC TEAM: North Platte Community College Coach Kevin O’Connor was named coach of the year. Three players from each team were nominated for the team. In addition to the three MCC players, first team members include: (from North Platte) Tim Johnson, Jakub Karwowski, and Courtney Murrell; (from Central Community College) Latrell Talley and Tre Crawford, and from Southeast Community College: Ray Harding and Ben Moss. Kenan Gray of Southeast received honorable mention.





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Three McCook Community College women’s basketball players have received post-season Region IX honors.

Sophomore guard Hailey Tiles and freshman Makenna Bodette were both named to the Region IX south All-Region Team. Bodette was named to the all-Region IX tournament team. And Sophomore Makayla Jones was named to the Region IX South all-defensive team.

Tiles, a sophomore transfer from Rogers, Ark. -- having first played at Brown Macke -- averaged 18.0 points per game – second best in Region IX. She shot 42.9 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line and went to the free-throw line 219 times – tied for most in the region. Her free-throw percentage was 69.9 percent, which was ranked eighth best in the south sub-region She also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, had 86 assists (third in the south region) and 75 steals, which was third most in Region IX.

During her freshman season at MCC, Bodette (Colorado Springs) averaged 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds, one of only two players to average a double-double during the season. She had the most defensive rebounds of any player in Region IX as well as the most total rebounds (324) of any Region IX player. She also was tops in Region IX with 75 blocks on the season, 36 more than any other player in the region. In addition she shot 50.6 percent from the field, fourth best in the south sub-region.

In being named to the Region IX all-tournament Bodette scored 18 points and had nine rebounds in the Indian’s first-round win over Lamar Community College and added 16 points and 19 rebounds in a second-round loss to Eastern Wyoming. In the tournament she was 17 for 28 from the field (60.7 percent) and had five blocked shots.

Makayla Jones was one of five players in the south sub-region cited for their defensive work during the year. Despite coming off the bench in 22 of 32 MCC games, she averaged 6.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. She shot 46 percent from the field. Jones had 94 offensive rebounds on the year, a total which trailed only her teammate Bodette for top numbers in the south sub-region. Jones also was credited with 37 steals on the year. Her selection as one of the five top defensive players in the south sub-region came from a vote from the seen coaches in the south sub-region.

South All-Region Team

Hailey Tiles, McCook Community College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Tashika Burrell, Northeastern Junior College

Alyzae Davis, Northeastern Junior College

Aleksandra Retnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Grace O’Neill, Otero Junior College

Destinee Vigil, Trinidad State Junior College

Merle Wiehl, Western Nebraska Community College

Tishara Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Taylor Joplin, Western Nebraska Community College

 

South All-Defensive Team

Makayla Jones, McCook Community College

Taylor Knudson, Northeastern Junior College

Grace O’Neill, Otero Junior College

Hannah Gilmore, Trinidad State Junior College

Andrijana Reljic, Western Nebraska Community College

 

All-Region IX Tournament Team

Tashika Burrell, Northeastern Junior College

Alexsandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Haylie Anderson, Laramie County C.C.

MaKenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Alessia Capley, Otero Junior College

Emily Buchanan, Eastern Wyoming

Abril Rexach, Eastern Wyoming

Lani Taliauli, Sheridan

Maggie Justinak, Casper

Lucie Hoskova, Casper

Jaye Johnson – Casper College

Merle Wiehl, Western Nebraska Community College

Taylor Joplin, Western Nebraska Community College

Allysah Boothe, Western Nebraska Community College

Andrijana Reljic, Western Nebraska Community College





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Behind an opportunistic defense and a big second half from James Palmer Jr., a depleted Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied for a 68-61 victory over Rutgers Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

Palmer scored 27 second-half points, including five points during a game-changing 15-0 run that turned a five-point Husker deficit with six minutes to play into a 61-51 lead with 1:30 remaining. Palmer finished with 34 points, tying his career high and finishing one point shy of the Big Ten Tournament scoring record.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 17-15 on the season. The Huskers advanced to take on No. 5 seed and 21st-ranked Maryland on Thursday. Tipoff for that game is set for 25 minutes after the first game of the day between Ohio State and Indiana, which is set for an 11:30 a.m. (Central) start. The Nebraska-Maryland game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.

While Palmer’s career night stole the headlines, it was Nebraska’s defense that keyed the victory. The Huskers forced 22 Rutgers turnovers, a season high for the Scarlet Knights and the third-most turnovers by any team in Big Ten Tournament history. NU recorded 12 steals – its second-highest total of the year – and scored 24 points off Rutgers turnovers.

Nebraska's defense keyed big runs in both halves. NU trailed for nearly all of the first half before holding Rutgers to just one field goal over the final six minutes of the half, allowing the Huskers to go on a 12-2 run to take a lead into the locker room. The Scarlet Knights then led for much of the second half, but Nebraska held Rutgers scoreless for nearly six minutes, during which time the Huskers mounted their game-changing 15-0 run.

Palmer produced his third 30-point game of the season – and fourth of his career – by getting to the free throw line. He was 14-of-22 from the charity stripe, tying his career high in makes and setting a new career high in attempts. Palmer also set a Big Ten Tournament record with his 22 free throw attempts, while his 14 made free throws ranked second.

Besides Palmer, Glynn Watson Jr. had 11 points and five assists, while Isaiah Roby bounced back from a slow start, scoring eight of his 10 points in the second half while grabbing six rebounds and blocking four shots. Johnny Trueblood came up big off the bench for the second straight game, scoring three points and adding four steals, while the Huskers were plus-20 on the scoreboard during Trueblood’s career-high-tying 26 minutes.

Eugene Omoruyi led Rutgers (14-17) with 16 points, while Myles Johns had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Nebraska relied on its defense to overcome a slow start. The Huskers missed seven of their first eight shots and trailed 8-2 five minutes into the game. Rutgers then made seven of its next 10 shots to build a 21-14 lead with 6:03 remaining in the half. But Nebraska held the Scarlet Knights to just one field goal the rest of the period, closing the half on a 12-4 run. The Huskers got baskets from four different players during a 9-0 run to grab their first lead at 23-21. Rutgers reclaimed the lead on a pair of free throws, but Palmer hit a layup with three seconds left in the half to send Nebraska into the locker room with a 26-25 advantage.

The Huskers shot just 34.5 percent in the first half, while Rutgers was 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the field. But Nebraska forced 11 first-half turnovers – leading to 11 points – and the Huskers’ perimeter defense did not allow a 3-pointer.

The start of the second half mirrored the start of the game. Rutgers hit four of its first six shots, scoring on its first four possessions and using a 9-1 run to grab a 34-27 lead. The Huskers missed their first four shots and didn’t make their first basket until five minutes into the period, when a Palmer layup trimmed the lead to 34-31.

The teams traded points over the next five minutes, with Nebraska getting as close as one and never trailing by more than five. Palmer kept the Huskers within striking distance, scoring 16 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, accounting for all but two Husker points.

Nebraska twice pulled within one and was down by just a single point at the eight-minute mark before Rutgers took a five-point lead with four straight points. The Huskers then turned up the defensive intensity, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless for nearly six minutes during a 15-0 run, with 13 of the points scored by either Palmer or Roby.

Roby scored the first five points of the run and hit a pair of free throws to give Nebraska a 52-51 lead four minutes to play, a lead the Huskers would not relinquish. Palmer then knocked down a 3-pointer, Roby added another basket and Palmer picked up a steal and a dunk. The Huskers retained possession following a flagrant foul and Watson made two free throws to cap the run and give Nebraska a 61-51 lead with 1:30 remaining.

Rutgers’ Geo Baker snapped the 15-0 run and ended the Scarlet Knights’ 5:43 scoreless drought to cut the lead to eight with 1:10 left. But Rutgers was never able to get closer than seven the rest of the way. Nebraska made 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute to prevent any chance at a Rutgers comeback.




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Release from McCook AD Darin Nichols 

To the McCook Board of Education
Mr. Jeremy Yilk has stepped down as the Boys Basketball Coach at McCook High School.  Jeremy has been considering this for the past two seasons.  The grind of raising a family, teaching, and the time and pressures of being a head coach at the varsity level had been wearing on him. 

Jeremy informed the team today by stating “Coaching basketball was always a dream of mine.  I feel so fortunate to have been the head coach for the past seven years, and part of the varsity program for 14 years, to some amazing young men.  I have been thinking about this for a while now. While coaching will always be a part of me, I am looking forward to focusing my time and energy into other avenues of life.” 

He also stated that he, “want to thank all of those who have supported the basketball program—parents, community members, administration, and school staff, and especially those I have been fortunate enough to coach with and against through the years.”  

After considering this for many days the administration felt that it was in the best interest of the boys basketball program moving forward to allow Mr. Yilk to step down.  This is a situation that was somewhat new to us, maybe even unique, 
McCook High School will begin its search for the next Head Boys Basketball Coach immediately.  McCook Public Schools currently has an opening for high school English.




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The Nebraska men's basketball team built a double-digit lead late in the first half, and the Huskers never trailed again in a 69-61 upset of No. 21 Maryland Thursday afternoon in a second-round Big Ten Tournament matchup at the United Center.

Nebraska (18-15) led for more than 33 minutes and trailed for just 2:19, advancing to Friday's quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed and 19th-ranked Wisconsin. Tipoff for Friday's game is set for approximately 2 p.m. (Central), or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Ohio State quarterfinal, which begins at 11:30 a.m. (Central).

The Huskers held Maryland to 36 percent shooting and just 18 field goals, marking the Terrapins' fourth-worst shooting percentage of the season and second-fewest field goals. Nebraska also limited a talented Maryland frontcourt to just 22 points in the paint, and the Huskers recorded eight steals. Offensively, Nebraska got 58 points from its big three of James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby. Palmer hit 8-of-13 shots en route to a game-high 24 points, while Watson scored 19 points and Roby added 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. But the victory was a true team effort, as the Huskers got two points and a game-high nine rebounds from Tanner Borchardt, a career-high five points and four rebounds from Johnny Trueblood and four points, four rebounds and a career-high five steals from Thorir Thorbjarnarson.

Anthony Cowan led Maryland (22-10) with 18 points, while Darryl Morsell chipped in 14 points and Eric Ayala scored 12 points. Nebraska held first-team All-Big Ten pick Bruno Fernando to a season-low three points in 35 minutes.

Nebraska overcame a slow shooting start to put together a strong first half on both ends on its way to a 32-20 halftime lead. After missing its first six shots of the game, the Huskers went 11-of-18 the rest of the half, including hitting seven of their final nine shots. Defensively, Nebraska limited Maryland to 29 percent shooting in the first half and allowed just two field goals over the final nine minutes.

The Huskers went more than four minutes without a basket to open the game, but led 7-5 at the 14-minute mark after Watson scored five straight points. The lead then changed hands four times over the next two minutes before a 5-0 run put Nebraska ahead by four and Maryland responded with four straight points to tie the game at 14. After Maryland pulled even, Nebraska used a 13-2 run over the next six mix minutes to build a double-digit lead. The run began with six straight points and after a Maryland basket, the Huskers rattled off seven consecutive points. Nebraska pushed the lead to as many as 13, before a Watson jumper with 14 seconds left sent the Huskers into the locker room with a 12-point advantage.

Nebraska stretched the lead to 14 when Roby hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half. But the Huskers missed their next 10 shots while going more than five minutes without scoring, and Maryland took advantage with nine straight points to pull within five at 35-30. That would be as close as the Terrapins would get the rest of the game, as Nebraska made 12 of its final 19 shots from that point. Nebraska immediately answered Maryland's 9-0 run with nine straight points of its own over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 14 with 11:50 remaining.

The Huskers had chances to extend their lead as Maryland had a six-minute stretch without a field goal, but Nebraska could not push the lead above 14. The Terrapins then scored five straight points in 14 seconds to cut the lead to nine, but the Huskers came back with five straight points of their own to build a 51-37 advantage with eight minutes remaining. Nebraska maintained at least a 10-point advantage until Maryland scored five straight points to cut the lead to 58-50 with four minutes to play. The lead was down to six until Trueblood grabbed an offensive rebound to keep a Husker possession alive, and Palmer drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead back to nine with 1:29 remaining. Nebraska had another three-point possession its next trip down the court to stretch the lead to 10 and put the game away. The Huskers hit six of their final eight shots to seal the win.





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