January 28, 2015

13-2 run by Michigan in the second half puts Nebraska away

Michigan's Zak Irvin stepped up in their win over the Huskers (photo/Michigan Athletics)

Michigan’s Zak Irvin stepped up in their win over the Huskers (photo/Michigan Athletics)

The Nebraska men’s basketball team was held to a season-low for points scored and the Wolverines dropped the Huskers to 4-4 in Big Ten with the help of a 13-2 run.  The final was 58-44 in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten) led 23-18 at the break, then got hot from the floor, going on their run that was capped by a Zak Irvin three-pointer.  Irvin had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Nebraska trailed 38-20 when Terran Petteway, who was held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, hit a 3-pointer to trigger a 92-2 run as the Huskers scored six straight point as a Benny Parker layup cut the deficit to 11. Petteway was held to seven points, snapping a streak of 30 straight games in double figures.

A three-pointer from Tarin Smith pulled NU within 45-35 with 8:19 left and NU closed to 47-39 after a Shavon Shields layup with 5:53 left. Shields led NU (12-8, 4-4 Big Ten) with 14 points, but was the only Husker in double figures.

The Huskers return to action Saturday night, as they take on Minnesota. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Emily Cady’s 19 and 18 not enough as ranked Huskers fall in OT at Iowa

Emily Cady (NU Athletics)

Emily Cady (NU Athletics)

Emily Cady scored 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, but No. 15 Nebraska suffered a 78-72 overtime loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday night, after leading the whole way until the final four minutes of regulation.

Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic gave the Hawkeyes a 58-57 edge with 3:50 left. An Ally Disterhoft shot with 2:29 left pushed the margin to 60-57, before the Huskers rallied.

Theriot hit a jumper with 4.5 seconds left to give Nebraska a 61-60 lead. But freshman guard Whitney Jennings came free on the length-of-the-court inbounds and appeared to have an uncontested run to the rim from the left side. Theriot came over and blocked the shot but was called for the foul with 1.3 seconds left. Jennings missed the first free throw but made the second to send the game to overtime.

NU led by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the game, but were never able to shake the Hawkeyes

Tear’a Laudermill added 19 points, including 17 after halftime, and Theriot finished with 15 points and five assists.

The Huskers had their five-game overall winning streak snapped to slip to 15-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. It also snapped Nebraska’s eight-game winning streak in the series with Iowa.

The Huskers return to Lincoln Thursday to open a two-game home stand by taking on Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Fighting Illini is set for 7 p.m.

Former Husker football player Thenarse arrested over the weekend

Ricky Thenarse

Ricky Thenarse

Former Nebraska football player Rickey Thenarse was arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an alleged break-in at an apartment complex on Lincoln’s  northeast side.

According to the Lincoln Police Department report, officers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old woman who complained someone she did not know was banging on her front door.  She called police back to inform them the person was inside her apartment as she hid in a closet.

She opened up the door when police arrived and they chased a man out her back patio door.  Thenarse tried to drive off in a maroon Ford Thunderbird, but was apprehended by police.  The woman’s apartment was trashed.

Thenarse started ten games over five seasons (2006-2010) with the Huskers. A native of Los Angeles, Thenarse also had a warrant issued Jan. 15 for his arrest for failing to pay fines after pleading no contest in November 2014 to a misdemeanor charge of stealing less than $300 in money or goods.

Creighton can never catch up to Villanova after slow start



The Creighton Bluejays went seven minutes and 18 seconds without a point last night at #4 Villanova as the Wildcats jumped out to a 15-0 lead on their home court. Creighton could never make that deficit up losing 71-50. They started the game 0 for 4 shooting and had five turnovers. The Bluejays are now 0-8 in Big East play. It should be noted, their previous four losses have been by a combined 14 points. Creighton is now 9-12 overall.

Villanova made its first four attempts from three-point range and scored the game’s first 15 points, holding Creighton without a basket until Tyler Clement’s offensive putback with 12:45 left in the first half.  Despite the rough start, Creighton fought back, holding Villanova to four points over the next nine minutes to get within 19-11. Villanova held CU scoreless over the next five minutes, scoring 10 straight points to build a 29-11 lead before Avery Dingman’s three-pointer to close the first half cut CU’s deficit to 15.

Darrun Hilliard had 14 points for VU in the firs half, including four three-pointers. The Wildcats took advantage of 12 Bluejay turnovers, converting them into 15 points.  Hilliard had a season-best 24 points for VU, his fourth game this season of 20 or more points, while Ryan Arcidiacono added 10. Villanova shot 12-of-26 from three-point range, including 6-of-10 marksmanship by Hilliard. The Wildcats forced 19 turnovers and turned those into 21 points.

Creighton returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts St. John’s, with tip-off recently moved to 8:01 pm.

C.J. Carter named Summit League Player of the Week

Omaha's C.J. Carter (photo omavs.com)

Omaha’s C.J. Carter (photo omavs.com)

Senior guard CJ Carter was named The Summit League’s Player of the Week following his performance Jan. 12-18, the conference office announced Monday.

Carter collected his second player of the week accolade of the year and the third of his career after a 45-point performance that stands as the NCAA’s second-highest scoring game this season. Against IUPUI, the Omaha Benson product poured in a career-high 45 points on 19-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-8 from three-point range. His point total was the fourth-highest total in a Summit League game and the most by any Summit player since Feb. 2013. Carter finished one point shy of Omaha’s school record and set the mark for most field goals while posting the second-highest three-point field goal total in school history.

Earlier in the week, Carter also scored 19 points in 23 minutes against Oral Roberts. He averaged 32.0 points and shot 69.2 percent both from the field and beyond the arc during the two-game stretch.