The Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball team made a season-high 25 free throws and had a season-low seven turnovers to rout Emporia State, 81-58, Wednesday night. This was the first meeting between the two schools in 24 years. With the victory, UNK (6-13, 3-8) stops a five-game skid to the Hornets (8-9, 3-6).
The Lopers didn’t trail all night as they went 25 of 50 from the field (6 of 13 threes) and 25 of 31 at the line. Junior wing Thomas Cooper (Chattanooga, Tenn.) capped a 8-1 Kearney run as he nailed a three right before the halftime buzzer to make it 38-29.
Senior guard Rachel Hanf scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power Emporia State to a 88-53 win over the Nebraska-Kearney women, winning for a sixth time in its last seven games.
UNK used a balanced offensive attack, including nine points from senior post Nadia Williams (San Jose, Calif.), to hang around in the first half. A layup by Williams cut the Emporia lead to eight, 27-19, at the 6:26 mark.
However, Emporia led 43-30 at the break and then the 5-9 Hanf took over, scoring 19 points in the second half on 6 of 7 (3 of 4 threes) field goal shooting. For the game, 11 of her rebounds came on the defensive end.