Nebraska improved its NCAA Tournament résumé with a 70-60 win Wednesday night in Indiana. The victory gives NU its first 10-win conference season since 1999 and clinches its first winning season in the league since 1999-2000.
The Huskers (18-11, 10-7), led wire-to-wire holding Indiana (17-13, 7-10) to only 37 percent shooting. This marks the eighth consecutive game in which NU has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
Sophomore Walter Pitchford, who tallied the second-best point total of his career (17) along with nine rebounds, recorded the first nine Husker points on four-of-six shooting from the field to give NU the early momentum. Senior Ray Gallegos finished the night with nine points on three clutch 3-pointers, including one heading into halftime with a 34-26 advantage.
Shavon Shields came up big in the second half finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leading scorer Terran Petteway, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble, scored 13 points while Benny Parker added eight.
The Huskers will return home for Senior Night on Sunday when they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. (CT)