Nebraska stayed with the #7 team in college basketball for 45 minutes Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game was tied after regulation, as sophomore Michael Jacobson hit a 3-pointer with .3 seconds left to force overtime. The Huskers held multiple leads in the extra period, but Wisconsin escaped Lincoln with a 70-69 win.
“Gritty effort by our team,” said coach Tim Miles. “I never question their resolve and their heart. I just seems like we just do enough to lose.”
The Huskers were led by senior Tai Webster with 19 points, while sophomore guard Glynn Watson added 15. The game market the return of Ed Morrow Jr., who played for the first time in more than a month after suffering a foot injury on January 8th.
“I was just excited to be out there,” said Morrow. “There are some plays I made that I wish I could take back, but at the end of the day you’ve got to live through them and keep playing.”
Nebraska trailed throughout the game before grabbing their first lead with about five minutes left in regulation. From that point, it was a back and forth game through overtime. The Huskers had a chance to regain the lead on their final offensive possession while trailing by one, but Webster’s layup attempt was blocked and recovered by Wisconsin to seal their victory.
“This will not sink us,” said Miles.
The loss drops Nebraska to 10-14 on the season and 4-8 in Big Ten play. The Huskers return to action on Tuesday, hosting Penn State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.