The Huskers fell to Minnesota in their first road game of the season, 85-78. Nebraska led by 5 points at halftime, however the Golden Gophers came back to beat the Big Red, going on a 25-9 run with 7:15 remaining in the 2nd half, erasing the Husker’s 13 point lead.
“I’m obviously disappointed,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said. “We did not finish the game in any way, shape, or form.”
The Huskers had problems trying to contain Amir Coffey, who scored a career high 32 points on the night, 14 of which came at the free throw line. Jordan Murphy also frustrated the Huskers, contributing 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. As a team, the Gophers out rebounded Nebraska by a decent margin, pulling down 37 boards to the Husker’s mark of 29. Minnesota also did a good job getting to the charity stripe, drawing 22 fouls to Nebraska’s 15.
“They were just the aggressor,” Miles said. “They made some threes late on us, when we weren’t up on them. They were only 3-8 (from the three point line), but we didn’t do a good enough job defensively.”
Despite the loss, Isaac Copeland and Isaiah Roby put in solid efforts, scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively. Nebraska will need to regroup before they take on Creighton this Saturday at 5 p.m., arguably the biggest game of the season.