Lincoln, Neb. — It was a tale of two halves, as Nebraska overcame a 16-point deficit with a 60-55 win over Indiana Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) overcame a 13-point halftime deficit by shooting 52 percent in the second half to outscore Indiana, 41-23, over the final 20 minutes.
Terran Petteway led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, including 13 in the second half to lead Nebraska to its second straight Big Ten win. Nebraska outscored Indiana, 20-8 in the opening seven minutes of the half to erase the deficit and made the plays down the stretch to win.
Trailing 40-29, Petteway's 3-pointer and a four-point play from Ray Gallegos highlighted a 10-0 surge that pulled Nebraska within 40-39 after a Petteway jumper with 13:01 left.
The Huskers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 5, when Nebraska travels to Michigan. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT)
The match will air live on on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
Nebraska trailed 46-43 after Evan Gordan's jumper with 8:03 left, but took control with an 8-0 spurt keyed by one of the most unlikely contributors. Freshman Nathan Hawkins, making his first appearance since Jan. 4, tied the game with his second 3-pointer of the season before a pair of Shields free throws with 6:57 left gave the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes of the night. Pitchford then capped the run with a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Huskers 51-46 lead.
Indiana, which shot 45 percent but committed 19 turnovers, fought back and was within 51-50 with 4:40 left before Shields, who finished with 11 points and career bests in both assists (four) and steals (four) hit a driving layup. Petteway then hit a long 3-pointer that staked Nebraska a 56-50 lead with 2:05 left.
Indiana would pull to within three, at 58-55 on a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer with 48 second left, but the Huskers hit just enough free throws in the final minute to improve to 10-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Pitchford and Gallegos finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Huskers. Ferrell led three Hoosiers in double figures with 14 points and five assists.
In the first half, the Huskers struggled at times, shooting 34 percent and were out-rebounded 20-8 as Indiana took a 13-point lead into the locker room.
Nebraska jumped to a 7-2 lead behind five quick points from Pitchford, but Indiana came right with a 12-0 run of their own, taking a 14-7 lead on Stanford Robinson's jumper. Robinson had seven of the Hoosiers' first 14 points.
Nebraska started chipping away, using a 7-1 run to pull within 15-14 after Terran Petteway's first basket of the night and were within 17-17 before Indiana regrouped. The Hoosiers, who went over seven minutes without a field goal, ended the drought, as Ferrell and Robinson both banked in 3-pointers to start a 15-0 Indiana run. Indiana eventually built its largest lead at 32-16 after a Ferrell layup before Petteway's conventional 3-point play put Nebraska within 13 and ended the Hoosier run.Notes:
---------------------------------------- 1st 2nd Total Indiana 32 23 55 Nebraska 19 41 60 ----------------------------------------