----------------------------- 1 2 total Iowa 38 43 81 NEBRASKA 36 34 70 -----------------------------
Nebraska (10-13, 4-7 Big Ten) cut an eight-point deficit to 67-64 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor with 3:57 left, but would get no closer, as Iowa used a 9-2 run to pull away, capped by a 3-pointer from Brady Ellington that made it 76-66 with 1:23 remaining.
Ellington had 11 off the bench for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes (14-10, 6-5) placed four in double figures in recording their third straight win.
McVeigh scored 11 of his 16 in the first half, while Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 14 and 10, respectively. Webster's 14 points put him over 1,000 career points, as the senior added six rebounds and six assists Tshimanga, plagued by foul problems, had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes before fouling out.
Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as Iowa went 9-of-19 from 3-point range, compared to 3-of-20 for the Huskers.
In the first half, the Huskers withstood major foul trouble, but Iowa score the final five points of the half to take a 38-36 lead into the locker room on Peter Jok's jumper with 1.0 seconds left in the half. Nebraska, despite getting a combined 16 minutes from Jordy Tshimanga and Michael Jacobson because of foul trouble, shot 58 percent from the floor, as Jack McVeigh had 11 first-half points.
Nebraska got off to a quick start, as Tshimanga and Tai Webster combined for 10 of the Huskers' first 12 points as Nebraska jumped to a 12-6 lead after an Isaiah Roby basket. The Huskers led 14-9, but Iowa used a 9-4 spurt to pull even at 18 after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer. The remainder of the half would be tightly contested as neither team led by more than four points in the final 10 minutes of the opening period. The Huskers led 36-33 after a Jeriah Horne 3-pointer with 1:13 left in the half, but Jordan Bohannon's 3-pointer tied it and Jok beat the buzzer with a short baseline jumper after Iowa missed its first half.
Iowa quickly extended the lead to 41-38 in the opening two minutes before a pair of Taylor free throws and a Tshimanga basket pulled NU within 41-40. Iowa's lead would fluctuate between one and five for the next 10 minutes and the Huskers were within 58-57 after a Tshimanga basket before Iowa took control. An Ellington 3-pointer keyed a 9-2 spurt as the Hawkeyes stretched the lead to eight, at 67-59 after a pair of Christian Williams free throws with 5:17 left.
The Huskers continued to fight back as a tip-in from Michael Jacobson and Taylor's 3-point play cut the deficit to three with 3:57 left. The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as the Huskers host No. 10 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by calling 800-8-BIGRED or visiting Huskers.com/Tickets.
*-Jack McVeigh posted his fifth double-figure effort of the season and third in the last five games with 16 points, including 12 in the first half.
*-Jordy Tshimanga reached double figures for the second time this week and third time this season with 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes.
*-Tai Webster became the 28th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, as he had 14 points today. He has now been in double figures in 24 straight games dating back to last season.
*-Nebraska's 3-of-20 from 3-poin range was its second-lowest total of the season.
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Iowa by eight today after being out-rebounded by nine in the first meeting on Jan. 5.
Nebraska Coach Tim Miles Opening Statement: "I thought that our kids battled hard. Glynn was hurt tonight. He tried to get us some minutes. He really couldn't go; you could see that in his play. Some other guys I thought picked him up. The story of the game is Ellingson. He came out and got three threes and Bohannon gets four. They finished us off. They scored five times. We fouled unnecessarily once and the second time - Bohannon is a clever guard and he gets fouled. We go down and have empty possessions. They finished us off. When there was still a chance with four minutes we missed an open three to cut it to two. They didn't miss their open threes. That's the difference in some games. I thought it was a very even game for a long time. I thought we did a lot of things right. At the end of the day Iowa finished us off late. That's what a good team does."
On Jordy: "We thought we could get it to him a lot and we thought we could have some success. He's just getting better and better. Now teams are going to have to double him like they did in the end. He's smart enough and clever enough to still pass it out which is going to open up other opportunities we hope. If they try to play him one-on-one I'm afraid they're going to score. He's got to eliminate some of those inexperienced, silly fouls that hurt us. That hurt him."
On the foul trouble: "I thought it really hurt us at the end of the first half. That's where they got six or eight second chance points. Nick did some really good things and helped us. We couldn't get that first stop. That allowed them to take the lead when we had the lead. That hurt a lot."
On injured players "McVeigh is playing his butt off but we're playing him too many minutes. Now he's chasing staggers and he's getting behind screens so Ellingson gets him late. What do you do? We're two, three bodies short and we know that. Gill's not coming back, hard to tell on Ed, and Glynn will be back it's just a matter of time."