NU Drops Heartbreaker

NU Drops Heartbreaker
Kobe Webster has big day for NU-Photo Courtesy
March 8th, 2021 |

Kobe Webster had a season-high 23 points and five assists, as Nebraska rallied back from a 16-point deficit but Ryan Young’s putback with 2.7 seconds left lifted Northwestern to a 79-78 victory over Nebraska Sunday afternoon.

Webster scored 20 of his 23-points in the second half, as the Huskers erased a 39-30 halftime deficit and began their comeback. The senior guard hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to get NU within 45-43.

Nebraska trailed 65-56 before the Huskers used a 14-2 run to take its first lead since the opening minutes, as Webster’s 3-pointer put NU ahead 68-67 before Lat Mayen’s two free throws made it 70-67 with 3:53 remaining.

The Huskers eventually led 75-71 on Derrick Walker’s putback with 2:22 left, but the Wildcats would rally. Chase Audige’s 3-pointer started a 6-0 run that put the Wildcats up 77-75 on Boo Buie’s free throw with 1:11 left. Nebraska would regain the lead on a three-point play from Trey McGowens with 1:00 remaining to go up 78-77. The Huskers had a chance to stretch the lead, but a turnover on the next possession gave the Wildcats one final shot with 11.5 seconds left. NU forced Pete Nance into a tough shot, but Young was there for the game winner.

Trey McGowens joined Webster in double figures with 15 markers and also dished out five of the Huskers’ 21 assists. Audige led six Northwestern players in double figures with 14.

The Huskers return to action on Wednesday, as they will take on Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 25 minutes following the conclusion of the Minnesota-Northwestern matchup.


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