Huskers have huge comeback win against Iowa
It was a tale of two halves for the Nebraska men's basketball team Saturday at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The home fans sat stunned at halftime as Iowa led the Huskers 41-to-25. And Nebraska scored the final three points of the first half to get it that close.
But in the second half it was all Nebraska. They outscored Iowa 39-to-19 and pulled out a 64-60 win.
The 19-point comeback was the Huskers' third largest since the 1996-97 season, and came against an Iowa team that had never lost at the Sports Center.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles used just his starting five in the second half after three subs in the first half combined for no points and no rebounds.
"I made a conscious effort that we were going to play those five. I felt like we gave everybody a chance in the first half, but we couldn't get them under control. So when we thought those were our five solid most dependable guys and that is who we played. Those other guys will bounce back, I trust those guys, but it was a bad day."
Dylan Talley scored the winning points for Nebraska on a three point field goal with six seconds to go in the game. He finished with a team high 18 points, his fourth straight game scoring at least 16-points.
Nebraska's first lead came with just over two minutes to go in the contest when Shevon Shields hit a field goal to give the Huskers at 58-to-57 lead. Another field goal by Brandon Ubel put the Huskers up by three before the Hawkeyes tied it on a trey by Aaron White.
Ubel says the difference in the second half was team energy.
"Coach came in at half time and erased everything off the board that we had written as keys to the second half, and he said none of it matters unless you play with energy. That is what we did in the second half, and that is why we won the game."
Former South Sioux City star Mike Gesell returned to the Sports Center for the first time since playing in the Class B state championship game last season against Scottsbluff. He started and played 30 minutes for the Hawkeyes, scoring six points and pulling down five rebounds.
With the win Nebraska moves to 13-14 on the season, including 4-10 in Big Ten Conference play. Iowa drops to 17-10 and 6-8 in the conference.
Nebraska will play at Wisconsin Tuesday night.
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