Husker Update: Basketball, Gymnastics, Bowling

Men’s Basketball

The Nebraska men’s basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.

Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Nebraska tied its season high with 12 three-pointers but Rutgers outscored the Huskers 36-20 on points in the paint, as the Scarlet Knights notched a hard-fought 69-65 women’s basketball win over the Big Red at The RAC on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek matched her season high with 14 points by knocking down a career-high four three-pointers to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa added five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

The Huskers return to Lincoln for the start of spring semester classes on Monday before returning to Big Ten road action at No. 17 Maryland on Thursday in College Park. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at the Xfinity Center

Gymnastics

The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team opened their season at the Rocky Mountain Open. The Huskers claimed second with a score of 403.550 behind No. 2 Oklahoma (409.900). No. 6 Minnesota finished third with a score of 391.250. No. 13 Air Force followed with a score of 381.900 while Washington finished fifth with a score of 375.350.

NU also claimed one event title. Charlie Giles notched a 13.95 earning him the pommel horse title.

The Huskers take on Iowa at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Tumble N’ Rumble.

Bowling

The Nebraska bowling team claimed second place on Sunday in the final day of the Stormin’ Blue & White Vegas Classic.

The Huskers started off the day against No. 3 seeded Tulane and won 4-1 with scores of 232-217, 208-194, 213-236, 212-181, 213-190 . In the second match, NU knocked off No. 1 seeded McKendree in seven games. Nebraska lost the first three (211-189, 190-184, 195-169) but bounced back to win the final four (190-201, 192-214, 190-243, 202-226) and advance to the championship.

In the championship match, NU lost to No. 2 seeded Vanderbilt in another close 4-3 match. Nebraska won the first three 211-189, 190-184 and 195-169, but fell 190-201, 192-214, 190-243 and 202-226 in the last four matches.

The Huskers will return to action on Jan. 24-26 when they compete at the Columbia 300 Saints in Chesterfield, Mo.

The No. 2 Nebraska wrestling team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to No. 8 Wisconsin (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) by a final score of 25-18 at the UW Field House.

The Huskers (5-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will be back in action on Sat., Jan. 18, when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the top-rated Iowa Hawkeyes. Dual meet action is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

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