Despite being down one starter and playing its second road game against a ranked opponent in four days, the Nebraska men’s basketball team gave No. 9 Maryland all it could handle in a 72-70 loss Tuesday night at the XFINITY Center.
The Huskers, who trailed by 13 after a cold-shooting first half, used a late rally to put themselves in position to pull the upset. NU trailed 71-64 with less than a minute to play before a 6-0 run made it a one-point game. After Maryland missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Nebraska had a chance to take the lead but Cam Mack, who had just knocked down a pair of clutch free throws, had his potential game-winning layup blocked by Jalen Smith, who then made his first free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining before intentionally missing the second, and the clock expired on the rebound.
Following a pair of road games against top-25 foes, Nebraska returns home on Saturday to take on Wisconsin. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 1:15 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Big Dog Country 98.9 FM and 1340 AM with the Husker Sports Network.
The Nebraska women’s basketball team will work to get back on the winning track when the Huskers play host to Penn State on Thursday night in Lincoln. Tip-off between the Huskers (15-9, 5-8 Big Ten) and the Lady Lions (7-17, 1-12 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Kate Smith closed with a final-round 74 to lead the Nebraska women’s golf team at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday morning.
Smith, a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., finished the three-day tournament with a 54-hole score of 223 (76-73-74) in a tie for 31st.
Nebraska returns to action at the Westbrook Spring Invitational at Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24.