The roller coaster season continues for Indiana.
The Hoosiers blew a 13-point halftime lead and dropped a disappointing 60-55 decision at Nebraska on Thursday night.
Trailing 58-52 late, Yogi Ferrell kept Indiana alive with a big 3-pointer. Tom Crean chose to foul with just over 46 seconds remaining, and Nebraska made one of two. On the other end, Indiana's Stanford Robinson got fouled but missed both free throws, forcing Indiana to foul again.
Nebraska again made one of two, IU failed to score, and the game was over.
Indiana (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) led 32-16 late in the first half and held a 32-19 lead at the break. But the second half was a different story entirely. The Hoosiers struggled to get anything going offensively against Nebraska's zone, and the Cornhuskers got back in the game by making 3-pointers against IU's zone on the other end.
The Hoosiers did everything they could to get the ball inside to star freshman Noah Vonleh, but the Cornhuskers routinely set double teams at him and never let him get comfortable. Vonleh had only seven points and three rebounds to go along with five turnovers.
Ferrell and Robinson combined for 21 points in the first half. They were held without a single combined point for the first 18 minutes, 30 seconds of the second half before Robinson finally made a late jumper. They scored only five points in the final 20 minutes. Ferrell led IU with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Indiana turned the ball over 19 times and had only 19 made field goals. Indiana's freshmen combined for 10 of those miscues.
On the other side, it was Terran Petteway who was mostly responsible for getting Nebraska back in the game. He had 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including a late 3-pointer that put the Cornhuskers ahead by six. He was an efficient 7-of-10 from the field.
Will Sheehey added 12 points and four rebounds for the Hoosiers, but was only 3-of-10 from the field. He also committed a costly foul late with only 13 seconds remaining on the shot clock and Nebraska leading by only four.
We will have more coverage tonight and tomorrow. The Hoosiers are back in action on Sunday at home against No. 10 Michigan.