LINCOLN, Neb. - Two three pointers in the final 15 seconds of overtime couldn’t find their way in and Nebraska lost to Ohio State on Saturday night, 65-62. The loss dropped Nebraska to 14-14 overall this season.
Playing without Shavon Shields (concussion) for the fourth straight game, Nebraska took 35 three-point attempts, hitting on only nine from deep. Andrew White, who has been the Huskers go to player with Shields sidelined, scored 14 points, but went 3 of 17 from the field and 2 of 10 from deep.
“They’re quick to the ball and long and athletic,” said head coach Tim Miles. “They switched stuff out to him, which we knew could happen. There were times we missed guys on slips. I don’t know if you would look at anybody’s line and they would tell you that they’re not shouldering some blame too. We just weren’t aggressive enough until late and when Andrew (White III) started rebounding, that’s when he started playing. We ran a little action for him and he made a tough shot at the end of regulation to give us that two point lead.”
After the game, White took a big portion of the blame for the loss.
“I know that’s kind of a cliche, but we didn't do what we needed to do to win the game and I feel like if I played 25% of what I'm capable of we’d probably come out with it,” said White. “In the locker room, coach held everyone accountable for this play and that play and calls towards the end, but I don’t look at it that way. I felt like I should’ve impacted this game on both ends of the floor to make sure we came out with it especially because it was a game right there in our hands so we can get into the logistics of it later but personally I just wanted to take some accountability for that loss.”
Nebraska was paced by Jack McVeigh’s 16. The true freshman shot 5 of 10 from beyond the arc.
“I was trying to be confident, stay confident like coach kept being in my ear telling me to make plays,” said McVeigh. “During training, obviously I’m getting more reps in at practice and training stuff because Shavon is out so it’s all those little things just trying to be confident and help where I can, wherever the team needs it.”
Nebraska Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska falls to 0-2 in overtime this year, as NU lost to No. 21 Miami, 77-72, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 1
*-Freshman Jack McVeigh led NU with 16 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers. McVeigh averaged 16.5 ppg over the last two games.
*-Nebraska’s 35 3-point attempts were the most by a Husker steal since hoisting 36 3-pointers against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005
*-Nebraska’s 19 offensive rebounds tied a season best set against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 22
*-The Huskers’ 21 first-half points allowed were the lowest since allowing 16 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana in consecutive games in November.
*-Michael Jacobson tied his career high with nine rebounds, including seven offensive boards. He also had nine at Wisconsin on Feb. 10.
*-Tai Webster tied his career high with five assists. It marked the second time in 2015-16 he had five assists (vs. Minnesota) and fourth time in his career.