Cold Shooting Hurts NU in Loss to Texas Tech

Nebraska shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and Texas Tech freshman Martin Zeno led the Red Raiders past the Huskers, 84-68, Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.

Martin Zeno had a career-high 22 points as he hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor and nearly added a double-double with nine rebounds. Texas Tech earned a 45-35 advantage on the glass, marking the first time in league play that NU has been outrebounded.

Zeno got off to a strong start as he scored the first six points of the game for the Red Raiders. Zeno's third basket snapped a 7-0 Nebraska run started by a Joe McCray three-pointer. The Red Raiders answered with eight straight points for a 12-7 lead at the 12:39 mark on a Jarrius Jackson layup.

Texas Tech then used a 12-4 run, including five points by Devonne Giles, to go ahead 24-13. Nebraska cut the lead to five, 25-20, on a McCray layup at the 4:45 mark but TTU used a 7-2 surge to go into the locker room with a 10-point lead, 32-22.

The Red Raiders extended their lead to 14 points, 40-26, four minutes into the second frame before an 8-0 run pulled NU within six, 40-34. Nebraska hit all six free throw attempts in the run, and finished the game hitting a solid 76.0 percent (19-25) at the charity stripe. That percentage was well above its mark from the field, as Nebraska hit just 22-of-66 shots from th field, including 5-of-24 from long range.

Jackson hit a pair of free throws at the 9:31 mark to put Texas Tech ahead 55-40. The lead would stay in double figures utnil the final two minutes when NU cut it to eight, 71-63, on Jason Dourisseau's layup. TTU hit 10 straight free throws over the last three minutes to seal the victory.

McCray and Dourisseau, who came off the bench, led the Huskers with 12 points apiece while Marcus Neal Jr. and Jake Muhleisen each added 11 points. Aleks Maric grabbed a team-high nine rebounds with eight points.

Nebraska returns to the Devaney Center to start a three-game homestand against Utah Valley State in NU's final non-conference game of the regular season. The Huskers and Wolverines will tip off at 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on the Pinnacle Sports Network and


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