Huskers Hook Horns

The Longhorns (15-6, 4-3) came into Lincoln coming off of two consecutive home losses, while the Huskers (14-7, 4-4) came home after two road conference wins. Only one of these teams would keep their streak alive.

Today, it was Nebraska.

The Huskers knocked off the 16/17th ranked Longhorns in a game that came down to the wire and saw the Huskers ultimately come from twelve down to close out the game and win 58-55.

After the game, coach Sadler expressed his gratitude for his player's efforts.

"Our guys found a way to overachieve and show their toughness. This time, we got some good luck," Sadler said. "I just congratulate our guys because they deserve it."

The win gives the Huskers a three game winning streak going into a week-long break before heading to Missouri.

"I'm not going to say I'm happy we have a break because Coach Doc would be mad at me," Ade Dagunduro joked after the game. "Were going to stay hungry."

Dagunduro had a career high 9-rebounds game in the win.

The first half of this game was sloppy on both sides of the ball. The Huskers were shooting 32% on field goals and were 1-3 on free throws. They managed to keep it close with the Longhorns who committed 9 turnovers and were shooting 33% from field goal range.

The Huskers went into the half down seven when Dexter Pittman was able to make a two point field goal as time expired. The Longhorns were bigger and were playing more physically than the Huskers were.

The Huskers came out flat for the beginning of the second half. They missed the first four shots they took, and allowed the Longhorns to get five easy points, when they started to create distance from the Huskers, taking the first double-digit lead of the game. Steve Harley got his first points of the game at 16:48 of the second half. The Huskers were able to battle back in the next ten minutes, erasing a twelve point deficit and took a three point lead at the 5:00 mark thanks to Cookie Miller's shot clock beating three-pointer.

With 1:22 left, the Huskers held the lead 53-52 and had possession of the ball after a turnover by the Longhorns. These were the moments Coach Sadler had been talking about, when his team needs to close out the game and play smart. Then Ade Dagunduro stepped up.

He was able to give the Huskers a 56-52 lead with 42 seconds left, right before A.J. Abrams did his share for the Longhorns, making his own clutch three-pointer to make the score 56-55 with 34.4 seconds left.

Dagunduro was fouled on the following play with 30.6 seconds left. He missed the first. He made the second.

Abrams missed the next shot for the Longhorns and Sek Henry got the rebound and was fouled with 6.3 seconds left. The Huskers have been in the bonus most of the second half, surprisingly. This was the Huskers chance to finally close out a huge game for them.

Sek made the first shot to make it a three point game. He missed the second. Abrams ran the ball down and took a desperation three-pointer and missed.

The fans on hand went wild, some rushing the court.

The Huskers finally won a big one, so it was time to celebrate.

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