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James Palmer’s last-second 3-pointer gives Huskers win over Illinois

LINCOLN — If Nebraska’s goal in Big Ten men’s basketball is to survive and advance, the Huskers did the bare minimum Monday night against the last winless team in the league.

Guard James Palmer hit a leaning 3-pointer from the wing with 0.3 seconds left to give the Huskers a 64-63 victory over Illinois in front of 12,597 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Had Palmer ever hit a game-winning shot before?

“Of course,’’ the 6-foot-6 junior said. “If you play basketball, you’re going to get a couple of game-winners. But this probably was the biggest one.’’

Palmer, who led all scorers with 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting, had to sweat out a review as to whether his foot was on the 3-point line. It wasn’t, as a replay on the big screen proved.

“I was just trying to get back on defense so they don’t hit a shot,’’ he said. “I heard the fans going crazy, so I knew it was a 3 after that.’’

The winning shot capped a night of redemption for Palmer.

NU’s leading scorer at 15.2 points a game was coming off his worst outing — five points on 1 of 9 shooting in a 76-74 loss at Penn State. He was benched the final 10 minutes of regulation and all of overtime.

“I definitely had to come out and play well this game,’’ Palmer said. “I couldn’t have two bad games in a row. At Penn State, it was really on me because I didn’t show up in a road game.

“We really took the loss hard, so we had to come out and play hard and try to help the team as much as possible.’’

Palmer also had some in-game redemption to do for Nebraska (13-7, 4-3).

With Illinois having cut an eight-point deficit to two at 59-57 inside two minutes, Palmer came off the dribble but bobbled the ball out of bounds with 1:22 to play.

But on the ensuing possession for the Illini (10-9, 0-6), Palmer swiped the ball near midcourt and raced in for a dunk and a 61-57 lead with 59 seconds left.

Illinois countered with a basket from center Michael Finke with 32 seconds left. The Illini fouled Palmer with 23 seconds left, and he missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Finke, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, struck again with 8.1 seconds left. He swished a 3-pointer and drew a foul from forward Isaiah Roby. Finke completed the four-point play for a 63-61 lead.

Nebraska called time and had to go the length of the court. The ball was in-bounded to point guard Glynn Watson, who struggled to get to halfcourt.

“I got scared because ‘G’ kind of got caught up,’’ NU guard Evan Taylor said. “Then he threw it to James and I saw James take the dribble. When it went in, I just froze. I was like, ‘Wow, we won!’ I was really happy. This was a big game for us.’’

Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Watson made a strong play under pressure to get the ball to Palmer.

“James is the kind of guy who practices that shot every day,’’ Miles said. “So we’ll take it. We’ve been on the other end of two of them. It was good to get one.’’

Taylor didn’t start for the first time this season — Anton Gill did — but he produced a starter’s line: 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, two assists and no turnovers.

Roby also drew his first start at center. He had nine points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. The rebounds he got were valued as Illinois had a 46-29 advantage on the boards and a 14-4 edge in second-chance points.

The game, Roby said, was “hectic, kind of chaotic.’’

Case in point: with about five minutes left, Roby missed a wide-open dunk, then bobbled a pass while open in the lane on the next possession. But he turned right around and grabbed a Palmer airball and converted it into a basket.

“That’s how they like to play, so we kind of played into their hands,’’ Roby said. “But it’s a win. That’s the ultimate thing.’’

Roby sparked a 14-0 Nebraska run in the second half that turned a 40-34 deficit into a 48-40 lead. He started it with a layup. Palmer hit a jumper. Then Roby deflected an Illinois pass, dove for the ball near midcourt and saved it into play for Taylor to break away for a dunk, bringing one of the biggest cheers of the night.

Despite some of the ugly statistics — the minus-17 on rebounds and going 5 of 23 on 3-pointers (21.7 percent) — Nebraska went home smiling.

Said Miles: “I’d rather be lucky than good.”

Nebraska sophomore center Jordy Tshimanga will return to the men’s basketball team

Nebraska starting center Jordy Tshimanga, who left the team last Thursday and asked for a scholarship release, will return to the team Tuesday, coach Tim Miles said.

Tshimanga, who didn’t attend Monday’s home game against Illinois, said in a statement:

“Last week, I discussed some personal issues with Coach Miles. This conversation resulted in me not participating in team activities the last few days, but it has allowed me to work on these issues so I can fully focus on academics and basketball.”

The 6-foot-11 sophomore from Montreal thanked the coaching staff, his teammates and NU fans, saying: “I will continue to work hard to bring success to this team.”

Tshimanga started Nebraska’s first 18 games this season, averaging 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. As a freshman, he played in 31 games and started nine.

He shocked teammates and coaches by meeting with Miles shortly before Nebraska left for Penn State last Thursday and saying he wanted to transfer.

Unknown to Tshimanga at the time was that he would have had to sit out 1½ years before becoming eligible at another Division I school because he had already attended class and played in a game in Nebraska’s second semester.

Newly committed Breon Dixon could play a variety of defensive positions for Huskers

LINCOLN — Nebraska football’s immediate roster makeover continued Sunday when the Huskers accepted their second transfer player in a week.

Ole Miss transfer Breon Dixon committed to NU and will start classes next week. He joins quarterback Noah Vedral — who came back to Nebraska from Central Florida — and five junior college transfers, four of whom are already on campus. Dixon was the first commit of the recruiting weekend and may not be the last, although none of the high school prospects who visited for the weekend had officially committed by Sunday night.

At 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Dixon could play a variety of positions for Nebraska — outside linebacker, safety, even corner in a nickel or dime package. He had five tackles as a true freshman at Ole Miss and chose to transfer, like some of his former teammates, when the Rebels’ bowl ban for recruiting violations was extended an extra year by the NCAA. In a previous World-Herald interview, Dixon said he felt misled by former Rebel coach Hugh Freeze — who, before he was fired, assured 2017 recruits the damage to Ole Miss would be minimal — and subsequently buried on the depth chart so other teams couldn’t see what kind of player he was.

Nebraska’s new coaching staff remembered. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander — and tight ends coach Sean Beckton, who recruits Atlanta, Dixon’s hometown — tried to recruit Dixon to UCF. They offered a scholarship to NU, as well. A consensus four-star recruit who was rated as ESPN’s No. 144 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, Dixon attended the same high school — Loganville (Georgia) Grayson — as current Husker inside ‘backer Mohamed Barry, and Dixon, like Barry, is trained in Atlanta by ex-Husker Eric Johnson.

Dixon will appeal for and expects to be granted immediate eligibility along with the rest of the Mississippi transfers, including new Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson.

“Jim Harbaugh’s going to fight hard for Shea to be eligible and I figure once he gets it, the rest of us will,” Dixon said said in early January.

NU beat out Wisconsin for Dixon’s services, in part because of coach continuity. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard just completed his first season.

“Coach Leonhard’s a great coach, and I’m not sure he’s going to be at Wisconsin very long,” Dixon said. “He’s probably going to be a head coach soon.”

NU hosted several high school prospects this weekend including Avon (Connecticut) Old Farms Prep School defensive end Casey Rogers, Independence (Missouri) Chrisman defensive end Daniel Carson, Bergen County (New Jersey) Catholic pass rusher Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Lawrenceville (Georgia) Archer cornerback Taiyon Palmer, Lithonia (Georgia) Miller Grove pass rusher Caleb Tannor, Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) American Heritage offensive weapon Miles Jones, Norco (California) offensive guard Jarrett Bell and Orlando (Florida) Dr. Phillips’ defensive back Braxton Clark. Mansfield (Texas) safety Cam’ron Jones visited unofficially.

Nebraska women’s basketball lands first 2019 commit in Connecticut guard Makenzie Helms

LINCOLN — Makenzie Helms felt the hair on the back of her neck stand up and thought, yep, this must be the place.

So the Nebraska women’s basketball team picked up its first commit for the 2019 recruiting class. Helms, a 5-foot-8 guard from East Haven, Connecticut, attended the Huskers’ 69-64 overtime loss to Michigan last week. She loved the game, coach Amy Williams, her future teammates and the atmosphere.

“I’ve always thought to myself that, if I get that feeling, I’m not going to keep schools waiting,” said Helms, who said she averages 17 points and eight assists for East Haven. She played her two previous years at The Loomis Chaffee School, a boarding school in Connecticut.

That was before Helms’ recruiting took off while she played AAU ball out of New York City, two hours southwest of her home in Connecticut. On the Nike EYBL circuit, Helms got the attention of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Yale, Penn, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Syracuse, among others. NU assistant Chuck Love saw Helms at a tournament, Helms said. Love told Williams. Williams contacted Helms. And Helms included Nebraska in her series of unofficial visits.

She’d never been to Nebraska or anywhere close to it.

“But my dad told me never to cross off a school because of distance,” Helms said.

Originally, Helms had planned to play 12 miles from home. She committed as a sophomore to Quinnipiac because her grandpa, who’d been diagnosed with cancer, wanted to see her play in college. She reopened her recruiting process not long after he passed away.

“Most schools told me I was crazy for committing to Quinnipiac,” Helms said. “They were happy I’d reopened my recruiting process.”

Nebraska’s offense – which emphasizes ball screens, movement and 3-point shooters – intrigued Helms.

“I love the system that she runs,” Helms said of Williams. “She sets a lot of screens and that’s what I’m looking for. I think I’m going to fit well in it.”

A student with a 4.5 GPA, Helms said she wants to be on the “pre-med track” at Nebraska. She also wants to be a big part of Husker hoops going forward. At the game it was already a family, as she and her family were greeted by all the parents of current Nebraska players.

“That was nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Helms said.

By the time Helms enrolls, current guards Hannah Whitish, Bria Stallworth and Nicea Eliely will be seniors, Taylor Kissinger will be a junior 2018 guard signees Sam Haiby and  Leigha Brown will be sophomores.

Huskers’ Super Bowl streak guaranteed to go on

With Minnesota’s miraculous, last-play win over New Orleans on Sunday, the Huskers’ streak of having a player on a Super Bowl roster is guaranteed to reach a quarter century.

Jeremiah Sirles and the Vikings will face Nate Gerry and the Eagles in the NFC championship game next Sunday, meaning at least one former Husker will be on a Super Bowl roster for a 25th straight year, the longest streak in the nation.

Sirles, a guard, played 14 regular-season games with four starts for the Vikings.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots feature two former NU players, running back Rex Burkhead and defensive lineman Vincent Valentine.

Husker women nearly upset No. 23 Michigan, but fall in overtime after controversial call

LINCOLN — They heard the boos at the whistle that helped deny the Nebraska women an upset.

But Husker guards Hannah Whitish and Jasmine Cincore didn’t look up at the Pinnacle Bank Arena video screens to see if the foul called on Nicea Eliely at the end of regulation was legitimate. The fans saw it. The media saw it. A BTN replay bouncing across Twitter made sure anyone who cared to see it saw it. Not Whitish or Cincore or their coach Amy Williams. Not even directly after the game.

“I’m going to trust the ref made the right call,” Whitish said.

Whitish may not want to look then. NU lost 69-64 in overtime to No. 23 Michigan. Turnovers and missed shots sealed the Huskers’ fate in the extra period, but the game turned on Eliely’s foul with 0.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Nebraska led 62-59 when Eliely came out to contest freshman guard Deja Church’s corner 3-pointer. Eliely probably wasn’t supposed to — Williams told players in a timeout just seconds before not to foul, or even try to, once a Michigan player was in shooting position around the 3-point line because it was “too risky.”

“We didn’t want to foul the 3-point shooter,” Williams said.

But Williams said Eliely “played to win” when she leapt at Church.

“I’m proud of the way our team defended,” Williams said.

Replays showed Eliely blocked the shot cleanly. She was whistled for the foul anyway.

Church made all three free throws. Overtime. Ol’ momentum put on a Michigan jersey.

“I know they may not be happy with the call, but there’s a lot of calls I haven’t been happy with throughout the game and throughout the season,” UM coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “But the fact that my kid still had to go to the free-throw line and make three free throws just says a lot about our team.”

Did she think Michigan earned the foul?

“I let the referees ref the game and I coach the game,” Barnes Arico said. “They made the call and we shot the free throws.”

It was the flashpoint moment of a long, strange game. The teams combined for 92 points in a free-flowing, fast-paced first half, full of 3-pointers and trap defenses and well-executed halfcourt offense. Michigan led 48-44 at the break.

In the third quarter, though, time warped to the peach basket era. Over 10 minutes, Michigan scored five points. Nebraska scored four. The teams committed 17 turnovers.

“Pretty crazy,” Williams said. “High-powered, potent offense in the first half and then the defenses slugged it out and battled in the second half.”

“The pace just slowed down so much,” Barnes Arico said.

When UM All-Big Ten guard Katelynn Flaherty — who led all scorers with 26 points — hit a 3-pointer with 8:33 left in the game to give Michigan a 56-48 lead, Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) could have wilted away.

Instead Williams inserted talented freshman Taylor Kissinger, who spent most of the game on the bench because of an illness. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run. The 4,279 at PBA lit up.

Michigan’s Hailey Brown tied the game 59-59 with her 3-pointer at the 1:27 mark. Then Whitish — who led NU with 16 points — hit three free throws over two possessions to give NU a 62-59 lead. Michigan called timeout at 21 seconds and again at 7.7 seconds to set up a play. Flaherty, UM’s best player by some margin, did not take the final 3-pointer.

Church, right next to her own bench, did. She’d attempted 24 3-pointers this season and hit eight heading into the game. As the foul was called, one Michigan assistant jumped off the bench with both hands in the air, as if he’d scored a touchdown. Williams just spun away from the action and walked back toward her bench, clapping hard at her players.

“I know right there we just need to move on to the next play,” Williams said.

Williams recalled a double-overtime game at Drake this season that featured similar gut punches but resulted in a win.

Michigan (15-4, 4-2) is better than Drake. Nebraska’s best chance to win the game in overtime ended when another Kissinger 3-point rainbow rimmed in and out with 16 seconds left.

The Huskers haven’t lost a true road game this season. But the next step is beating a good team at home. Didn’t happen against Creighton, Washington State, Ohio State or Michigan. Perhaps No. 18 Iowa on Tuesday night.

For a Husker team that just tried to keep its head above water last season- and usually drowned anyway – it’s a welcome change, trading blows with NCAA tournament squads.

But you know how success works. A little more is never enough.

“It was a very disappointed locker room,” Williams said.

Legendary announcer Keith Jackson held Nebraska football fans in high regard

There’s a room named after legendary play-by-play announcer Keith Jackson in the Memorial Stadium press box.

Jackson, whose signature phrases like “Whoa, Nelly!” made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster, died Friday. He was 89.

Jackson was the lead commentator for many moments in Husker history. He called Nebraska’s victory over Oklahoma in 1978 — when the Huskers forced six fumbles to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Sooners — the 1974 Sugar Bowl and the 1997 win at No. 2 Washington, among countless other classics.

He became such a regular presence in Lincoln that when Memorial Stadium underwent a renovation in the late ’90s, there was a particular part of the press box dedicated to him — the bathroom in the TV broadcast booth.

Don Bryant, the longtime NU sports information director, said Jackson told him at the time he was pleasantly surprised that he would have access to a bathroom in the booth rather than have to use the facilities open to the rest of the working news media. Seeing an opportunity to have some fun with his longtime friend, Bryant had an engraved sign hung next to the door of the TV booth bathroom: “Keith Jackson Toilet Facility.”

Jackson seemed to always hold Nebraska fans in high regard. In a 2010 interview with The World-Herald, Jackson said his favorite memory from calling Nebraska games was seeing how gracious Husker fans were in defeat, like in a 1985 loss to Florida State or to Washington in 1991.

“Maybe it’s because I’m an old country boy,” Jackson said, “but I respect that from a crowd, who will say to the winner, ‘Well done.’ ”

Jackson also recorded a video tribute to Nebraska fans that was played during the celebration of Memorial Stadium’s 300th consecutive sellout in 2009.

“300 consecutive sellouts? Are you kidding? Wow!” Jackson said in the video. “And some of the guys from that first Bob Devaney team are here today to join the party as well. These are the guys that sowed the seeds. They’re the ones that set the discipline standard. They’re the ones that opened the door to this historic day. 300 consecutive sellouts. The whole nation of college football stands in admiration.”

Jackson covered many sports, but he was best known for college football. A native of rural west Georgia, his smooth baritone voice and use of phrases like “big uglies” for linemen gave his game calls a familiar feel.

He might be best known for his “Whoa, Nelly!” exclamation, but he didn’t overuse it during games. Borrowed from his great-grandfather, a farmer, the phrase was also part of a commercial Jackson did for Miller Lite in the mid-’90s.

In a Fox Sports interview in 2013, Jackson said his folksy language stemmed from his rural upbringing and he became comfortable with the usage through the years.

“I would go around and pluck things off the bush and see if I could find a different way to say some things. And the older I got the more willing I was to go back into the Southern vernacular because some of it’s funny,” Jackson said.

Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Co., said listeners “knew it was a big game” when they heard Jackson’s voice.

“For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” Iger said.

Jackson’s death comes just three weeks after that of another sportscasting titan — Dick Enberg, known for his own excited calls of “Oh, my!” during a 60-year career.

Today’s college football broadcasters paid tribute to Jackson on social media.

Kirk Herbstreit said in a tweet that Jackson was “everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster.”

“Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them,” Herbstreit wrote.

Desmond Howard, who returned a punt for a touchdown at Michigan in one of Jackson’s best-known calls, tweeted that he had a hard time expressing how much Jackson meant to him, his alma mater and college football.

“May his family find some comfort in knowing how much joy he brought us for so many years and that his legacy endures,” Howard said.

After serving four years in the Marine Corps, Jackson broadcast his first college football game in 1952 as an undergraduate at Washington State. He worked in radio and television before joining ABC Sports in 1966.

Jackson first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work. He finally retired after the 2006 Rose Bowl and is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann.

Funeral arrangements were not announced.

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Huskers win 21 events at season-opening Graduate Classic track and field meet

LINCOLN ­— Nebraska track and field won 14 events Saturday to bring the Huskers’ two-day total to 21 individual titles at the indoor season-opening Graduate Classic.

The Huskers dominated Saturday’s field events, winning seven of eight. Landon Bartel won the high jump, posting the Big Ten’s top mark at 7 feet, 3 inches.

In front of 1,796 fans at the Devaney Center, the Huskers also swept the 60-meter hurdles and the distance medley and 1,600 relays.

Jasmine Barge won the women’s 60 hurdles at 8.42 seconds, with Antoine Lloyd (7.92) claiming the the men’s race.

Chelsey Jones, Katrina Santiago, Haley Harsin, Emma Bresser and Elsa Forsberg (3 minutes, 48.33) won the women’s 1,600 relay by six seconds. Jones also claimed the women’s 200 meters with her personal-best indoor time (24.81).

The Husker men’s 1,600 relay team (Cody Walton, Sam Bransby, Moujtaba Mohammed and Andy Neal), finished 3:12.41 to win by seven seconds.

The women’s distance medley relay team of Katrina Santiago, Haley Harsin, Emma Bresser and Elsa Forsberg finished at 12:14.05, with the men’s team of Karson LeComte, Mark Jarecki, Ty Moss and Jordan De Spong winning at 10:05.31.

Nebraska will host the Mark Colligan Memorial beginning Saturday.

Graduate Classic at Devaney Center


Event winners: 60: 1, Terence Ware, Barton County CC, 6.70. 8, Mike Mitchell, NU, 7.00. 200: 1, Dartez Hamlin, Barton County CC, 21.74. 3, Elijah Lucy, NU, 21.79. 400: 1, Malik Metivier, Drake, 49.33. 600: 1, Decano Cronin, Fort Hays St. 1:19.54. 2, Sam Bransby, NU, 1:20.70. 800: 1, Ty Moss, NU, 1:53.54. 1,000: 1, Moujtaba Mohammed, NU, 2:30.98. Mile: 1, Brett Meyer, Fort Hays St., 4:15.38. 4, Karson LeComte, NU, 4:18.89. 3,000: 1, Alvaro Sanabria, McMillan Running, 8:26.28. 3, Bailey Timmons, NU, 8:31.19. 5,000: 1, Quinlan Moll, UMKC, 14:52.68. 60 hurdles: 1, Antoine Lloyd, NU, 7.89. 1,600 relay: 1, Nebraska A (Cody Walton, Sam Bransby, Moujtaba Mohammed, Andrew Neal), 3:12.41. Medley: 1, Nebraska A (Karson LeComte, Mark Jarecki, Ty Moss, Jordan De Spong), 10:05.31. Shot: 1, Kevin Nedrick, Barton County CC, 59-1½. 5, Grady Leonard, NU, 54-2. High jump: 1, Landon Bartel, NU, 7-3. High jump unseeded: 1, Jonathan Spearman Cloud County CC, 6-6¼. Triple jump: 1, Kaiwan Culmer, NU, 50-3½. Long jump: 1, Isaiah Griffith, NU, 24-7¾. Vault: 1, Tyler Loontjer, NU, 17-1. Vault unseeded: 1, Bailey Stapleman, UNK, 16-5¼. Weight: 1, Nathan Houser, Midland, 60-9½.


Event winners: 60: 1, Keosha Saunders, Barton County CC, 7.51. 2, Lakayla Harris, NU, 7.60. 200: 1, Chelsey Jones, NU, 24.81. 400: 1, Davia Smith, Butler CC, 56.46. 18, Rebecca Moore, NU, 1:02.71. 600: 1, Latoya Stewart, Barton County CC, 1:36.16. 3, Haley Harsin, NU, 1:36.88. 800: 1, Ashleigh Carr, NU, 2:18.01. 1,000: 1, Emma Bresser, NU, 3:01.67. Mile: 1, Judi Jones, NU, 5:05.42. 3,000: 1, Bailee Cofer, Drake, 10:01.83. 5,000: 1, Chandler Carreon, UMKC, 18:02.62. 60 hurdles: 1, Jasmine Barge, NU, 8.57. 1,600 relay: 1, Nebraska A (Chelsey Jones, Lakayla Harris, Quashira McIntosh, Ashleigh Carr), 3:48.33. Medley: 1, Nebraska A (Katrina Santiago, Haley Harsin, Emma Bresser, Elsa Forsberg), 12:14.05. Shot: 1, Toni Tupper, NU, 52-1¾. High jump: 1, Lara Omerzu, NU, 5-10½. High jump unseeded: 1, Tierney Linder, NU, 5-7. Triple jump: 1, Angela Mercurio, NU, 40-11. Long jump: 1, Raynesha Lewis, NU, 19-1¼. Vault: 1 (tie), Brittany Kallenberger, Unattached, 12-03½. 1 (tie), Madeline Holland, NU, 12-03½. Vault unseeded: 1, Thais Gomes, Cowley College, 11-5¾. Weight: 1, Michaela Dendinger, Wayne St., 62-6¾. 4, Kristina Insingo, NU, 52-4.

Nebraska basketball rallies to force overtime, but falls short in final seconds at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nebraska made up a 16-point deficit in the second half Friday night at Penn State to force overtime. The Huskers then took the lead three times in the extra period.

But a 17-foot jumper from guard Tony Carr with 2.7 seconds left gave Penn State a 76-74 victory.

Carr, who was 2 of 17 from the field in regulation, hit 3 of 4 shots in overtime.

Nebraska had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but guard Glynn Watson’s off-balance 3-pointer rimmed away. At game’s end, forward Isaiah Roby tried a 45-footer that was short.

“Tough game and a disappointing loss,” coach Tim Miles said on his radio show. “I thought we had done enough things to come back and earn the win. But we didn’t do enough with discipline and execution.”

The execution of the final attempt in regulation drew criticism from Miles.

Nebraska flipped the game by going to a 1-3-1 zone with about eight minutes left and trailing by 13. The Huskers went on a 19-6 run, which Watson capped with a tying jumper with 1:25 to play.

With 25 seconds left, guard Evan Taylor stripped the ball from Penn State’s Lamar Stevens, who led all scorers with 26 points, and Watson collected it to give NU a chance at the final shot.

“We run a play late and break it off and take a bad shot at the end of regulation,” said Miles, who wanted Watson to drive to the basket after a screen from Roby at the top of the key.

“Isaiah is coming in to set the screen and is getting held up a little bit, and couldn’t quite get in position. Then Glynn broke the play off and unfortunately took a tough shot. Tough shots are usually bad shots.”

In overtime, Roby scored five quick points and guard Anton Gill hit a tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.

But Carr hit a 3-pointer with 3:10 left, a 2 with 1:09 left, two free throws with 23 seconds left and the winning jumper from the left elbow with 2.7 seconds to go.

The Nittany Lions’ four field goals in overtime were double what they produced in the final eight minutes of regulation against Nebraska’s zone.

Miles said he considered going zone earlier.

“I talked to some of the coaches,” he said. “But the first half, our defense wasn’t awful. They shot 38 percent the first half. It’s just that our offense got worse as the thing went on.”

Nebraska led 15-14 with 10 minutes to go in the first half, then made three baskets the rest of the half, allowing Penn State to take a 33-24 lead.

The Nittany Lions scored the first six points of the second half and built the lead to 16 points twice — the second at 47-31 with 16:28 to go.

But NU forward Isaac Copeland sparked a comeback. He scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Roby added seven of his 12 in that span.

Copeland, Roby and Watson, who finished with 21 points, scored Nebraska’s final 19 in regulation to get to overtime.

Nebraska (12-7, 3-3) played without starting center Jordy Tshimanga, who stayed in Lincoln and is considering a transfer. Miles said that decision should come soon.

Penn State (13-6, 3-3) played without starting guard Josh Reaves, who missed a second straight game because of academics.

NU’s leading scorer, guard James Palmer, had his worst night as a Husker. He scored five points — 10.8 fewer than his average — and made 1 of 9 shots.

Nebraska, which could have been alone in fourth place in the Big Ten with a victory, plays Illinois at home Monday.

Nebraska wrestling overcomes deficit with three straight wins to beat Purdue

LINCOLN — No. 19 Nebraska got three straight wins late in Friday’s dual to earn a 20-15 victory over No. 22 Purdue at the Devaney Center.

Purdue won four straight matches, capped by Nate Limmex’s 5-3 upset over ninth-ranked CJ Red at 141 pounds, to take a 12-8 lead with four matches left.

But the Huskers then got a technical fall from Colton McCrystal at 149 pounds, a 7-2 decision from Tyler Berger at 157 and a 13-2 major decision from Isaiah White at 165 to secure the win.

Early in the dual, Nebraska freshman Eric Schultz recorded a second-period pin at 197 pounds. Schultz led 13-4 before the pin.

In the final match, 12th-ranked Dylan Lydy of Purdue and Beau Breske were tied 1-1 before Lydy got a takedown 40 seconds into sudden-victory.

Nebraska, which improves to 2-1 in Big Ten duals, goes on the road to face Northwestern next Friday.

Nebraska 20, Purdue 15

184: Taylor Venz, N, dec. Max Lyon, 5-3. 197: Eric Schultz, N, pinned Kobe Woods, 4:50. HWT: Shawn Streck, P, dec. David Jensen, 12-5. 125: Devin Schroder, P, dec. Mitchell Maginnis, 7-5. 133: Ben Thornton, P, dec. Brian Peska, 6-0. 141: Nate Limmex, P, dec. CJ Red, 5-3. 149: Colton McCrystal, N, tech. fall Koby Reyes, P, 21-6. 157: Tyler Berger, N, dec. Griffin Parriott, 7-2. 165: Isaiah White, N, major dec. Jacob Morrissey, 13-2. 174: Dylan Lydy, P, dec. Beau Breske, 3-1 SV-1. (Nebraska was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.) A: 1,031.