After an abysmal first half, Nebraska rallied in the second but couldn’t quite get by Rutgers on the road Saturday afternoon in a 65-64 loss.
Rutgers scored on a putback with 1 second left. This is Nebraska’s second straight loss in the final seconds. Ohio State made a last-second layup to win last Wednesday.
Nebraska (9-10, 3-4) has lost four straight games.
Rutgers (12-8, 1-6), meanwhile, broke a seven-game losing streak to notch its second victory against a Big Ten team in 41 games.
Why Nebraska lost
Nebraska dug itself a pretty deep hole in the first half. In the final 10 minutes and 25 seconds of the half, the Huskers missed an astonishing 17 straight shots from the floor.
Nebraska ended the half shooting 22 percent and just 1-for-10 on 3-pointers.
Rutgers, meanwhile, went on an 18-4 run in the final 10:25 of the half to go ahead, 31-21.
Nebraska began the second half hitting six of its first nine shots and tying the score at 37, then took a 39-38 lead.
The Huskers scored 21 points, matching their first half total, in the first eight minutes, primarily behind senior guard Tai Webster and sophomore guard Glynn Watson, who drove for easy buckets.
Nebraska started taking, and making, higher-percentage shots. They did that, but couldn’t finish down the stretch yet again.
Who showed up
Webster extended his streak to 19 games scoring in double-digits. He finished with 14 points.
Sophomore Jack McVeigh also played well, particularly late. McVeigh hit four 3-pointers in the second half alone, and finished with 12 points.
Nebraska’s freshmen, Isaiah Roby and Jordy Tshimanga combined for six points, three turnovers in 19 minutes of combined play.
What it means
This one is brutal. Nebraska is now below .500 in conference play after beginning the Big Ten season at 3-0. Momentum from those three wins is gone.
Who is next
Nebraska will travel to Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 26. The Wildcats are currently on a three-game win streak and 15-4 overall. Nebraska lost to Northwestern, 74-66, at home on Jan. 8
Another brutal loss. pic.twitter.com/I8uXkZAbrL
— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) January 21, 2017