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Bizarre finish hands
NU 2nd straight loss
ByAdamKunker
Senior staff writer
After putting together win streaks
of five games and four games, the
Nebraska men’s basketball team found
itself in a new streak on Saturday - one
of the losing variety.
With the Cornhuskers’ 73-68
defeat at the hands of Texas Tech (13
14 overall, 5-9 in the Big 12
Conference), NU has now lost two in a
row, something the squad has not done
since it lost consecutive games to
Missouri and Texas to open Big 12
play in early January.
Against the Red Raiders, it was a
tale of two halves for the Huskers, who
went into halftime down 39-27 after
several strong Tech runs. The Huskers
scored only twice in the final five min
utes of the first period.
But out of the gate in the second
half, NU was hot, at first matching the
Red Raider attack with a 10-9 seesaw
battle before blowing open with a 21 -8
run that spanned nine minutes and 58
seconds and cut the Tech lead to 1 at
59-58..
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Texas Tech 73
Nebraska_ 68
NU guard Cookie Belcher added
two of his game-high eight steals, 4
points and two of his game-high six
assists in the run. Belcher scored 10 of
his 12 points in the second half. Center
Venson Hamilton scored 24 points and
pulled down 11 rebounds to lead NU.
With 2:27 remaining in die game,
Hamilton tossed in NU’s first go
ahead bucket to put the Huskers up 64
63.
Tech regained the lead 22 seconds
later on a Stan Bonewitz jumper and
pushed it to a 3-point game with Red
Raider freshman center Andy Ellis’
lay-in.
The Huskers regrouped and pulled
within 1 point again with a minute
remaining.
Husker guard Chad Johnson, who
also stepped up in the second half, got
the ball after die in-bound and put up
another shot among the trees in the
paint and drew a foul, putting him at
the free-throw line with 7.6 seconds
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remaining and NU down 67-66.
Johnson made both shots from die
charity stripe, two of five key free
throws he made that night, en route to
a 7-point second half and a 9-point
performance for the game. . ^
But the Huskers would not score
again as Young took the Tech in-bound
pass and drove the length of the court
to score a go-ahead layup with 1.9 sec
onds left
On the NU in-bound, Hamilton
stepped over the baseline, costing the
Huskers a key possession. NU was
then forced to foul Tech forward Cliff
Owens, who made both ends of a one
and-one.
Husker guard Troy Piatkowski
threw the NU in-bound pass baseline
to baseline and Tech regained posses
sion. A technical foul was then
charged to the Husker bench and
Young made both free throws to ice the
game with 1.9 seconds still remaining.
Tech had scored 6 points without the
clock moving.
For die Red Raiders, Young led all
scorers with 25 points While Bonewitz
shot 5-9 (.556) from 3-point land and
had 19 points.
Texas withstands NU charge
to nab Big 12 conference title
By Brandon Schulte
Staff writer
Even a late charge by the
Nebraska swimming and diving
teams at the Big 12 Championships
wasn’t'enough to surpass Texas.
Texas became the first school
other than Nebraska to win the
championships in the three year his
tory of the conference by a score of
881.50 to 851.50. The second place
finish snaps a five-year string of
conference titles for the women
from 1993-1998.
With two events to go on the
third and final day, the Huskers held
an 18-point margin over the
Longhorns. Nebraska trailed by 60
points entering die final day but NU
charged to die lead with four con
secutive victories.
If was sparked by Shandra
Johnson who was named the Big
12’s outstanding swimmer for the
second straight year. She took the
200-yard backstroke and was fol
lowed by Therese Alshammar in the
100-yard freestyle, Janna Brock in
the 200-yard breaststroke and
Destiny Lauren in the 200-yard but
terfly.
In the end, it wasn’t enough after
Texas placed four divers in the
finals of the platform competition.
Coach Cal Bentz was happy
with the performance of his team.
“I don’t think we could have
swam any better than we did today,”
Bentz said. “We knew we had a lot
of points to make up. But our team
gave it everything they had today.”
NU raced to victory in the‘400
yard freestyle relay with Beth
Karaica, Helene Muller, Stacey
Sedlacek and Alshammar.
Johnson was pleased on being
named the outstanding performer of
the meet
“I’m happy that the coaches feel
that I deserve the award,” Johnson
said. “I didn’t really think about
wining it for the second-straight
year.”
Johnson won the backstroke,
500-yard freestyle, 200-yard
freestyle and anchored the first
place 800-yard freestyle relay with
Muller, Alshammar and Emma
Johnson. This was the second
straight year she won these events at
the meet
Johnson accomplished all of
these feats without the advantage of
being shaved and tapered. The rest
of the Huskers weren’t shaved or
tapered either.
Instead, the team is looking
ahead to nationals March 18-20 in
Athens, Ga. Bentz is already look
ing forward to the meet
‘Texas was a little better than us
this weekend,” Bentz said. “Now we
just have to look ahead to swimming
well at the NCAA Championships.”
Huskers win
two, lose one
over weekend
From staff reports
The Nebraska baseball team
rounded out its weekend at the
Marriott West Loop Invitational in
Houston with a 2-1 record in pool
play.
The Gornhuskers gained victo
ries over Nicholls State and
Jacksonville State, and lost a hard
fought game to No. 2 Rice to even
their season record at 5-5.
In the 5-3 loss to Rice on
Saturday, NU was led by Ken Harvey,
who hit his fifth home run of the year
and had three of Nebraska’s seven
hits.
Scott Fries, who pitched a com
plete game, took the loss for the
Huskers, his first of the season.
Sunday’s 15-3 Husker win over
Jacksonville State produced quite a
few offensive leaders as NU’s Justin
Gowan, Jamal Strong and Brandt
Vlieger were a combined 9-for-13
with four RBI and seven runs scored.
Gowan alone hit three doubles in
the affair as 10 Huskers hit safely on
the way to 19 team hits. Strong stole
his third base of the season.
NU hurler Steve Hale netted his
first victory of the year, giving up
seven hits and three runs (two
earned), while yielding no walks and
striking out seven.
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