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Frogs’ second-half drive
removes Huskers from NIT
Senior staff writer
The up-and-down year that was
Nebraska basketball in the 1998-99
season came to an almost anti-cli
mactic end March 14 with a 101-89
loss to Texas Christian in Fort Worth,
Texas, in the second round of the NTT.
Despite the Comhuskers’ third
highest point total of the season, a
career-high 23 points from Cary
Cochran and a halftime lead, NU
slowly faded in the second half.
The Homed Frogs shot 62.1 per
cent (36-58) from the field for the
game, en route to a 60-point second
half that eclipsed the 46 points scored
by the Huskers in the latter period.
Five of the six players that took
the court for TCU turned in double
digit point performances, headlined
by center Marquise Gainous’ 30
points and nine rebounds.
Also sparked by Prince Fowler
with 17 points and Lee Nailon with
20, the Frogs put the Huskers on the
ropes in the middle of the second half
and continued pounding away,
outscoring NU 60-46.
“That was probably the best sec
ond half of basketball we’ve played
all year,” TCU Coach Billy Tubbs
With 10 minutes remaining and
NU leading 67-66 following an Andy
Markowski jumper, the Horned
Frogs went on a renewed attack with
an 18-4 run that lasted just over five
The Huskers still held on, howev
er, and mustered 18 points in the last
4:49. But TCU held fast to its own
postseason prowess and scored 17
points of its own to collect its second
win in the NIT.
And with numbers like those of
their second-half field goal percent
age (20-26 for 76.9 percent), it was
evident that the Frogs had something
on their side.
We 'fed off the crowd
and each other’s
“We fed off the crowd and each
other’s play,” said Fowler, who also
dished out seven assists, blocked two
shots and tabbed three steals in addi
tion to his 17 points.
For the Huskers, Cochran was 7
10 (.700) from 3-point range to lead
the NU squad with 23 points. Venson
Hamilton notched another double
double,his 18th of the season, with 19
points and 10 rebounds. Hamilton
finishes his career at NU with 46
Forward Larry Florence and
guard Cookie Belcher scored 16 and ,
15 points, respectively.
Huskers finish 12th at NCAA swim meet
■ Alshammar paces NU
as Huskers finish ahead of
Big 12 rival Texas.
From staff reports
The Nebraska women’s swim
ming and diving team got some sweet
revenge Saturday at the NCAA
Championships in Athens, Ga.
After losing the Big 12 title to
Texas earlier, the Comhuskers beat
the Longhorns in finishing 12th after
three days of competitions with 133
points. UT finished 13th with 126
The finish was the fifth highest in
history for Nebraska and is the fifth
consecutive season that NU has fin
ished in the Top 15.
Host and favorite Georgia won the
overall title with 504.5 points, with
Stanford (441) and Southern
Methodist (370.5) trailing after.
“From eighth to 14th, the team
race was really tight,” NU Coach Cal
Bentz said. “This is die fastest NCAA
meet ever contested, and we’re privi
leged to be a part of that.”
The Huskers trailed Texas going
into the final event, the 400-yard
freestyle relay. Nebraska got ninth
place, while UT could only manage to
get 13th, making for the final team
Nebraska got plenty of help from
sophomore Therese Alshammar, who
improved on her performance from
1998. Alshammar finished in a three
way tie for fourth in the 50-yard
freestyle Thursday, and was fourth in
the 100-yard freestyle Friday.
Alshammar hit the wall in the 100 in a
time of 48.76 seconds, which broke
the old Big 12 record of 49:15.
“My swim felt good,” Alshammar
said, “but most of all, I was happy
with my time. Breaking 49 seconds
and setting the conference record was
Destiny Lauren also had a strong
meet, finishing sixth in the 200-yard
butterfly. Limin Liu of Nevada won
the event with a NCAA record time of
Shandra Johnson, the Big 12
swimmer of the year in 1998, finished
seventh in the 200-yard backstroke. In
preliminaries, she broke her own Big
12 record in the event with a time of
1:58.00. Despite that, Keegan
Walkley set the pace in a strong field,
winning the event in 1:53.63.
Nebraska got a ninth-place finish
Thursday in the 200-yard freestyle
relay as well.
Overall, Bentz said, he was happy
with the performance, despite another
slow start to the meet. NU scored only
32 points on the first day.
“We have a habit of scoring points
on the last day, and we need to find a
way to start better,” Bentz said, “but I
can’t be more pleased with how we
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