Northwestern holds off Nebraska, 84-74

John Shurna scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds to lift Northwestern to an 84-74 win over Nebraska on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Shurna

Also, on Thursday night’s The Big Ten Basketball Report at 10:30 p.m. ET, Mike Hall, Gary Williams, and Shon Morris recap the week in hoops. Williams and Morris will explain Wisconsin’s current six-game winning streak and discuss the impact of Draymond Green’s knee injury. We’ll also be talking to Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. and previewing the weekend’s upcoming games.

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FINAL: Shurna and Dave Sobolewski had good games for Northwestern (13-8). Shurna made 9-of-13 shots from the floor. Sobolewski contributed 15 points, yanked down five rebounds, and contributed four assists. The Wildcats shot 14-of-32 from three-point range during the game, good for 44 percent. Northwestern went 24-of-29 from the charity stripe as a team (83 percent). Ball movement led to 14 assists on its 23 baskets for the Wildcats. Northwestern also got a double-digit performance from Drew Crawford, who scored 21. Brandon Ubel had six points, corralled nine rebounds, and had five assists for Nebraska (11-10) in the loss. Dylan Talley was 5-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 13 points for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska hit 52 percent of its field goals (28-of-54). The Cornhuskers were hot from long range, hitting 11-of-27 threes for a 41 percent night from beyond the arc. Other Nebraska scorers in double figures included Toney McCray, who scored 16 and Bo Spencer, who scored 24.

HALFTIME: Dave Sobolewski and John Shurna combined for a successful first half as Northwestern leads 41-26 over Nebraska. Sobolewski scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, and had four assists. Shurna scored 13 points, shot 5-of-8 from the field, and hit 3-of-5 three-point tries. The Cornhuskers were leading 21-19 before they allowed the Wildcats to make a late 22-5 run and take a lead into the half. Leading 24-23, Northwestern went on a 9-0 run to open up a 10-point advantage. The Wildcats made it rain from long range, shooting 45 percent (10-of-22) from three-point land. Northwestern moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 10 assists on 13 field goals. Nebraska shared the ball, finishing with seven assists on 10 field goals in the first half. The Cornhuskers’ Brandon Ubel already has four points and six rebounds.

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