Nebraska upsets Wisconsin in overtime
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — Derrick Walker had six of his 18 points in overtime as Nebraska rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat Wisconsin, 73-63, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska (12-14, 5-10 Big Ten) trailed 63-61 after a Tyler Wahl field goal with 4:09 left in overtime, but otherwise it was all Nebraska. After Keisei Tominaga’s field goal tied the game, Walker took over with two driving layups before hitting a pair of free throws to give the Huskers a 69-63 lead.
The Huskers sealed the game by going 6-for-6 from the line, while Wisconsin went 1-for-8 from the field in overtime. The Huskers held Wisconsin (14-10, 6-8) to two field goals in the last 5:30 of regulation and overtime.
Keisei Tominaga led the Huskers with 22 points, including five 3-pointers to match his career-high 3-pointers. Sam Griesel added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Jamarques Lawrence added 11 points, as Nebraska’s 17-point comeback was its most since the 2012-13 season.
The Huskers also got a great performance from Blaise Keita, who grabbed 11 rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench. Keita had played just 22 minutes since Dec. 29 with an ankle injury, but he was a major reason the Badgers shot just 29 percent after halftime. His effort helped Nebraska win the rebounding battle, 43-37, after being rebounded by five in the first half.
Wisconsin, who led 35-24 at halftime, extended the lead to 17 twice, the last of which was at 45-28 with 16:12 remaining before the Huskers stormed back. Two consecutive three-pointers by Tominaga cut the lead to 11 and energized the Pinnacle Bank Arena crowd.
The 3-pointers started a 20-2 Husker run, as Tominaga had 12 points in the snap, including consecutive 3-pointers to give Nebraska its first lead of the game at 48-47 with 11:14 left.
Wisconsin regained the lead at 52-48 after a Chucky Hepburn triple and a Steven Crowl field goal, but Nebraska came right back as Walker had an inside field goal before Sam Hoiberg’s triple put NU up 53-52 with 8 :05 remaining.
The game would remain a one-possession game throughout the remainder of regulation, as neither team led by more than three points. Nebraska took a 61-59 lead on a three-pointer by Lawrence with just under four minutes left before Hepburn’s field goal with 2:44 made it 61.
Both teams had ample opportunity to win in regulation, as Hepburn’s three-pointer in the waning seconds sent the game to overtime.
Hepburn beat the Badgers by 19 points, going 8-of-21 from the field, while Connor Essegian (13) and Klesmit (12) both finished in double figures.
In the first half, Wisconsin used a 13-3 run in the final five minutes of the half to build a 35-24 lead. The Badgers shot 45% from the field, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, as Klesmit had 10 points in the first half to beat Wisconsin.
Early on, it was Derrick Walker who carried the offensive load, as he had six starting points as Nebraska trailed 16-12. Wisconsin
Nebraska trailed 22-12 with 9:04 remaining, but used a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to make it 22-21 after a three-pointer by Tominaga with just over five minutes left.
The Huskers hit the road Tuesday night on their way to No. 24 Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 7pm (Central) and the game will be broadcast on BTN and the Huskers Radio Network.
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