Husker Update: Basketball, Baseball, Gymnastics

Basketball

The Nebraska men’s basketball team erased an early 12-point deficit and behind a big second half, the Huskers posted their first postseason victory in 11 years Wednesday night with an 80-76 win over Butler in a first-round NIT matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers (19-16) trailed midway through the second half before a game-changing 14-2 run turned a one-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Nebraska then made enough plays down the stretch, winning by four points after Butler cut the lead to one with 1:31 remaining.

The Huskers will take on TCU, an 82-69 win over Sam Houston State, in the second round Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m.

Baseball

The Nebraska baseball team (8-7) led 7-0 after three innings and never looked back in a 12-3 win over Air Force at Hawks Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Nebraska earns a two-game sweep against the Falcons after a 7-6 win on Tuesday.

Freshman Kyle Perry, making his second start of the season, struck out a career-high nine batters in 4.0 innings to set the tone for the Big Red. He gave up only one run and one walk. NU saw relief appearances from Byron Hood, Ethan Frazier (3.0 innings), Tyler Martin (1.0) and Jaxon Hallmark (1.0).

Junior Mojo Hagge paced the Husker offense with a three-hit performance that included a career-high four RBIs. Alex Henwood, playing for the first time in nine games, tallied two hits. Freshman Cam Chick went 2-for-3 to help NU produce 11 hits as a team. Keegan Watson hit his second home run against Air Force on Wednesday after also blasting one on Tuesday.

The Huskers begin conference play this weekend when they host Michigan State for a three-game series at Hawks Field. The games are set for Friday (6:35 p.m.), Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.).

Gymnastics

The No. 17 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team is set to compete in the second session of the Big Ten Championships hosted by Penn State on Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. CT. Sessions were selected based on performances at the B1G Five Elevate the Stage meet earlier this season.

Nebraska will begin the meet on vault, then will follow Olympic order with byes coming in the second and fifth rotations.

The second session features No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 25 Penn State, Iowa and Illinois.

The Nebraska men’s tennis team put together a comeback effort against Loyola Marymount Wednesday evening, defeating the Lions 4-3.

Nebraska improves to 8-9 on the year overall and picks up its first away win of the season. The Huskers return to action with a Big Ten matchup against No. 15 Minnesota at the Dillon Tennis Center on Sunday, March 24 at Noon.

 

 

 

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