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Huskers suffer nasty loss as Ohio State ends five-game loser streak | Men's Basketball



Here is hell where Nebraska basketball is currently resident: in a game that never needed to happen, senior leader Isaac Copeland went up for a dunk after the referee's whistle blew, missed it, then landed awkwardly and left the game with a injured knees.

He looked from the bench in the last 19 minutes of Saturday's game as Ohio State, who beat a five-game losing touch to Lincoln, slammed into the Pinnacle Bank Arena and left with a 70-60 victory Saturday. 1

9659003] Copeland was longer than most of the fans who ran for the end with more than four minutes to play.

"There is no more disease," said Tim Miles, Nebraska coach, "than emptying your own arena."

But this is where Nebraska (13-7, 3-6 Big Ten) after his third consecutive loss and fifth defeat in the last seven games. This team and its coach, men who have said over and over and over and over, that they will be different from the 121 previous versions of Nebraska basketball, are starting to look too familiar.

"Just knowing we are blowing opportunities," said Isaiah Roby when asked what was most frustrating about Nebraska's current stretch. "We know that every game gets tough this season, but we get smaller and smaller opportunities to make a name for ourselves and do some momentum."

Buckeyes (13-6, 3-5) led by as many as 13 in the second half as Nebraska's game achieved full-back boos from the PBA audience who had played so much in the Huskers building a 20 game home winning stripe that ended against Michigan State nine days earlier.

It was so bad that at one point Huskers got a Bronx cheers from their own fans for the simple act of ensuring a defensive rebound.

Continuing to celebrate in his shortcomings, Nebraska in a number of Ohio State saw three-quarters in five possessions to open a 56-43 lead. It came after Buckeyes had gone 4 to 17 from three in the first 29 minutes of the game.

Then, after cutting the deficit to seven and getting the crowd back in the game, Nebraska (13-7, 3-6) forced a hurried tree from Luther Muhammad at the end of the shotwatch that knocked the rim twice, kissing the back plate and fell through the hanger.

Huskerne was again destroyed on the glass and came out again -31, giving 14 offensive rebounds, and allowing 14 second chance points while scoring only two themselves.

Huskers again vigorously fought to score in close – Nebraska was a miserable 12-to-31 shot in the paint. There were scoring droughts that a team of this caliber should have put in the past – boss among them, having opened a 19-12 lead with 9:50 back in the first half, Nebraska outscored 17-5 went into Half Time.

Huskers 24 first half points were their fewest in half this season, two fewer than the 26 they scored in every half of the Texas Tech game.

And it is not as though Ohio State had a reputation for robust play, the presence of 6-foot-9, 270-pound Kaleb Wesson regardless. Buckeyes entered the match 10 in the Big Ten in rebounding margin in league games and died at the end of blocked shots.

So, Ohio State was thoroughly dominant on the glass, as Buckeyes moved to fourth in the league in the rebounding margin after Saturday's game.

"I think we started slowly. We didn't play with much energy," said senior guards Glynn Watson. "We made our race, but it wasn't enough. And now we've just got better."

Muhammad, who came on average 9.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, finished a career high 24 points and six boards to pace in Buckeyes. His previous best scoring game was 15 points.

James Palmer led Nebraska by 19 points while Glynn Watson had 18. The eight Huskers who played combined to score 23 points in 9 to 31 shots.

Nebraska Forward Tanner Borchardt (20) tackles the reboot as Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson (top left) and Luther Muhammad (1) defending in the second half on Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.




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