LINCOLN–(NU Athletics Feb. 27)–Nebraska’s veterans made the plays down the stretch, as Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak with an 78-74 victory over Minnesota Saturday night.
Kobe Webster, Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Derrick Walker combined for the Huskers final nine points after Minnesota whittled a 13-point deficit to 69-66 with 2:39 left.
Thorbjarnarson found Walker for a pair of baskets, the second made it a 73-68 lead with 1:38 left. Walker finished with career highs with 12 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes.
Minnesota, behind a 41-point effort from Marcus Carr, pulled to with 74-73 with 13.6 seconds left, but Webster sank a pair of free throws to push the lead to four with 8.5 seconds. After Minnesota was within 76-74, Thorbjarnarson iced the game by going 2-of-2 from the line with 4.0 seconds remaining.
Thorbjarnarson and Webster finished with 10 points apiece, as five Huskers (6-17, 2-14) finished in double figures in the win. Dalano Banton paced the Huskers with 14 points and seven rebounds, as he had seven points in an 11-2 Husker run that turned a 53-49 lead into a 13-point cushion with 8:17 remaining.
Trey McGowens had 11 points and five of the Huskers’ 19 assists, as Nebraska shot 55 percent, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range.
Carr led Minnesota (13-12, 6-12) with 41 points, matching the most in a Big Ten game this season set earlier this week by Teddy Allen. NU made him work for his points, as he went 11-of-27 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line. Jamal Mashburn Jr. added 12 points, but the Gophers were held to 34 percent shooting, including 8-of-30 from long range.
The Huskers play their final home game of the season Monday, March 1, as they host Rutgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. with television coverage by the Big Ten Network.