Hoosiers Start Slow, Fall to Nebraska

Ruben Hill
January 18, 2019

Credit needs to be given to Nebraska on that front, as the Cornhuskers were constantly harassing Indiana's passing lanes and making it hard for IN to enter the ball into the post.

The Huskers (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) won their second straight overall, extended their winning streak in the series to a school-record three and racked up style points by limiting the nation's second-best shooting team to its lowest point total and worst shooting percentage (36.5) of the season.

The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held IN without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent IN more than two years. "We had a couple opportunities to hang in there, just didn't have enough". The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. It looked like IN would fight back as they usually do, and a once 18-point Nebraska lead had fallen to just nine at halftime.

"They were all just happy", Miles said of the Huskers' mood in the locker room after the win.

"At halftime, I said 'It's OK to win with defense, '" Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles said, trying to steady his team.

Senior forward Juwan Morgan gave all that he could with 17 points on 8-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Nebraska, which had been dominated on the boards thus far in Big Ten play, ended with a 40-31 rebounding advantage and an 11-9 edge on the offensive glass.

After suffering back-to-back conference road losses, the No. 22-ranked Indiana Hoosiers return to the comforts of Assembly Hall tonight when they host Nebraska. Yet, when you look at these two games, it's possible Nebraska will have a better chance Thursday night at home against Michigan State.

After answering with five straight, IN eventually fought futilely to dig out of a 25-7 deficit midway through the first half.

In a hard road environment and his team on the brink of blowing an 18-point lead, Watson stepped up when Nebraska needed him the most and provided a game-changing lift in the second half. IN has lost three straight overall and had its home-court winning streak snapped at 10.

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