Indiana Falls to Nebraska, 70-60
March 05, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields each scored 17 points Wednesday, and Nebraska's defense held off Indiana's second-half rally for a 70-60 victory.
The Hoosiers never led, but they had chances after rallying to tie the score at 52 with 10:06 left.
Nebraska then went on a 7-3 run that gave it a 59-55 lead and made it hold up.
Indiana struggled to make up for Vonleh's absence, especially early. Without the league's No. 1 rebounder, the Hoosiers shot just 36.7 percent from the field, were 5 of 21 on 3-pointers and had only three offensive rebounds in the first half.
Pitchford scored the first nine Nebraska points, giving them a 9-3 lead. The Cornhuskers then used a 6-0 spurt to make it 15-7 and they led by as much as 27-16 with 5:09 to go. Indiana got within 30-25 when Troy Williams hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 left.
But Nebraska closed out the half by scoring four of the final five points to make it 34-26.
Indiana continued chasing the Cornhuskers throughout the second half.
After quickly cutting the deficit to 34-29 and watching Nebraska answer with a 10-5 flurry to make it 46-35, the Hoosiers shooters finally warmed up.
Sheehey and Ferrell hit consecutive 3s, Devin Davis completed a three-point play, Ferrell scored on a driving layup and Sheehey knocked down an open 3 to make it 52-52 with 10:06 left in the game.
Shields broke the tie by making 1 of 2 free throws to start the 7-3 run and the Cornhuskers closed it out by making eight free throws in the final minute.
Indiana will close out the regular season on Saturday at Michigan with a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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