nebraska huskersHuskers season ends in loss to Bulldogs in NITBut yet again the Huskers followed that up with another threeminute scoring drought that allowed the Bulldogs to reclaim their lead at with just over two minutes left in the game.
The Huskers end the year with a final record, which ties for their secondhighest season win total in program history.
A pointer by Quinndary Weatherspoon made it an eightpoint deficit with remaining, and the Huskers ended up going for from point range in the fourth quarter to end any hopes of one last comeback.
While both teams shot less than percent from the field in the first half, the difference was MSU owning a edge on the glass, including offensive rebounds it converted into eight secondchance points.
Anton Gillknocked down a pointer to start the game, but then Nebraska missed of its next shots to let MSU take an early lead at the end of the first quarter.
Huskers season ends in loss to Bulldogs in NIT
The Bulldogs ended up shooting . percent in the opening period primarily because they scored of their firstquarter points in the paint.
I just couldnt be more proud of those seniors who are leaving and the guys who are coming back, Molinari said. Every game down the stretch when you win eight of your last nine and you basically have to win every game, was a monumental pressure and stress. Coach Tim Miles kept us together, and those guys came to fight every game.
Isaac Copelandfinished with points while Roby added points and eight rebounds in the loss.
I think any time you have a team that thinks theyre going to the NCAA Tournament and then doesnt make it, and then you get this seed in the NIT, initially … youve got to get your rhythm and your bearings, NU assistant coachJim Molinaritold the Husker Sports Network after the game.
Mississippi State immediately answered once again, though, three straight shots to go back up by six and eventually took a advantage into the fourth quarter.
Roby scored NUs first six points of the third quarter to make it a onepoint deficit again, and after neither team scored a point for a full three minutes,Evan Taylortied it up at by banking in a pointer with left in the third.
I told them, you might not be rewarded in the short run, but the character you showed and what you developed, youre going to be rewarded in the long run.
Nebraska came into Wednesday nights NIT opener at Mississippi State with the attitude that it wanted to play angry and feed off its perceived snub from the NCAA Tournament committee.
James Palmer Jr.scored a teamhigh points with six rebounds and five assists, but it wasnt nearly enough to overcome NUs .percent shooting as a team and for night behind the arc.
But after a pair of free throws byIsaiah Robypulled NU within with left in the half, Mississippi State countered with a run and went into halftime leading .
Nebraskas season came to a disappointing end on Wednesday night with a loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the NIT.
The Huskers opened the second quarter on a run and tied the game up at on a layup byGlynn Watsonwith just over seven minutes left in the half.
They hurt us is pickandroll for a while, and then what happened was we couldnt get to the freethrow line down the stretch, Molinari said. They got to the freethrow line down the stretch. They were for vs. our for. I think that was a big difference.
The fourthseeded Bulldogs ended up dominating the rebounding margin , and their two bigs Aric Holman and Abdul Ado combined for points and boards.
Ado posted of his points and seven of his nine rebounds in just minutes of work the first half.
A layup byJordy Tshimangagot Nebraska back within one, and then two free throws by Palmer gave the Huskers a lead with to play. That marked NUs first lead since the mark in the first quarter.
A loss and firstround exit certainly didnt ease those frustrations, as the No. seed Huskers recordsetting season ended with a thud in Starkville, Miss.
I think we really started slow, not as focused… But on the other side, those guys showed a lot of character and came out and fought. The Bulldogs are here at home, and we knew they were going to be formidable.
Robin has been with HuskerOnline since July of , focusing on Nebraska football team coverage as well as being the No. Husker mens basketball team and recruiting writer.
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