Minnesota 57, Nebraska 48
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Jeff Hagen hit a layup and a free throw with 2:55 left to put Minnesota ahead to stay and Vincent Grier made two 3-pointers to seal the win as the Golden Gophers defeated Nebraska 57-48 on Wednesday night.
The Gophers (4-3) closed with a 17-3 run that provided their first non-conference road win since December 2000.
Nebraska (3-2) lost for the first time in 17 home non-conference games.
Grier led all scorers with 17 points and Hagen added 11.
Marcus Neal had 10 to lead Nebraska, which hit only 33 percent of its shots in the game and just 28 percent in the second half.
Minnesota trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and was down by nine at halftime.
Minnesota cut the lead to three on Aaron Robinson’s 3-pointer with 15:34 left and took the lead for the first time on his 3-pointer with 8:57 left.
Jason Dourisseau’s driving layup put Nebraska ahead 43-30. Then Corey Simms blocked a Robinson shot, triggering a Nebraska fast break and a Neal basket with 4:21 left.
But the Huskers didn’t score again until 21 seconds were left.
The Gophers started their run with three-point plays from J’son Stamper and Hagen. Grier hit his 3s to put Minnesota up 52-45 with 45 seconds left, and free throws pushed the Gophers’ lead to 10 points with 22 seconds left.
There was no scoring the first five minutes of the game. Nebraska missed its first 10 shots, but the Huskers made 7 of their next 10 to take a 19-5 lead with 8:50 left in the first half.
Minnesota hit just 2 of its first 10 shots.