LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nick Zeisloft hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left and Collin Hartman added one 21 seconds later to seal the win for Indiana, which held off Nebraska 70-65 in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams Wednesday.
The three free throws were the only points scored by Indiana (11-3, 1-0) in the final 4:50 of the run-filled game.
Nebraska (8-5, 0-1) came out of halftime strong, hitting five of its first seven shots, outscoring Indiana 14-2 and taking a 46-42 lead on Walter Pitchford’s shot-clock-beating 27-foot 3-pointer with 15:28 left.
The Hoosiers responded just as strongly, taking a 49-48 lead on James Blackmon Jr.’s free throws with 13:30 left, extending the margin to 56-49 on Troy Williams’ put back with 8:55 left. Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s inside jumper with 4:50 left capped a 25-8 Indiana run, putting the Hoosiers up 67-54.
The Cornhuskers countered with a final 10-0 run, holding Indiana scoreless for more than four minutes and cutting the Hoosier lead to 67-64 on David Rivers’ free throws with 1:05 left.
Indiana came into Wednesday averaging 86 points a game and, in the first half, it appeared the Hoosiers would match that mark.
Indiana used a 15-1 run to take a 17-8 lead on Emmitt Holt’s jumper with 12:57 left in the first half. Indiana led by as many as 16 before Nebraska put together a 10-2 run capped by a Terran Petteway 3-pointer with eight seconds left to trail 40-32 at the half.
Robert Johnson led Indiana with 14 points. Williams had 13 points and Mosquera-Perea finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Petteway led Nebraska with 23 points. Shavon Shields added 20 and Pitchford had 11 for Nebraska.
Indiana: The Hoosiers, which were 7 of 24 from 3-point range, had made at least seven 3-pointers in its previous 14 games this season. … Last year, the Hoosiers made seven or more 3-pointers just 8 times in 32 games.
Nebraska: The Huskers played without Leslee Smith and Moses Abraham, their two experienced big men who they hoped would return for Big Ten conference play. … Abraham, who has a broken hand, and Smith, recovering from a torn ACL, are now expected to return in about two weeks.
Indiana visits Michigan State Monday
Nebraska visits Iowa Monday
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