BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Arcadia-Loup City 53, Amherst 50
Bloomfield 42, Randolph 37
Cozad 75, Cambridge 58
Dorchester 40, Osceola 33
Grand Island Central Catholic 71, Minden 38
Humphrey St. Francis 65, Clearwater/Orchard 47
Lincoln High 72, Lincoln Northeast 49
Lusk, Wyo. 48, Sioux County 30
Maxwell 52, Sandhills/Thedford 46
Omaha Christian Academy 60, Cedar Bluffs 46
Omaha Northwest 61, Millard South 56
Ord 56, Central City 39
Palmyra 59, Weeping Water 20
Riverside 81, CWC 31
Sutherland 46, Wallace 28
Wilcox-Hildreth 49, Arapahoe 37
Wisner-Pilger 58, Oakland-Craig 50
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Omaha Nation 61, Little Wound, S.D. 57
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Arcadia-Loup City 50, Amherst 32
Ashland-Greenwood 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47
Bishop Neumann 59, Norris 50, OT
Blair 34, Platteview 26
Cambridge 56, Cozad 34
Clarkson/Leigh 49, Madison 22
Columbus Lakeview 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 23
Dorchester 51, Osceola 10
Grand Island Central Catholic 63, Minden 30
Guardian Angels 53, Winnebago 40
Humphrey St. Francis 80, Clearwater/Orchard 21
Hyannis 47, Crawford 35
Lusk, Wyo. 49, Sioux County 29
Maywood-Hayes Center 56, Brady 36
Millard South 61, Omaha Northwest 55
Norfolk Catholic 49, Lutheran High Northeast 34
North Platte St. Patrick's 51, Gothenburg 37
Oakland-Craig 54, Wisner-Pilger 37
Omaha Benson 70, Omaha North 34
Ord 69, Central City 26
Ponca 36, Vermillion, S.D. 32
Randolph 49, Bloomfield 17
Sandhills/Thedford 31, Maxwell 30
Seward 44, Omaha Concordia 26
South Sioux City 70, Sioux City, West, Iowa 62
Southern 34, Falls City 19
St. Thomas More, S.D. 62, Alliance 30
Sutherland 26, Wallace 12
Weeping Water 66, Palmyra 32
Wilcox-Hildreth 31, Arapahoe 29
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Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 55, Omaha Nation 46
McCook Community College’s Ryan Maddera, has signed a national letter of intent to continue her volleyball next year at Division I Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.
The sophomore from Greeley West High School in Colorado first came to MCC in December of 2016 for open tryouts.
“I had a few JUCOS looking at me in high school and actually I didn’t know I was coming to MCC for a tryout, I just thought it was a camp,” Maddera recalls. As soon as she set foot in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, she was sold. “Of all the places I’d visited, MCC has by far the nicest gym.”
“Her journey from a tryout camp all the way to a Division I scholarship is a testament to what hard work in the off-season can help you accomplish,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
“I hope girls will look at what she did to her body and mindset in the offseason as an example of how far you can come with two years of dedication,” Kobza said.
Maddera said during her visit to SE Louisiana, she liked everything about the campus, the city, the culture – even seeing her first alligator -- but mostly that she connected with the coach and teammates and felt like this was the best chance for her to be successful at the next level.
Under new Lady Lion Coach Jeremy White, Maddera is expecting to move to a right-side setter position.
“I’ve never played setter in my life, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she said.
“She proved to us she can change positions starting out as an outside hitter for us and them moving to the middle,” Kobza said. “She loves the sport and will do whatever she can do for the team.”
Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces.
She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th.
Maddera was part of a seven-sophomore class which posted back-to-back 20-win seasons – the first 20 win seasons in recent memory and the school’s first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship since 1980.
But for Ryan, her time at MCC was more than just pumping up the win total.
“Yes we were pretty good, but I think more importantly, we worked so well together on and off the court,” she said. “I am really proud of what we accomplished.”
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Adams Central 80, Minden 46
Ainsworth 56, Valentine 37
Allen 54, Cedar Bluffs 43
Anselmo-Merna 57, Overton 44
Ansley-Litchfield 72, Twin Loup 30
Arlington 61, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 40
Bertrand 74, Eustis-Farnam 61
Bishop Neumann 66, Aquinas 55
Blair 78, Ralston 54
Boone Central/Newman Grove 48, Twin River 42
Boys Town 63, Douglas County West 55
Cambridge 84, Elwood 30
Centennial 50, Fairbury 32
Centura 65, Central Valley 51
Clearwater/Orchard 71, Stuart 47
Columbus 58, Grand Island Northwest 43
Crawford 43, Minatare 19
Doniphan-Trumbull 66, Deshler 49
Dundy County-Stratton 63, Rawlins County, Kan. 60
Elkhorn Mount Michael 45, Norris 41
Elkhorn Valley 44, Elgin Public/Pope John 35
Elmwood-Murdock 64, Weeping Water 28
Exeter/Milligan 65, Friend 37
Falls City Sacred Heart 72, Lewiston 27
Fort Calhoun 46, Plattsmouth 45
Gayville-Volin, S.D. 56, Wausa 52
Gibbon 57, Silver Lake 36
Giltner 45, Nebraska Lutheran 42
Gordon/Rushville 67, Hyannis 52
Grand Island Central Catholic 72, Blue Hill 49
Hampton 54, Elba 37
Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, Crofton 46
Hastings St. Cecilia 38, Ord 26
Hemingford 72, Hay Springs 26
Humphrey St. Francis 50, Hartington-Newcastle 49
Johnson-Brock 86, Diller-Odell 60
Kearney Catholic 59, Ravenna 35
Lawrence-Nelson 58, Rock Hills, Kan. 28
Leyton 67, Potter-Dix 50
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 46, Columbus Lakeview 41
Lutheran High Northeast 51, Norfolk Catholic 47
Madison 62, Plainview 60
Maxwell 63, Creek Valley 62
Nebraska Christian 52, High Plains Community 35
Neligh-Oakdale 59, St. Mary's 45
Niobrara/Verdigre 64, Ewing 36
North Bend Central 73, Stanton 37
North Central 61, Burke, S.D. 50
Ogallala 76, North Platte St. Patrick's 48
Omaha Central 76, Omaha Burke 53
Omaha Concordia 55, Columbus Scotus 50
Omaha Skutt Catholic 76, South Sioux City 44
Osmond 70, Creighton 35
Palmyra 48, Johnson County Central 44
Pawnee City 45, Nebraska City Lourdes 44
Paxton 58, Perkins County 49
Pierce 51, O'Neill 38
Ponca 70, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 56
Riverside 56, Fullerton 52
Sandhills/Thedford 61, Stapleton 17
Southwest 65, Alma 60
St. Edward 49, Winside 34
Sterling 58, Meridian 47
Sutton 58, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 26
Syracuse 53, Nebraska City 40
Wakefield 44, Randolph 18
Walthill 90, Emerson-Hubbard 58
West Holt 62, CWC 37
West Point-Beemer 58, Howells/Dodge 43
Wilcox-Hildreth 60, Red Cloud 12
Winnebago 65, Oakland-Craig 63, OT
Wynot 63, Homer 44
Yutan 80, Tekamah-Herman 22
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Adams Central 53, Minden 32
Ainsworth 43, Valentine 38
Alma 44, Southwest 29
Ansley-Litchfield 26, Twin Loup 9
Arlington 65, Conestoga 13
Beatrice 58, Omaha Duchesne Academy 30
Bertrand 64, Eustis-Farnam 18
Bishop Neumann 45, Aquinas 38
Blair 61, Ralston 33
Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Twin River 34
Brady 55, Southern Valley 48
Cambridge 57, Elwood 35
Centennial 51, Fairbury 45, 2OT
Central Valley 43, Centura 29
Chase County 55, Sutherland 27
Clarkson/Leigh 64, David City 23
College View Academy 41, Parkview Christian 35, OT
Columbus Lakeview 39, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 26
Cozad 38, McCook 35
Crawford 44, Minatare 20
Creighton 49, Osmond 26
Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Deshler 24
Dorchester 58, Harvard 47
Douglas County West 58, Boys Town 44
Dundy County-Stratton 62, Rawlins County, Kan. 47
Elkhorn Valley 58, Elgin Public/Pope John 41
Emerson-Hubbard 50, Walthill 43
Ewing 61, Niobrara/Verdigre 25
Exeter/Milligan 58, Friend 27
Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Lewiston 15
Fillmore Central 53, Thayer Central 39
Freeman 46, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 26
Fullerton 56, Riverside 24
Giltner 60, Nebraska Lutheran 25
Gordon/Rushville 50, Hyannis 27
Grand Island Central Catholic 51, Blue Hill 32
Grand Island Northwest 57, Columbus 33
Gretna 60, Omaha Bryan 25
Guardian Angels 55, Archbishop Bergan 49
Hampton 57, Elba 18
Hastings St. Cecilia 78, Ord 21
Heartland 33, Shelby/Rising City 16
Hemingford 41, Hay Springs 18
Humphrey St. Francis 59, Hartington-Newcastle 39
Johnson County Central 50, Palmyra 34
Johnson-Brock 46, Diller-Odell 38
Kearney Catholic 46, Ravenna 38
Lawrence-Nelson 58, Rock Hills, Kan. 28
Leyton 56, Potter-Dix 7
Maxwell 51, Creek Valley 32
Milford 48, Ashland-Greenwood 45
Nebraska Christian 33, High Plains Community 15
Nebraska City Lourdes 61, Pawnee City 32
Neligh-Oakdale 57, St. Mary's 32
North Central 67, Burke, S.D. 25
North Platte St. Patrick's 52, Ogallala 27
Oakland-Craig 67, Winnebago 37
Omaha Northwest 65, Bellevue East 26
Omaha Skutt Catholic 68, South Sioux City 59
Overton 47, Anselmo-Merna 24
Paxton 38, Perkins County 35
Pierce 54, O'Neill 53
Plainview 47, Madison 33
Ponca 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 40
Randolph 46, Wakefield-Allen 37
Silver Lake 42, Gibbon 18
South Loup 44, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28
Spalding Academy 51, Palmer 46
Stanton 49, North Bend Central 35
Sterling 45, Meridian 31
Stuart 47, Clearwater/Orchard 21
Sutton 40, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 35
Syracuse 49, Nebraska City 22
Wahoo 45, Louisville 41
Weeping Water 40, Elmwood-Murdock 31
West Holt 43, CWC 36
West Point-Beemer 63, Howells/Dodge 42
Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Red Cloud 36
Winside 34, St. Edward 31
Wynot 61, Homer 37
Yutan 52, Tekamah-Herman 20
Freshmen Contributing Early for Huskers• Nebraska has received production early and often from its 2018-19 freshman class. The four-player class, which was ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation by ESPN last season, features Sam Haiby (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Ashtyn Veerbeek (7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Leigha Brown (7.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (2.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg).
• Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., leads Nebraska with 10.9 points per game off the bench. She has led the Huskers in scoring in four games, including against nationally ranked Drake (13) and Miami (14), while also scoring a career-high 20 points at Washington State and adding 17 points at Creighton. She owns five double-figure scoring efforts overall, including 12 points at No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29).
• Haiby also ranks third among the Huskers in assists (2.4 apg).
• Ashtyn Veerbeek is tied with Leigha Brown for second among the Husker freshmen in scoring with 7.7 points per game, while leading the group and ranking second on the team with 7.0 rebounds. Veerbeek produced her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She also ranks second among the Huskers with 12 blocks.
• Leigha Brown set a career high with 18 points in the win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). Brown, who has led the Huskers twice in scoring early in the season, is averaging 7.7 points per game. The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana leads the freshmen with seven three-pointers and has committed a total of just four turnovers over the past eight games.
• Kayla Mershon has pitched in 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Huskers, including a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas (Dec. 5). The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., also has dished out five assists and has committed a team-best two turnovers through nine games.
• The freshmen have combined for 37.6 percent (256-of-680) of Nebraska’s points in just 32.8 percent of the team’s total minutes (607-of-1,850) on the season. They also have accounted for just 26.5 percent (40-of-151) of Nebraska’s turnovers.
• Nebraska’s four freshmen are combining to average 28.4 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, while NU’s two sophomores (Kate Cain, Taylor Kissinger) have combined to average 18.4 points and 11.7 boards per contest. Nebraska’s six underclassmen have combined for 62.1 percent of NU’s scoring and 58.4 percent of the team’s rebounding through nine games.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska volleyball student-athletes Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins were named AVCA First-Team All-Americans, and Kenzie Maloney was selected to the AVCA All-America Third Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, earned her second-career All-America honor after earning second-team accolades last year. Stivrins, a sophomore middle blocker from Scottsdale, Arizona, and Maloney, a senior libero from Louisville, Kentucky, were both honored for the first time. Freshman setter Nicklin Hames received honorable mention.
It marks only the second time since 2006 that the Huskers have had two AVCA first-team All-Americans. The Huskers' three AVCA All-America selections improved their nation-leading total to 90 all-time. A nation-leading total of 45 players have combined for the Huskers' 90 awards.
Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.80 kills per set and is averaging 2.69 digs per set and has 43 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). The Husker co-captain was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season. She has 21 aces in her NCAA Tournament career, the second-highest total in Nebraska history. Only Jordan Larson (36) has more. Foecke had the third and fourth double-doubles of her NCAA Tournament career at the Minneapolis Regional last weekend, and she was named the most valuable player. She ranks third on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,638, and her 132 career aces are eighth-most in school history. The two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player also has 263 career kills all-time in the NCAA Tournament, second-most in school history behind only Sarah Pavan (304).
Stivrins was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was also the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. The 6-4 middle blocker is averaging 2.33 kills per set on a team-best .409 hitting percentage, which ranks sixth in the nation. It is NU's highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). An All-Big Ten selection for the first time as well this season, Stivrins added serving to her repertoire and has 25 aces. Stivrins was named to the Minneapolis All-Regional team last weekend after 11 kills on .526 hitting in the regional final win over Oregon. She had 13 kills with a career-high 10 blocks in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Nov. 2.
Maloney, the Husker co-captain, is averaging a team-best 4.06 digs per set and has played an instrumental role in leading the Huskers to a nation-leading .136 opponent hitting percentage this season. The Louisville, Kentucky native ranks fifth in NU career history in digs with 1,369. Maloney posted a career-high 25 digs twice this season, and she was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite and the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Maloney's 36 service aces are the third-most on the team this year. She and Foecke are the only Huskers in school history to play in four NCAA Semifinals, and they will each play in their 22nd NCAA Tournament match on Thursday, the most postseason matches played by any player in program history.
Hames earned honorable mention after recording a school-record 23 double-doubles this season, averaging 10.46 assists and 3.33 digs per set. Her 39 service aces are second-most on the team. Hames was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team member and a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
The Division I TeamSnap/AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on December 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.
The Huskers are in Minneapolis getting set to take on No. 3 Illinois in an NCAA Semifinal match on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, WatchESPN.com and the Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke has been selected as the 2018 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Foecke is the fourth Senior CLASS Award winner from Nebraska and the second Husker to win for volleyball after Gina Mancuso took home the award in 2012.
“When I came to the University of Nebraska in 2015, my goals were to not only help Nebraska volleyball win games and championships, but also to become a better student, person and teammate,” said Foecke, who led the Huskers to their fourth consecutive Final Four this season after capturing NCAA national titles as both a freshman and junior. “These past four years have gone by so quickly, and it hasn’t really set in yet that my college career is coming to an end. But when I look back, I am so proud of all that we have accomplished. To win two national championships and two Big Ten championships has been incredible, but what I will really take most from my time at Nebraska is the relationships I have built with my teammates, the coaches, the staff, and of course our amazing fans. Whichever path I take after graduation, I know that the experience of being a student-athlete at Nebraska will have prepared me well for life both on and off the volleyball court.”
Already receiving her fourth-straight first-team AVCA All-North Region honor this season, Foecke will go down as one of the greatest players in one of the top volleyball programs in the country. A two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, Foecke has earned AVCA All-America honors in each of her first three seasons with the potential for a fourth honor this week, and has earned Big Ten conference honors all four years as well, including unanimous first-team honors as both a junior and senior. Foecke currently ranks third on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,638, and her 132 career aces are eighth-most in school history. She also has 263 career kills all-time in the NCAA Tournament, second-most in school history behind only Sarah Pavan (304).
Also a standout in the classroom, Foecke has received multiple Academic All-Big Ten honors in her career for both court volleyball and beach volleyball. Majoring in animal science, she carries a 3.649 GPA is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and has received Nebraska’s High Honors (Silver) Academic Medallion twice.
“Mikaela is part of the most decorated senior class in the history of Nebraska volleyball,” said Head Coach John Cook, a two-time AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year. “She and Kenzie Maloney are the only two Nebraska players ever who will have played at four NCAA Final Fours, and she has been the most outstanding player two of the three times we have been there, which is incredible. What separates Mikaela is her dedication to being great in everything she does. She is a phenomenal student with aspirations of being a veterinarian someday. Mikaela has also developed outstanding leadership skills during her time at Nebraska, and there’s no question that she and Kenzie are the biggest reason this young team has made it to the NCAA Semifinals for a fourth time. Mikaela will leave a huge lasting legacy on Nebraska volleyball when her career comes to an end.”
A team captain and its representative on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Foecke has shown exemplary character throughout her Husker career. A three-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team member and a Diversity & Inclusion Summit leader, Foecke has also remained committed to community outreach, helping the Husker volleyball program earn the Nebraska’s Life Skills Award through her work with events and organizations such as One Shirt One Body, Uplifting Athletes, People’s City Mission, Husker Heroes, Make-a-Wish and more.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the Senior CLASS Award, we are honored to recognize Mikaela Foecke as this year’s winner for women’s volleyball,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “Not only is Mikaela one of the best players to ever wear a Husker uniform, she’s also an incredibly well-rounded student-athlete who excels in every area. We offer our sincere congratulations to Mikaela, her team and the entire university.”
For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
First-Team Senior CLASS Award All-AmericansAli Bastianelli, Illinois
Santita Ebangwese, Syracuse
Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
Jordyn Poulter, Illinois
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota
Second-Team Senior CLASS Award All-AmericansTami Alade, Stanford
Lauren Bruns, Dayton
Taryn Kloth, Creighton
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky
Courtney Pence, Illinois State
• The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will make its program-record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Semifinals when they take on No. 3 Illinois on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The match will be televised on ESPN and will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com. Paul Sunderland, Karch Kiraly and Holly Rowe will have the call.
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The Paxton Pre-Holiday Basketball Tournament will start on December 18th in Paxton. Maywood-Hayes Center Girls will play Mullen at 5pm MT in the East Gym. The Maywood-Hayes Center Boys will also take on Mullen at approx. 6:45pm MT. View full bracket below.
Boys - Colby 64, McCook 54
Boys - McCook 47, Norton 25
Boys - McCook 59, Burlington 34
All five starters scored in double figures as No. 24/25 Nebraska used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to cruise to a 94-75 victory over Creighton Saturday evening in front of 15,950 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska scored 47 points in each half while putting up the third-highest point total in its 52 all-time meetings with Creighton. The Huskers, who led by as many as 22, were up 13 at the half and Creighton never got closer than nine in the second half. Nebraska, which improved to 8-2 with the win, earned its 17th consecutive home win, as the Huskers have won each of their six home games this season by at least 15 points.
James Palmer Jr. paced the Husker offense with 30 points, his second career 30-point effort. Palmer hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Thomas Allen added a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points and a game-high five assists, while Isaac Copeland scored 11 points.
Nebraska shot 53.3 percent from the field, hitting 32 of its 60 shots for its third-most efficient performance of the season. That included knocking down 14-of-27 3-pointers for a season-high 51.9 percent from behind the arc. NU also outrebounded Creighton by four.
Creighton (6-3) was led by Mitch Ballock, who had a career-high-tying 23 points. Ballock was 7-of-10 from beyond the arc – including hitting each of his first six attempts – but the Huskers held him scoreless over the final 14:13. Davion Mintz (15) and Ty-Shon Alexander (10) were also in double figures for the Bluejays, but Nebraska limited Alexander to just one 3-pointer after the sophomore had hit multiple 3-pointers in every game this season.
Palmer got the Huskers going early, as he connected on his first three 3-pointers before Allen and Roby keyed an early 7-0 run, combining for all seven points as Nebraska built a 16-9 lead.
The Huskers led 18-10 when Palmer picked up his second foul, but the Huskers built the lead with the All-American candidate on the bench. NU went on a 19-4 surge, building a 21-point lead at 37-16 after a Nana Akenten 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the first half.
Nebraska led 47-26 after a Watson jumper, but the Bluejays made a run, outscoring the Huskers 8-0 to pull within 13 at the break.
Behind the shooting of Ballock, Creighton continued to chip away, pulling to within 51-42 after his sixth 3-pointer of the evening, but a pair of Roby free throws and Palmer’s 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 55-42 with 16:35 left.
Nebraska continued to extend the lead and led 77-60 before the visitors made one last run, Creighton ran off seven straight points to cut the deficit to 10 on 3-pointer from Mintz, but the answered once again. Creighton was within 81-70 before Isaac Copeland’s 3-pointer started a 13-2 run capped by Palmer’s sixth 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining.
The Huskers take a break for finals before traveling to Sioux Falls, S.D. for a matchup with Oklahoma State on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.