Kopp, Northwestern beat Nebraska in OT, snap 12-game skid

NCAA Basketball

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)Miller Kopp scored 21 points and Northwestern scored seven straight points to open overtime then held off Nebraska for an 81-76 win Sunday that snapped a 12-game losing streak.

Kopp opened the overtime scoring for Northwestern (7-21, 2-16 Big Ten) with a 3 pointer, then the Wildcats forced two Nebraska turnovers, hitting layups after each to go up 74-67 with 3:15 left in the extra period.

Nebraska (7-22, 2-16) cut its deficit to 78-76 on Dachon Burke Jr.’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds left and the Huskers had a chance to tie the game 22 seconds later when Yvan Ouedraogo missed a pair of free throws. Northwestern hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal the win.

Nebraska lost the game at the free-throw line where the Huskers hit just 8 of 30. Northwestern made 15 of its 20 free throws.

Northwestern, which led 37-34 at half, saw Nebraska use a 13-4 run to go up 47-41 on Burke’s steal and dunk with 14:11 left. But the Huskers could manage only nine more points in the next nine minutes, falling behind 63-53.

Nebraska tied the game at 65 on a Haanif Cheatam 3-pointer with 1:51 left and went up 67-65 on a Cam Mack basket with 1:39 left. A pair of Pat Spencer free throws tied the game at 67-all with 49 seconds left.

Boo Buie had 15 points for Northwestern. Spencer finished with 12 points and Ryan Young scored 10.

Cheatam led Nebraska with 20 points. Burke scored 19, Mack added 13 and Ouedraogo had 11 points and 19 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: With Sunday’s win, Northwestern swept Nebraska, getting both of its Big Ten conference wins against the Huskers. The Wildcats victory moved past Nebraska into 13th place in the conference.

Nebraska: Despite a 5-11 home record, Nebraska continues to draw more than 15,000 fans per game. Going into Sunday, Nebraska ranked 11th in the nation in attendance at 15,589. That’s the highest per-game average since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened in 2013.

UP NEXT

Northwestern is at Wisconsin Wednesday

Nebraska travels to Michigan Thursday

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