Huskers lose another key starter to injury in defeat to Penn State

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It was a painful consequence in a number of methods for Nebraska.

Already down one key starter for the remainder of the season, the Huskers suffered another substantial injury when Emmanuel Bandoumel had to be assisted off the ground early in Saturday’s sport whereas placing a bit of weight on his left leg.

“We’ll get a check on him tomorrow. The early analysis did not look good,” Fred Hoiberg stated on the Huskers Radio Network following his staff’s 76-65 loss at Penn State.

After the injury, the Huskers (10-10, 3-6) remained inside attain for nearly the whole lot of the sport, however struggled to get stops defensively in the second half and butchered it on the free-throw line. With Penn State led by 23 from Andrew Funk, the Nittany Lions hit 11 pictures from behind the arc (5 greater than Nebraska), whereas NU was a lackluster 13-of-24 from the charity stripe.

“Listen, whenever you miss that quantity of free throws on the highway, and so they acquired it going clearly taking pictures 68 p.c in the second half after taking pictures 33 in the primary – and you do not convert the free ones, you are going to have bother,” Hoiberg stated on the radio present. “When you miss 11 free throws and also you lose the sport by 11. It’s irritating whenever you get to the road 24 occasions. That’s what you need … however simply acquired to discover a approach to convert and knock down these free ones and provides ourselves an opportunity.”

As a lot as Penn State (13-6, 4-4) shredded Nebraska’s protection in the second half, the Huskers will kick themselves for straightforward factors given away.

Even after the Nittany Lions led 10-0 simply 2:15 into the sport, the Huskers tied it twice – at 15 in the primary half and 33 in the second half. But every time after it was tied PSU hit a 3-pointer. Always a step forward.

It’s going to be that approach whenever you shoot 68 p.c from the sector as Penn State did after main 29-23 on the half. Even with that, Nebraska a number of occasions was proper on the doorstep, together with trailing simply 57-54 with 8:17 left after Keisei Tominaga all of a sudden acquired sizzling. And Derrick Walker persistently acquired his factors too, scoring a team-high 20, whereas freshman Denim Dawson contributed 9 rebounds.

PSU all the time pushed again, although, and did once more when the Huskers closed a double-digit hole again to 72-65 in the ultimate minute, just for CJ Wilcher to be stripped of the ball as NU tried to creep nearer. That was the sealer.

“We’re going to have everyone prepared to step up whereas we get extra phrase on Emmanuel tomorrow or Monday,” Hoiberg stated. “But there’s going to have to be guys that step up if he is certainly out of the lineup for an prolonged interval.”

Nebraska will already be with out Juwan Gary for the remainder of the season, with a shoulder surgical procedure scheduled for the center of subsequent week. Bandoumel was another key veteran switch the Huskers had added this offseason, usually assigned defensively to the opponent’s high offensive weapons and a key vitality man for the squad.

“He offers you a lot versatility on that finish of the ground,” Hoiberg stated. “He’s pretty much as good of defender as I’ve ever coached guarding the ball. You take a weapon like that off and you have already acquired Juwan out of the lineup – it places you in a troublesome spot. It’s your two finest perimeter defenders which might be off the ground. Now, hear, underneath no circumstance ought to they shoot 68 p.c. That’s inexcusable. But you are lacking two actually good versatile defenders and whenever you take these guys out of the lineup it places everybody in a bind.”

Nebraska might be again at it on Tuesday evening once they host a Northwestern that has been something however a walkover this yr.

“There are some guys clearly which might be actually upset in there,” the coach stated of his locker room. “And a number of it’s simply lack of creating simple ones and making free throws. That’s one thing you have acquired to get previous. You’ve acquired to get by it and put this one behind us and exit and play towards an excellent Northwestern staff that has been off for some time.”

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