The Nebraska men’s basketball team begins the final stretch of the regular season Tuesday night, as the Huskers will host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff between the Huskers and Nittany Lions is set for shortly after 7 p.m.
The Huskers (5-15, 1-12 Big Ten) come off a 75-58 loss to Purdue on Saturday. The Huskers led 49-46 with just over 13 minutes left before the Boilermakers used a 19-4 run to seize the momentum. The Huskers got a strong performances from its reserves, who combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds. Shamiel Stevenson, Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Kobe Webster combined for 28 points, while Yvan Ouedraogo had even points and eight rebounds. The group helped NU erase an 11-point first-half deficit and put the Huskers in position entering the final 10 minutes.
Thorbjarnarson may have played his best game of the season, as he set season bests in points (nine) and 3-pointers (three) while also contributing four assists, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He has been a mainstay off the bench and has an 8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in seven games dating back to Feb. 8.
Penn State (7-12, 4-11 Big Ten) played well in a 74-68 loss at No. 11 Iowa on Sunday. Myreon Jones and Izaiah Brockington had 11 points each, as the Nittany Lions led 41-36 halftime lead and led by as many as seven points in the second half before Iowa rallied. The Hawkeyes held PSU to 31 percent shooting after halftime and got a game-high 23 points from Luka Garza. Three of PSU’s last four losses have been by six points or less.