Huskers erase 17-point deficit, earn comeback win over Badgers
LINCOLN - Nebraska put up the largest comeback Pinnacle Bank Arena has ever seen to knock off Wisconsin 73-63.
It was homecoming for Bellevue West product Chucky Hepburn, and the first half belonged to the him and the Badgers as Wisconsin would lead by 11 at the first half break.
The Badgers' success continued into the event half when the would push that 11-point lead, all the way to a 17-point lead with 14 minutes left in the game. However, Nebraska went on a 20-2 scoring run midway through the second half to power its way to a comeback. Tominaga hit a trio of triples in that stretch, while Sam Hoiberg and Sm Griesel joined in on the three point party as well.
Chucky Hepburn kept Wisconsin right in striking distance, trading leads with the Big Red, as he scored 19 in the Wisconsin loss. Wisconsin drew up a step back three for Hepburn, with the game tied 61-61, but tight defense by Nebraska forced a miss, forcing overtime.
Nebraska would outscore Wisconsin 12-2 in the extra session to score a 73-63 win.
"The fun part for everybody was just how into it everybody was," Hoiberg said. "The bench, the crowd, the crowd was absolutely incredible today... We talk to our teams about how there's going to be adversity, there's going to be runs... Credit to our team to fight through that and keep their composure."
Blaise Keita, who's been dealing with a high-ankle sprain for much of the season, recorded two points and 10 rebounds for the Huskers, in one of his best games of the season. Both senior Derrick Walker and Fred Hoiberg had high praise for Keita postgame.
"For a guy like Blaise, who hasn't complained one second, since he's been here, he just continues to work," Hoiberg said. "The thing I'm really proud of is for it to pay off in a game like this."
"He [Keita] ws tremendous," Walker said. "Having been out for so long with a high-ankle sprain, for him to go out and play so many minutes, he was amazing for us."
With the win Nebraska improves to 13-14 on the season.
The Huskers were led in scoring by Keisei Tominaga with 22, followed by Derrick Walker with 18... Sam Griesel had 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Chucky Hepburn led Wisconsin with 19
Nebraska is back in action on Tuesday when they visit Rutgers.