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Nebraska goes on 20-0 burst, handles Iowa

Dec 29, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA;  Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Sam Griesel (5) scores on a drive against Iowa Hawkeyes forward Kris Murray (24) in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska used a 20-0 scoring run in the first half to beat Iowa 66-50 on Thursday night in a Big Ten Conference game in Lincoln, Neb.

The Cornhuskers (8-6, 1-2 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak in the series by holding the Hawkeyes (8-5, 0-2) to 26 percent shooting, including 12 of 45 from inside the 3a-point arc.

Nebraska led 38-26 at the half thanks to a banked 3-pointer from Juwan Gary just before the break. The margin stretched to 22 after a 12-2 run early in the second half, with Gary’s dunk making it 52-30 with 15:39 remaining.

Two free throws by Emmanuel Bandoumel and a basket by Wilhelm Breidenbach pushed the lead to 56-32 moments later.

Gary was one of five Cornhuskers in double figures, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Sam Griesel had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Nebraska shot only 40.7 percent but used a 54-40 rebounding advantage, including 40 defensive boards, to keep the Hawkeyes in check.

An 8-0 run got Iowa within 60-45 with 3:22 to go, but Nebraska scored on its next three possessions to seal the win.

Iowa, the top-scoring team in the Big Ten at 83.8 points per game, started 3 of 28 from the field with 16 consecutive misses during a 20-0 Nebraska run and trailed 29-8 with 5:48 left in the first half. The drought ended on a 3-pointer by Kris Murray, who had missed the previous four games with a foot injury.

Murray’s trey keyed an 8-0 run Iowa run, and he hit another 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the half to get the Hawkeyes within 33-24. Murray finished with 17 points, while Filip Rebraca had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Iowa remains on the road to face Penn State on Sunday, while Nebraska travels to Michigan State on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media