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  • Associated Press Nebraska's Isaiah Roby blocks a shot by Maryland's Darryl Morsell during the first half Thursday's Big Ten Tournament second round game. Roby scored 15 points for the Cornhuskers.

Friday, March 15, 2019 1:00 am

College Basketball

Shorthanded Huskers pull upset

Associated Press

CHICAGO – James Palmer Jr. scored 24 points after a late wardrobe change, and Nebraska shut down No. 21 Maryland 69-61 on Thursday for the first big surprise of the Big Ten Tournament.

Using a seven-man rotation because of injuries and backup guard Nana Akenten's suspension, the Cornhuskers harassed the Terrapins into 36 percent (18 for 50) shooting and 11 turnovers. Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points, and Isaiah Roby finished with 15.

“We believe in each other. That's the main thing,” Watson said.

Palmer went 8 for 13 from the field after he matched a career high with 34 points in Wednesday's tournament-opening victory over Rutgers. He played 40 minutes for the second straight day after realizing right before tip-off that he wasn't wearing his game jersey.

Nebraska (18-15) will face Wisconsin today. 

MINNESOTA 77, PENN STATE 72 OT: Amir Coffey scored 10 of his 22 points in the final minute, as the Golden Gophers rallied.

Coffey put Minnesota (20-12) on top for good 69-66 when he drove for a three-point play, burying the free throw after he got knocked to the floor by a rotating Josh Reaves.

Lamar Stevens then missed a jumper. Coffey got bumped by Jamari Wheeler in a scramble for a loose ball, resulting in a heated exchange that led to technicals for both players and an ejection by Penn State's Mike Watkins for leaving the bench.

ACC

No. 2 VIRGINIA 76, N.C. STATE 56: In Charlotte, North Carolina, Kyle Guy scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointersas the Cavaliers rallied in the quarterfinals.

Big man Jack Salt provided an unexpected offensive boost with a career-high 18 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2), who trailed 29-27 at halftime.

Markell Johnson had 13 points to lead the Wolfpack (22-11).

No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 65, No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 63, OT: Terance Mann hit a wild off-balance runner with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to lift the Seminoles.

Mann's shot from the right side rattled around the rim before dropping through the net to break a tie for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (26-6). The fifth-seeded Hokies (24-8) had a final chance, but Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed a long desperation 3-pointer at the horn.

No. 3 NORTH CAROLINA 83, LOUISVILLE 70: Luke Maye had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Coby White added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Tar Heels.

Cameron Johnson scored all of his 14 points in the first half to help North Carolina (27-5) extend its winning streak to eight games.

Dwayne Sutton had 14 points for Louisville (20-13). The Cardinals shot just 10 of 34 from 3-point range. 

MAC

BOWLING GREEN 99, BALL STATE 86: In Cleveland, Demajeo Wiggins scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Falcons to a win in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. Dylan Frye added 20 points for Bowling Green (21-11), which will play Northern Illinois in the semifinals. Tayler Persons led the Cardinals (16-17) with 25 points. Carroll graduate Kyle Mallers had six points, seven rebounds and three assists and Columbia City product Brachen Hazen had four points and five rebounds for Ball State.