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Nebraska cannot hold on to lead against OSU

March 15, 2014
The Altoona Mirror

INDIANAPOLIS - LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds and No. 24 Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

The victory sends No. 5 seed Ohio State (25-8) into a semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed Michigan today. The Wolverines defeated No. 9 seed Illinois 64-63 in another quarterfinal on Friday.

Amedeo Della Valle added 12 points for the Buckeyes, who led for all but the final minute of the first half, then had to rally past the Cornhuskers (19-12).

Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 20 points, but fouled out while defending Ross late in the game. Walter Pitchford added 15 points and Shavon Shields scored 12 for Nebraska -- which blew a 14-point lead in the second half -- playing after a first-round bye for the first time since joining the Big Ten.

Wisconsin rolls

INDIANAPOLIS - Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to an 83-57 rout over Minnesota, 83-57, in the quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Badgers (26-6) have won nine of 10 and will face No. 22 Michigan State, a winner over 11th-seeded North-western, in today's semifinals.

Minnesota (20-13) was led by Deandre Mathieu with 18 points and Joey King with 14 but lost for the sixth time in their last eight tries against the Badgers. The Gophers now must wait to see if the NCAA tournament selection committee thinks they have done enough to get one of the precious 36 at-large bids.

The Badgers scored the last eight points of the first half to take a 34-22 lead, then fended off Minnesota's second-half charge with 10-2 run that made it 50-33. The Gophers couldn't get closer than 10 the rest of the game.

Michigan survives

INDIANAPOLIS - Tracy Abrams had the ball right where he wanted it - in his own hands with a drive to the basket.

The junior guard just came up short.

Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left, and Abrams missed what would have been the winning shot at the buzzer, allowing No. 8 Michigan to hold on in a quarterfinal-round scare with a 64-63 win.

Abrams and Illinois (19-14) did everything they could to pull off the upset.

They charged back from a 13-point second-half deficit with strong zone defense. They outrebounded the Wolverines 33-26, and committed only nine turnovers in the game.

 
 
 

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