The Cornhuskers (7-3, 1-1), who shot 57 percent in the second half, suddenly went cold shooting, but they hit their free throws to seal their first conference win.
For a team with aspirations of competing with Michigan State for a Big Ten title, the Gophers lacked energy and struggled on both ends of the floor to squander an opportunity to get that always-difficult conference road win.
The Gophers are definitely not in an early hole at 1-1 in the Big Ten standings, but they have lost two of their past three games after a 7-0 start, including last week against Miami (Fla.) at home.
Nati Harnik – Associated PressGallery: Nebraska's Isaiah Roby (15) tries to drive around Minnesota's Amir Coffey during the first half of an Ncaa College Basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
Nati Harnik – Associated PressGallery: Minnesota's Reggie Lynch (22) wins a rebound between Nebraska's Isaiah Roby (15) and Duby Okeke (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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