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Associated Press, Published March 06 2013

Ubel paces Nebraska in upset of Gophers

LINCOLN, Neb. – Brandon Ubel scored Nebraska’s last 10 points and finished with 15, and the Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota 53-51 Wednesday night in the final men’s basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Cornhuskers (14-16, 5-12 Big Ten) never trailed, and Nebraska students stormed the court to celebrate the victory over the team that upset then-No. 1 Indiana just last week.

The Huskers won despite shooting only 36 percent. The Gophers

(20-10, 8-9) shot 38 percent but made only 10 of 20 free throws while dropping to 1-7 in Big Ten road games.

Dylan Talley added 12 points for the Huskers.

Trevor Mbakwe scored 15 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for Minnesota. Rodney Williams, who scored a season-high 23 against Nebraska in January, was held scoreless.

The Huskers are moving to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena west of campus next season. Fans lingered in the stands after the game, snapping pictures of the 37-year-old arena.

First-year Nebraska coach Tim Miles grabbed the public-address microphone and said, “Hey, Husker fans. Thank you for 37 years in the Devaney Center. We love you.”

Miles is a former head coach of North Dakota State and Mayville State.

Minnesota had won four straight over Nebraska, including an 84-65 victory in Minneapolis on Jan. 29.

The Gophers couldn’t finish their comeback against the Huskers and a juiced-up crowd of 13,194 that came to see off the arena and seniors Ubel, Talley and Andre Almeida.

The Huskers led by as many as nine points in the second half but couldn’t put the Gophers away because of two long field-goal droughts.

Nebraska led 23-21 after a physical first half. Minnesota had a shot-clock violation, and both teams nearly ran out the shot clock several other times.

MINNESOTA (20-10): Ingram 3-7 0-1 6, Mbakwe 6-9 3-4 15, Williams 0-4 0-1 0, Welch 2-4 0-2 4, Au. Hollins 0-5 0-0 0, An. Hollins 4-14 3-4 14, Coleman 0-0 0-1 0, Ahanmisi 1-2 3-4 5, Eliason 3-5 1-3 7. Totals 19-50 10-20 51.

NEBRASKA (14-16): Ubel 4-7 6-6 15, Shields 3-7 2-4 8, Rivers 2-7 3-4 7, Gallegos 2-8 1-2 7, Talley 3-10 4-4 12, Parker 0-2 0-0 0, Tyrance 0-0 0-0 0, Almeida 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 16-45 16-20 53.

Halftime: Nebraska 23-21. 3-Point Goals: Minnesota 3-13 (An. Hollins 3-8, Ahanmisi 0-1, Au. Hollins 0-2, Williams 0-2), Nebraska 5-15 (Talley 2-5, Gallegos 2-5, Ubel 1-2, Rivers 0-1, Shields 0-2). Fouled Out: Rivers, Shields. Rebounds: Minnesota 34 (An. Hollins, Mbakwe 6), Nebraska 34 (Rivers, Shields, Ubel 6). Assists: Minnesota 7 (An. Hollins, Welch 2), Nebraska 11 (Ubel 4). Total Fouls: Minnesota 18, Nebraska 22. A: 13,194.