Miscues Late, Poor Shooting Doom Gophers at Nebraska

Updated: 03/06/2013 11:51 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

The Minnesota Gophers continue to find ways to lose Big Ten conference road games, dropping a 53-51 affair at Nebraska.

It's Minnesota's seventh straight Big Ten road loss.

The "FG" column in the boxscore tells the story:

Rodney Williams: 0-4, Austin Hollins: 0-5, Andre Hollins: 4-14. Even Joe Coleman's 0-0 line shows things were simply not in sync for the Gophers in yet another road loss.

Williams, Austin Hollins and Coleman ended up scoreless for the game

Two would-be meaningful three point tries in the closing moments could have changed things dramatically.

Andre Hollins hurried a shot to tie with 16 seconds to go. Later, after a 5-second inbounds violation by Nebraska breathed unexpected life into the Gophers hopes, Maverick Ahanmisi's shot rattled out with 5 seconds to go.

The Cornhuskers 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.

Trevor Mbakwe led the Gophers with 15 points on a 6-9 night shooting.

Brandon Ubel scored the Huskers last 10 points, finishing with 15.

The Gophers close the regular season Saturday at Purdue.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)