Young's late basket lifts Northwestern over Nebraska 79-78

  • Northwestern center Ryan Young, second from left, celebrates with guard Chase Audige, left, and guard Boo Buie after scoring a basket against Nebraska during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Northwestern center Ryan Young, second from left, celebrates with guard Chase Audige, left, and guard Boo Buie after scoring a basket against Nebraska during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Northwestern center Ryan Young, center, shoots against Nebraska forward Lat Mayen and guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Northwestern center Ryan Young, center, shoots against Nebraska forward Lat Mayen and guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Nebraska guard Trey McGowens, right, shoots against Northwestern guard Boo Buie during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Nebraska guard Trey McGowens, right, shoots against Northwestern guard Boo Buie during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Northwestern forward Robbie Beran, right, celebrates with guard Eric Zalewski after making a 3-point basket against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Northwestern forward Robbie Beran, right, celebrates with guard Eric Zalewski after making a 3-point basket against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Nebraska guard Shamiel Stevenson, right, drives against Northwestern forward Pete Nance, left, and forward Robbie Beran, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Nebraska guard Shamiel Stevenson, right, drives against Northwestern forward Pete Nance, left, and forward Robbie Beran, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Nebraska forward Lat Mayen, left, drives to the basket past Northwestern forward Robbie Beran during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Nebraska forward Lat Mayen, left, drives to the basket past Northwestern forward Robbie Beran during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Northwestern forward Miller Kopp, left, shoots over Nebraska forward Lat Mayen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Northwestern forward Miller Kopp, left, shoots over Nebraska forward Lat Mayen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Northwestern guard Eric Zalewski, left, and Nebraska guard Kobe Webster battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Northwestern guard Eric Zalewski, left, and Nebraska guard Kobe Webster battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Nebraska forward Derrick Walker goes up for a shot against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Nebraska forward Derrick Walker goes up for a shot against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

  • Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, March 7, 2021. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 3/7/2021 4:19 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Ryan Young's putback with 2.7 seconds left gave Northwestern a 79-78 win over Nebraska in a regular-season finale on Sunday.

Young had missed the front-end of a one-and-one, giving Nebraska the ball back with 42.7 seconds left and a one-point lead. But the Huskers turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation. Pete Nance, who had made an old-school, right-handed hook for a 76-75 lead, put up a running hook that missed but drew three defenders, leaving Young alone for the putback. Kobe Webster missed a 3-pointer that appeared to be after the final buzzer.

 

The Wildcats (9-14, 6-13) won their third straight game after losing 13 in a row. Both they and the Cornhuskers (7-19, 3-16) begin play in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Chase Audige scored 14 points, Nance 13, Miller Kopp 12, Boo Buie and Robbie Beran 11 each and Ty Berry 10 for the Wildcats, who had six in double figures in a conference game for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Northwestern shot 53%, including 11 of 25 behind the arc.

Webster had 23 points and seven 3-pointers for Nebraska, both career highs for the Western Illinois grad transfer. Trey McGowens added 15 points. The Cornhuskers hit 14 of 33 3-point attempts and shot 46% overall.

Northwest built a 16-point lead in the first half and went into the break ahead by nine.

Webster's 3-pointer started a 15-4 run over six minutes of the second half for a 70-67 Nebraska lead with just under four minutes left.

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