Nebraska basketball comes up short against Creighton

OMAHA, NEBRASKA-DECEMBER 28: Maurice Watson Jr. /

The Nebraska basketball team played tough but couldn’t close the deal against Creighton.

The Nebraska basketball team played the Creighton Bluejays about as well as it has in the Tim Miles era. Unfortunately, poor shooting in the second half sunk the Huskers again as they lost to the Jays 75-65.

While you never want to talk about good losses, especially when this was the 7th straight loss for Nebraska, they did some things they can build on after Saturday. At the same time, they had the game within their grasp and simply couldn’t do the little things right down the stretch.

After leading at the half 38-33, the Huskers were outscored 47-32 after the break. That offensive swing was aided by the fact that the Jays had 10 turnovers in the first half and just four in the second.

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Maurice Foster came alive for Creighton in the second half as well. After being held to two points in the first half, he finished the game with 19.

For Nebraska, Isaac Copeland tried his best to carry the team to victory. The forward had 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals but didn’t get much help offensively.

Glynn Watson followed up his best game of the season with a struggle, shooting just 4 for 14 from the field, and 0 for 5 from three-point land. He also struggled with foul trouble.

Watson fouled out with about three minutes left in the game on what was one of the single most bad calls of the season. As Creighton player went up for a rebound, Watson collided with teammate Isaiah Roby … and was called for the foul.

While that foul didn’t decide the game (the Huskers were already fading down the stretch, it did underline a game in which Creighton took 17 free throw attempts to Nebraska’s three.

In the end, the Nebraska basketball team simply did not shoot well enough in the second half, while the Jays heated up considerably. Next up will be the final game of what has been a killer stretch as the Huskers will take on the Kansas Jayhawks next Saturday afternoon.