The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team lost at Nebraska 82-78 last night in Big Ten Conference play. The Cornhuskers blistered the nets for 50-percent shooting in the win, led by a career high 35 points from Terran Petteway [[ ter-RAN PETTA-way ]]. Golden Gopher Malik Smith made his first start as a Minnesota player and matched a career high with 29 points and tied a school record by making eight baskets from three-point range. Smith transferred to Minnesota from Florida International, where he also scored 29 points in a game last year. The Gophers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and eventually pulled to within two points with two-seconds left. Nebraska cashed in on free throws late to seal the win. Minnesota is now 15-and-6 overall and 4-and-4 in the Big Ten. Next up for the Gophers is a Saturday game at home against Northwestern at 1 p.m.
The Golden Gopher women’s basketball was no match for No. 13 Penn State yesterday. The Nittany Lions raced out to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back, getting 25 points from Maggie Lucas. Minnesota received 25 points from junior Rachel Banham of Lakeville and a double-double from freshman Amanda Zahui [[ ZOW-hee ]]. The Gophers are now 13-and-8 overall and 2-and-5 in the Big Ten. The Gopher host Iowa on Wednesday night.