LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Tim Miles frequently says he doesn’t believe any basketball game is won or lost in the first half.
But the Huskers tested that theory to the extreme with what happened in the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s 65-62 overtime loss to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes, who had won five of their previous seven games, were beyond listless to start. They scored two points in their first 13 possessions, missing 10 of 11 shots and committing four turnovers.
Yet OSU trailed only 8-2 because Nebraska missed its first 11 3-point shots and had three other shots blocked early on.
“That certainly hurt us,” Miles said. “That was a chance for us to really jump out on top. To not be able to extend the lead there, that hurt a great deal.”
Husker backup center Jake Hammond had four of the eight points that gave NU its early lead. Ohio State responded with a 13-3 run to go up 15-11 with 5:11 to go in the half.
Shields may dress at PSU
Nebraska senior forward Shavon Shields missed his fourth straight game as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered Feb. 6 against Rutgers.
But Miles said there may be hope for him to dress in Thursday’s game at Penn State.
The 6-foot-7 forward, who had started 106 straight games, took part in Saturday’s walkthrough on the scout team but didn’t dress for the game. Shields also practiced briefly late Friday afternoon following a solo workout earlier in the day.
Freshman forward Ed Morrow (foot, plantar fasciitis) dressed for the game but didn’t go through warmups. He also has missed four straight games.
Bits and pieces
» Nebraska’s 35 3-point attempts were the most since hoisting 36 in a 2005 game against North Carolina A&T. The school record is 37 in a 2002 loss to Kansas.
» Guard Tai Webster’s 3-pointer with 6:12 left in regulation was his first in the month of February.
» Freshman forward Michael Jacobson had a career-high nine rebounds, including seven on offense.
» Nebraska is 0-2 in overtime this season, having also lost to Miami.