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Nebraska has cold night in Texas

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • December 23, 2012 - 9:43 PM

Konner Tucker and Jaques Streeter had 17 points apiece to help UTEP defeat Nebraska 68-52 in the championship game of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday night.

Nebraska (8-4) fell behind early as the Cornhuskers didn't score until 13:31 into the first half. The Huskers then began to chip away at the lead when UTEP went cold for a 4-minute stretch, but closed out the half going on a 16-5 run.

The second half was much of the same as UTEP (6-5) controlled the pace. Nebraska cut the lead to as little as eight with a 13-4 run late, but UTEP stayed ahead.

Nebraska shot 37.3 percent from the field, while UTEP shot 47 percent and led by as many as 22 points.

Ray Gallegos led Nebraska with 22 points. Brandon Ubel had 11 points. Dylan Talley, who had averaged 15 points per game, was held to four points.

Penn State 72, New Hampshire 45: Playing for the first time in eight days prompted Penn State coach Patrick Chambers to set one goal on Sunday: Play harder than New Hampshire.

"I think we did that," Chambers said after Penn State limited visiting New Hampshire to 22.6 percent shooting (12 of 53) during a 72-45 victory.

Jermaine Marshall scored 15 points and Sasa Borovnjak 11 for Penn State (7-4), which used a 32-5 first-half run to open a commanding 34-8 lead against the Wildcats (4-7).

Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill added 10 each for the Nittany Lions, who have won three consecutive games and are 6-1 at home.

New Hampshire shot just 17.9 percent (5-for-28) in the first half, enabling Penn State to open a 39-14 halftime lead with a 16-for-29 (55.2 percent) first-half field goal performance.

"The energy and effort were there," Chambers said. "We were dialed in for 40 minutes."

Northwestern 63, Brown 42: Dave Sobolewski scored 14 points to lead Northwestern to the home victory.

Kale Abrahamson, Alex Marcotullio and Tre Demps each had nine points for the Wildcats (9-4) in their final game before Big Ten play begins.

Sean McGonagill scored 20 points to lead Brown (3-6), which has lost three in a row and five of its past six.

Northwestern made 13 of 24 from three-point range, with Sobolewski and Marcotullio each hitting three. Six Wildcat players made at least one three-pointer.

The Wildcats had 21 assists and just 12 turnovers.

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