Petteway, Nebraska top Gophers despite Malik Smith's slick shooting

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2014 - 6:34 AM

A porous Gophers defense spoiled a 29-point outburst by Andre Hollins’ replacement, Malik Smith.

view larger photos


– In his first start as a Gopher, Malik Smith looked more than ready to fill injured guard Andre Hollins’ shoes.

Unfortunately for the Gophers men’s basketball team, until the final minutes no one else in maroon and gold did in an 82-78 loss to Nebraska on Sunday at the new Pinnacle Bank Area.

Smith, the transfer from Florida International, had a stellar performance, matching a career high with 29 points and tying a school record with eight three-pointers. He also had no turnovers. But as a whole, the Gophers showed in painstaking detail how replacing Hollins will require so much more than an aggressive Smith.

Minnesota allowed a Nebraska team that came into the game ranked 10th in the Big Ten in offensive efficiency to shoot 50 percent from the field and make 11 three-pointers. Terran Petteway was particularly damaging, finishing with 35 points on 10-for-15 shooting with four three-pointers.

On the other end, the Gophers (15-6, 4-4) went just 16-for-25 from the free-throw line, had 13 turnovers — nine from point guard DeAndre Mathieu — and only one other Minnesota player joined Smith in double-figure scoring.

“We knew we were going to miss him,” Smith said of Hollins, who severely sprained his left ankle last week against Wisconsin. “We just need everybody to step up, it can’t just be one person. We have to step up collectively, and we didn’t all do that today.”

Incredibly, the Gophers picked up the slack at the very end, storming back from a double-digit deficit to come within two points with 2.7 seconds left after Daquein McNeil followed Petteway’s two missed free throws with a score in transition.

But a game full of defensive deficiencies couldn’t be solved by a handful of sharper minutes. The Gophers were forced to foul Petteway again, and this time the Huskers guard made good on his chance, hitting both free throws and sending Nebraska (10-9, 2-5) to its second Big Ten victory of the year. Its only loss at home this season is a one-point heartbreaker to Michigan.

“There’s a reason why we’re 4-4 in the league,” Pitino said. “We guard vs. Wisconsin. We didn’t do a great job tonight. And you’re going to sit around .500 until you can defend, night in and night out.”

After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Gophers began to wake up with just over a minute to play. Mathieu made a three and Austin Hollins and Joey King each made a field goal (Hollins’ was a three) and two free throws before McNeil’s basket.

When the game was over, Pitino entered the locker room unable to muster a tirade, Smith said. Instead, the coach quietly made his disappointment known — a reaction that felt much worse than yelling, Smith said.

Once after beating Ohio State and once after beating Wisconsin, Minnesota has struggled to maintain the momentum, falling by 21 at Iowa after the Buckeyes win and then losing at Nebraska in one of its most sluggish performances of the year in Lincoln.

“I think it shows you how far we have to go as a team to be competitive at a high level,” said center Elliott Eliason, who was beating himself up for his subpar performance in his home state. “We’ve got a long ways to go still. Every time I think we’re there, we do something like, this and it just shows we’re not there.”


  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Nebraska 82, Gophers 78

    Sunday January 26, 2014

  • Gophers postgame: Minnesota needs to find consistency

    Sunday January 26, 2014

    The Gophers dropped a big one at Nebraska, just a few days after the best win of the year, against Wisconsin.

  • Gophers-Nebraska game recap

    Sunday January 26, 2014

    GAME RECAPImpact playerTerran Petteway, NebraskaThe Gophers couldn’t do much to stop the Huskers guard, who finished with 35 points, six...

  • Cornhuskers guard/forward Terran Petteway (5) scrambled for a loose ball with Gophers guard Austin Hollins (20) during Nebraska's 82-78 victory Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. Petteway led all scorers with 35 points.

  • nebraska 82, gophers 78

    Up next: 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Northwestern • Williams Arena • TV: Big Ten Network (1500-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 5 FINAL
Baltimore 4
Toronto 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 FINAL
Cleveland 4
San Diego 3 FINAL
Seattle 4
Chicago WSox 6 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Kansas City 13 FINAL
Texas 2
Oakland 9 FINAL
San Francisco 2
Wisc-Milwaukee 0 FINAL
Milwaukee 8
Arizona 6 FINAL
Colorado 3
Univ of Minnesota 1 FINAL
Minnesota 3
New York 82 FINAL
Indiana 105
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Orlando 100
Cleveland 120 FINAL
Toronto 112
Utah 84 FINAL
Boston 85
Charlotte 115 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Denver 100 FINAL
Minnesota 85
Detroit 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
LA Lakers 94 FINAL
Miami 100
Philadelphia 118 FINAL
Oklahoma City 123
Memphis 102 FINAL
Houston 100
Sacramento 85 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
Golden State 102
Portland 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Ottawa 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
NY Rangers 1 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Colorado 3
Montreal 1 FINAL
Anaheim 3
Longwood 65 FINAL
Presbyterian 61
Campbell 64 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 72
Liberty 70 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 80
Ohio State 77 FINAL
Penn State 67
Maine 66 FINAL
Albany 83
Duquesne 81 FINAL
Fordham 66
George Washington 67 FINAL
George Mason 51
Tennessee 78 FINAL
LSU 63
Notre Dame 71 FINAL
Louisville 59
SE Missouri St 74 FINAL
Morehead State 79
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Mount St Marys 58
Hartford 63 FINAL
New Hampshire 67
Wagner 68 FINAL
Robert Morris 91
Long Island 70 FINAL
St Francis-NY 79
La Salle 50 FINAL
Saint Josephs 55
Providence 79 FINAL
Seton Hall 66
South Florida 74
Binghamton 57 FINAL
Stony Brook 62
Vermont 66
Sacred Heart 85 FINAL
Bryant 91
Richmond 56 FINAL
Massachusetts 53
Wake Forest 51 FINAL
Duke 94
Purdue 66 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Miami-Florida 67 FINAL
Pittsburgh 63
St Bonaventure 64 FINAL
Saint Louis 48
New Mexico St 69 FINAL
TX-Pan American 48
Houston 68 FINAL
Tulane 63
Howard 62 FINAL
Oklahoma State 82
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
Tulsa 47
Miss State 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Utah State 53 FINAL
Wyoming 76
St Johns 67 FINAL
Marquette 51
SIU Edwardsville 66 FINAL
Eastern Ill 78
Air Force 66 FINAL
Fresno State 68
Nebraska 57 FINAL
Illinois 69
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Nevada 62
Boise State 68 FINAL
San Jose St 51
San Diego St 60 FINAL
Oregon 65 FINAL
Oregon State 62
UC Santa Barbara 98 FINAL
Hawaii 90
Toledo 64 FINAL
Northern Ill 68
Wake Forest 69 FINAL
Boston College 53
Eastern Illinois 35 FINAL
UT Martin 68
Austin Peay 69 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Virginia Tech 57 FINAL
NC State 56
Massachusetts 55 FINAL
St Bonaventure 49
Auburn 71 FINAL
Florida 49
Penn State 63 FINAL
Indiana 68
Clemson 53 FINAL
Georgia Tech 80
Davidson 63 FINAL
La Salle 74
Loyola-Maryland 46 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Boston U 48 FINAL
Colgate 58
Coll of Charleston 58 FINAL
James Madison 107
Delaware 76 FINAL
Elon 77
Drexel 58 FINAL
Northeastern 42
Hofstra 75 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 76
Towson 56 FINAL
William & Mary 68
Miami-Ohio 55 FINAL
Akron 67
Ball State 85 FINAL
Central Michigan 69
Buffalo 55 FINAL
Bowling Green 47
Western Mich 65 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 74
Ohio U 69 FINAL
Kent State 56
Youngstown St 62 FINAL
Cleveland State 73
Illinois-Chicago 54 FINAL
Wright State 74
Alabama 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Detroit 60 FINAL
Milwaukee 56
Purdue 58 FINAL
Wisconsin 56


question of the day

Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters