With Andre Almeida sidelined by injury, Nebraska's other two seniors stepped up big to lead the Huskers to their first home win in Big Ten Conference play with a 64-49 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Dylan Talley paced Nebraska with 20 points, while tying his season high with eight rebounds. The 20 points marked Talley's career high in a Big Ten game and his fourth 20-point effort of the season. Ubel added 14 points and 12 rebounds, posting his fourth double-double of the season and first in conference play. His 12 rebounds were one shy of his career high, but marked a career high for a league game.
While Talley and Ubel paced the offense, a collective team effort helped limit Northwestern to 49 points, the Wildcats' second-fewest points this season. Northwestern shot just 32.1 percent from the field and 6-of-29 from the three-point line. The Wildcats relied on Dave Sobolewski for the majority of their scoring, as the senior poured in a season-high 21 points, accounting for nearly half of Northwestern's total points.
Nebraska led by just two at halftime, 24-22, before operating efficiently on offense for the entire second half. The Huskers hit 13 of their 24 shots in the second half, shooting 54.2 percent from the field. Talley scored 10 points in the second half, while junior Ray Gallegos scored all 11 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
The win was Nebraska's second in its last three games, as the Huskers improved to 11-10 on the year, including a 2-6 mark in Big Ten play. Northwestern, which had defeated two top-25 teams in its last three contests, fell to 12-9 on the year and dropped to 3-5 in conference action.