Brice Williams had a game-high 22 points to lead three Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska suffered an 87-82 overtime setback at Rutgers Wednesday evening. 

The Huskers (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) led 63-51 with 9:39 remaining in regulation after consecutive 3-pointers from Wilcher only to see the Scarlet Knights rally in the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Huskers had two chances in the final 10 seconds to win, but could not capitalize and get a shot off, sending the game to an extra session. 

Williams finished with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Keisei Tominaga and Wilcher added 16 and 12 points, respectively.

In the extra session, Nebraska tied it at 74 after a Tominaga 3-pointer but Cliff Omoruyi’s basket with 2:58 left in overtime gave the Scarlet Knights the lead for good. Rutgers led 79-74, but the Huskers would continue to battle. 
NU got to within 83-82 after a pair of 3-pointers by Sam Hoiberg, the last with 20.9 seconds left, but Rutgers Noah Fernandes hit a pair of free throws to make it a 3-point game before Tominaga’s 3-pointer with 10 second left was off the mark, allowing Rutgers to escape with the win.

Aundre Hyatt led five Rutgers (10-7, 2-4) players in double digits with 17 points while Mawot Mag added 16. Omoruyi finished with 14 points and 15 boards, as Rutgers out-rebounded NU, 56-42, including 25 offensive rebounds which led to 20 second-chance points.

The first half saw runs by both teams before going into the locker room deadlocked at 36-all. Brice Williams had 11 first-half points to pace NU in the opening 20 minutes.   

The Huskers trailed 11-7 before a Tominaga 3-pointer and a conventional 3-point play from Jamarques Lawrence started a 10-0 Husker run that gave NU 17-11 lead after Rienk Mast’s basket with 12:42 left in the half. 

Nebraska eventually stretched its margin to 12, at 27-15 after a 3-point from Juwan Gary with 8:51 left in the half before Rutgers charged back. The Huskers led 33-25 after an Eli Rice free throw with 5:23 left in the half but Rutgers went on a 9-0 run of its own to take a 34-33 lead. Williams hit a trio of free throws on NU’s next possessions, but Mawot Mag’s putback with 14.1 seconds left in the half tied the game. 

Nebraska trailed 42-41 after Derek Simpson’s 3-pointer, but four straight points from Josiah Allick started an 9-0 run that saw Nebraska build a 50-42 advantage after a Williams 3-pointer. 

Rutgers pulled to within 57-51 after a putback from Hyatt before Wilcher hit consecutive 3-pointers to give NU its largest lead of the half. Unfortunately, that would be NU’s last field goal of regulation, as the Scarlet Knights mounted a comeback and used a 11-2 spurt, including eight straight to pull within 65-62 after an Omoruyi dunk. 

Nebraska, which went 12-of-15 from the line in the second half, kept hitting free throws to stay ahead and led 69-66 after Jamarques Lawrence hit a pair of free throws with 1:06 left in regulation. On Rutgers’ next possession, Omoruyi scored, but could not convert the 3-point play to make it a one-point game. With 26.5 seconds left, Omoruyi was fouled, but missed the front end of the one-and-one. That would hurt NU as the Scarlet Knights kept possession and Hyatt split a pair of free throws to tie it a 69-all with 19.8 seconds left. 

Nebraska returns home this Saturday, Jan. 20, to take on Northwestern at 1:15 p.m. It is Husker Basketball Alumni Weekend, and some 300 Level tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com or calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED. 

Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska falls to 66-55 all-time in overtime games, and tonight’s loss snaps a three-game OT win streak dating back to last season.

*-Brice Williams posted his second 20-point game of the season with a game-high 22 points. It was his highest total since Nov. 18. Brice Williams has been in double figures a team-high 14 times this season.  

*-Williams tied a career high with four 3-pointers, as he had four against Milwaukee when he played for Charlotte on March 20, 2023.

*-Nebraska had won 17 straight games when scoring 80-or-more points before the streak was snapped at Rutgers. The Huskers are now 19-2 over the last three years when scoring 80 or more points with both losses coming in overtime.

*-Nebraska hit 10 or more 3s for the ninth time this season, finishing 13-of-35 from 3-point range. 

*-Nebraska had a 10-0 run in the first half, NU’s 15th double-figure run of the season.

*-C.J. Wilcher had 12 points off the bench, the 15th time in 18 games where NU had at least one double-figure bench scorer

*-Josiah Allick tied a career high with three blocked shots. He also had three against UTSA on Dec. 20, 2022, while playing at New Mexico.

HUSKERS SHUT DOWN WOLVERINES

Lincoln - Freshman Natalie Potts produced her third double-double of the season with game highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead four Huskers in double figures, as the Nebraska women's basketball team rolled to a 62-43 win over Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night.

Potts, a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, scored her 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and a 5-for-5 night at the free throw line to help the Huskers pull away from the Wolverines and improve to 5-2 in the Big Ten and 13-5 overall. The 6-2 forward from O'Fallon, Mo., also pulled down six offensive rebounds to power the Big Red's 21 offensive boards on the night, which they turned into 15 second-chance points against Michigan. The Wolverines slipped to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

Graduate guard Darian White matched Potts with 13 points, while adding five defensive rebounds. It was White's first double-digit scoring effort since Dec. 5.

Junior guard Kendall Moriarty added a huge effort off the bench with a season-high 11 points to go along with a pair of steals, as the Huskers won the turnover battle against the Wolverines, 18-15.

Junior center Alexis Markowski added double figures for the 18th straight game this season while contributing seven rebounds and two steals of her own for the Huskers. Graduate guard Jaz Shelley also produced a strong game with eight points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists while holding Michigan star Laila Phelia to just 1-for-8 shooting from the field.

In a low-scoring defensive slugfest, Nebraska led from start-to-finish for the second straight home game, jumping to a 12-3 lead in the first five minutes. The Huskers held a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained the nine-point edge (28-19) at halftime.

The Wolverines cut the margin to 28-24 with a 5-0 run to open the third quarter, before Potts answered with four straight points. Nebraska pushed the margin to 40-30 late in the third quarter on a basket by White and took a 46-31 lead to the fourth quarter after Potts closed the period with a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left.

Michigan cut the margin to 53-40 with five minutes left, but a 7-0 run that included a bucket by Markowski, a three-pointer by White and two free throws by Potts pushed Nebraska's margin to 20 points at 60-40 with 1:45 left.

The Big Red held Michigan to just 32.6 percent (15-46) shooting from the field, including 4-of-15 three-pointers (.267), while limiting their sixth opponent of the season to fewer than 50 points, including their second straight Big Ten foe at home (Illinois, 48). 

Lauren Hansen led Michigan with 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while Phelia managed eight points by going 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Jordan Hobbs also finished with eight points. The Wolverines were held to just six assists.

Nebraska managed 39 percent (23-59) shooting from the field despite hitting a season-low three three-pointers (3-17, .176). The Huskers did hit 13-of-18 free throws (.722) and produced a commanding 46-28 edge on the boards, including 21-8 on the offensive glass.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Sunday when the Huskers take on Penn State in University Park. Tip-off with the Lady Lions is set for Noon (CT) with a live video stream available from B1G+. The game is also available across the Huskers Radio Network, including free live audio on Huskers.com.

THOMAS JOINS NEBRASKA FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF

Nebraska Head Coach Matt Rhule has added veteran offensive coach Glenn Thomas to the Husker staff. Thomas has more than two decades of college and NFL coaching experience and will serve as Nebraska’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Thomas’ hire is pending the completion of the University of Nebraska hiring process.

Thomas comes to Lincoln after one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thomas served as an offensive assistant, helping the Steelers to an appearance in the AFC playoffs.

Rhule also announced offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield will assume responsibility for coaching the Husker tight ends in 2024.  Additionally, Josh Martin will return to his role as an analyst for the Huskers after serving as an interim offensive assistant coach last season.

Thomas’ impressive resume includes five seasons working with Rhule at Temple and Baylor. In each of those stops, Thomas and Rhule developed record-setting quarterbacks in Temple’s P.J. Walker and Baylor’s Charlie Brewer.

“Glenn Thomas has a history of success throughout his coaching career, and I look forward to him being a part of the Nebraska football program,” Rhule said. “Glenn has proven to be an elite developer of quarterbacks, and his background at both the collegiate and NFL levels is a great addition to our coaching staff.”

Overall, Thomas has 15 years of college coaching experience, serving at the coordinator level in 10 of those seasons. He has eight full seasons on NFL staffs and was influential in the development of NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan.

“I am honored for the opportunity to join a tradition-rich football program at the University of Nebraska,” Thomas said. “I have been fortunate to work for Coach Rhule in the past and appreciate the chance to join him and his outstanding staff at Nebraska. I can’t wait to get to Lincoln and go to work with the Husker offense.”

Before spending the 2023 season in Pittsburgh, Thomas was Arizona State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2022. He oversaw a rushing attack that saw Xavier Valladay notch the 10th-best rushing mark in school history with 1,192 yards and 16 touchdowns. Additionally, under Thomas' tutelage, quarterbacks Trenton Bourget broke the ASU record for single-season completion percentage at 71.4 percent.

Prior to Arizona State, Thomas was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UNLV (2020-21). He helped lead the Rebels to several historical accomplishments during that time, including helping running back Charles Williams break the program's career rushing record and earn first-team All-Mountain West honors. In both of Thomas's seasons at UNLV he contributed to the development of the Mountain West Freshman of the Year. In 2020, wide receiver Kyle Williams achieved the honor, while quarterback Cameron Friel earned the award in 2021. Friel broke the school record for season completion percentage by a freshman, connecting on 62.4 percent of his passes.

Thomas spent the previous five seasons working on Rhule’s staff at Baylor and Temple. Thomas was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor from 2017 to 2019, assisting in transforming the program. In 2019 the Bears went 11-2 with a No. 7 ranking and a Sugar Bowl appearance. During Thomas' three years in Waco, quarterback Charlie Brewer developed into one of the top quarterbacks in school history, throwing 69 touchdowns in three seasons and being named a semifinalist for the 2019 Davey O'Brien Award.

Thomas moved to Baylor alongside Rhule after serving at Temple in 2015 and 2016. In two years with the Owls, one as quarterbacks coach and the second as offensive coordinator, Thomas helped the program post the school's first back-to-back 10-win seasons and bowl berths and capture the 2016 American Athletic Conference title. The 2016 offense averaged 413.6 yards and 32.4 points per game under Thomas’ direction. As quarterbacks coach in 2015, Thomas mentored junior QB P.J. Walker, who threw for 3,295 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Before his time at Temple, Thomas spent seven seasons in the NFL from 2008 to 2014. He was the Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach for three seasons after being promoted from offensive assistant. During the three seasons when Thomas guided quarterback Matt Ryan, the former first-round pick threw for more than 4,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in each campaign. Ryan earned Pro Bowl honors after the 2012 and 2014 seasons and cemented himself as the best quarterback in franchise history.

In 2012, Ryan set franchise single-season highs in passing yards (4,719), touchdown passes (32) and completion percentage (68.6). Atlanta's offense also featured perennial Pro Bowlers Roddy White and Julio Jones at wide receiver, Michael Turner at running back and legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez, an NFL Hall of Famer.

Thomas started his full-time college coaching career at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 2001 to 2007. As a graduate assistant coaching wide receivers from 2001-04, the Mustangs won the Lone Star North Division Championship in his first season. Thomas oversaw the school's passing game and quarterbacks in the 2004 campaign and helped guide MSU to its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance in school history. Thomas transformed MSU's offense into a powerhouse while serving as coordinator from 2005-07. During his final season, the Mustang offense led the nation in total offense (550.0 yards per game) and rushing yards per game (317.0).

During his time at Midwestern State, he spent time with the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason. He assisted with wide receivers and quarterbacks (2002-03, 2005), and first met future Falcons coach Mike Smith during that time. The two also worked together during Smith's tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars for one season in 2004.

A native of Eastland, Texas, Thomas began his coaching career as a student assistant at Texas Tech. He earned his degree from Texas Tech in 1998 and received a master’s degree from Midwestern State in 2004.  Thomas and his wife Felicia have two children, Hayden and Dylan.

Thomas Coaching History

2024:  Nebraska, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2023: Pittsburgh Steelers, Offensive Assistant Coach

2022: Arizona State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2020-21: UNLV, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2017-19: Baylor, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2016: Temple, Offensive Coordinator

2015: Temple, Quarterbacks Coach

2012-14: Atlanta Falcons, Quarterbacks Coach

2008-11: Atlanta Falcons, Offensive Assistant

2005-07: Midwestern State, Offensive Coordinator

2001-04: Midwestern State, Graduation Assistant (Wide Receivers)