Over the first five weeks of the season, we’ve seen two different sides of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
They opened the season with four straight victories, a stretch that included wins over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Dayton Flyers. Both of those wins could have been considered resume boosters come NCAA Tournament time.
Since then, the Huskers have struggled.
Coming into Tuesday’s tilt against the Southern Univ. Jaguars, the Huskers had lost six of their previous seven contests. In their last outing, they suffered an 70-62 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at home.
On Tuesday, Nebraska found themselves in another tight battle. They were looking to get back on the right track, but had to work for it against the Jaguars.
Things were tight down the stretch, but a jumper from Jeriah Horne in the closing minutes sealed the deal for the home side. Nebraska held on for the 81-76 victory over Southern, pushing their record back to .500 on the year.
Nebraska stretched their lead to as many as nine points in the first half, and took a four-point advantage into the locker room. The lead was short-lived, as the Jaguars came out strong in the second half.
Southern took a four point lead of their own, but Nebraska would bounce back. Anton Gill hit a pair of free throws with 9:14 remaining to cap off an 8-0 run that would give the Huskers the lead for good.
While Nebraska never trailed the rest of the way, the Jaguars still threatened to take a lead on a few different occasions.
It was back-and-forth down to the wire, then Horne stepped up in a big way to ensure the Huskers wouldn’t suffer back-to-back upset losses on their home floor.
Whenever Southern got close, Horne hit big shots to keep Nebraska ahead. With 6:50 remaining, he hit a three pointer to give the Huskers a seven-point lead. The Jaguars would continue to fight, and Nebraska needed some more heroics from Horne in the final minute to seal the deal.
With 14 seconds to go, a jumper from Horne gave Nebraska a six point lead. Emanuel Sheperd hit a three to bring the Jaguars back to within three, but a pair of free throws from Glynn Watson, Jr. sealed the deal.
It took some extra work down the stretch, but Nebraska held on for the 81-76 win over Southern on Tuesday night.
Jeriah Horne led the way for Nebraska, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Tai Webster added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win.
Guard Trelun Banks led the way for Southern, scoring a team-high 16 points. Four starters scored in double figures for the Jaguars in a losing effort.
– T. Bennett