The Nebraska men’s basketball team nearly let a 15-point lead slip away in the second half before holding off Jacksonville State, 59-55, Tuesday night at the Devaney Center. A 20-6 run by the Gamecocks pulled the visitors to within a point with 21 seconds to play.
After the game, coach Tim Miles expressed his disappointment.
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Nebraska led 50-35 when JSU went on their run and made it 56-55 after Ronnie Boggs’ three-pointer with 21 seconds left. On Nebraska’s next possession, Ray Gallegos split a pair of three throws with 18 seconds left, giving NU a two-point lead, with JSU having a chance to tie.
Brian Williams got into the lane, but his attempt missed and Dylan Talley pulled down the rebound. Talley, who finished with 10 points, hit a pair of free throws to preserve the win.
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It was a game of runs early, as the Huskers ran off seven straight points to take an early 11-6 lead after a Talley jumper, only to see Jacksonville State respond with a 14-2 run of its own to take a 20-13 lead after a Brian Williams basket.
Nebraska played well defensively late in the first half, holding JSU to just one basket over the final 9:38 of the first half to take control, as Nebraska ran off the final 12 points of the half, and made eight consecutive defensive stops to take a 29-22 lead into the locker room. NU held JSU to just 31% shooting in the first half.
The Huskers started the second half with a 10-3 run that put the Huskers up 41-29. From there, freshman Shavon Shields scored the Huskers’ next seven points, as NU pushed the lead to 15 before Jacksonville State rallied down the stretch.
The Huskers (7-3) placed three players in double figures as Shields led NU with 14 points. The 6-foot-6 freshman hit 6-of-7 shots from the field while setting career highs in rebounds and steals. Brandon Ubel had his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Huskers will travel to El Paso this weekend for a two-day tournament on Saturday and Sunday. NU will face Central Michigan Saturday night at 6 p.m.