Nebraska made its free throws down the stretch when it had to, as the Huskers nearly gave away a 19-point lead before holding on for a 68-59 win over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 11,011 at the Devaney Center.
The Huskers went 10-of-10 from the foul line in the final minute to secure the win. Brandon Ubel led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, including 10-of-11 from the free throw line, setting career highs in free throws made and attempted. Ubel was 6-of-6 in the final minute to send the Huskers into Big Ten play on a winning note with a 9-4 record.
Nicholls State, which never led, pulled to within 58-54 after a T.J Carpenter 3-pointer with 1:04 left before Ubel got to the line on the inbounds play with 57 seconds left. The Huskers were just 10-of-23 on the day from the line at that point, including 8-of-18 in the second half, but he sank both free throws to push the lead back to six. The Colonels got to within 60-56 on its next offensive possession, but David Rivers knocked down another two free throws, as Nebraska ended Nicholls State’s comeback bid.
The key in this game is that the Huskers were able to get to the free throw line, recently being a bone of contention for head coach Tim Miles.
The Huskers open Big Ten Conference action on Wednesday, Jan. 3, when the Huskers travel to Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. (central)