The Nebraska Cornhusker basketball team opened the season with a 63-46 win over San Jose State on Sunday. The Huskers used a strong defensive effort and strong bench play from freshmen Toney McCray.
McCray scored 17 points off the bench while coming down with a team high nine rebounds. While the offense was spotty, the defense forced 25 turnovers including 16 steals while the shooting was hot and cold.
The Huskers went 10:27 without scoring including the first eight minutes of the second half, but NU started the game 7 of 10 from three point range. During that scoring drought, the Huskers held San Jose State to just 10 points in that stretch to hold their lead.
Senior Paul Velander added nine points off the bench, while freshman Brandon Richardson added six. The defense and bench scoring was the difference in the game, as Nebraska enjoyed a 31-11 advantage in points off turnovers, while the Husker bench outscored the San Jose State reserves, 41-16.