The Nebraska Cornhuskers held Jackson State, its third straight opponent, to under 50 points and used a strong second-half effort from junior forward Quincy Hankins-Cole to hand Jackson State (0-8) a 57-41 victory Saturday night at the Devaney Center.
Hankins-Cole turned in 13 of his career-high 15 points in the second half and led along with Ryan Anderson (10 points) as the two Huskers to finish in double figures.
Hankins-Cole’s back-to-back buckets midway through the second half cut a Jackson State comeback effort that saw the Tigers close a 15 point halftime lead to just seven, 27-20, with just under 14 minutes to play. The junior’s 11 second-half points guided NU to its largest lead of 24 points (51-17) with six minutes to go.
The Husker defense turned in a solid performance, as it took Jackson State more than 22 minutes to reach double-digits on the scoreboard. By that point, the Huskers had built a 13 point lead, 24-11, and the Tigers didn’t have enough left to catch NU.
The Tigers finished the game 17-of-52 (32.7 percent) from the field, while Nebraska connected on 22-of-53 (41.5) shot attempts.