The Nebraska men’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the season dropping an afternoon game in Puerto Rico to Vanderbilt 59-49. The Huskers were held without a three point basket for the entire game turned the ball over too much (15 times) for Doc Sadler’s liking.
NU was up 46-43 with just under seven minutes to go, but Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins scored seven of his game-high 22 points during an 8-1 run that put the Commodores on top for the first time since the first half. Jenkins tied the score with a three-pointer, and then gave Vandy the lead with 5:45 remaining before and with a pair of free throws with 3:05 left helped extend the lead to 51-47.
Jenkins hit 8-of-13 shots and 5-of-6 from the foul line for 22 points. Sophomore Brandon Ubel led the Huskers with 10 points, but NU shot just 29% in the second half. Sophomore Jorge Brian Diaz added eight points and eight rebounds.
Nebraska was held without a 3-pointer for the first time in 341 games dating back to Dec. 12, 1999. NU plays Davidson at 2:30 on Friday.