Nebraska topped Southern, 66-55, in the season opener Sunday night at the Devaney Center handing Tim Miles his first win as Huskers head coach.
Brandon Ubel paced NU (1-0) with his second career double-double, with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 12 rebounds, career bests in both categories. Ubel scored nine of his points in an 11-3 Husker spurt after Southern pulled to within 31-28 in the opening minute of the second half. Ubel scored seven straight points, as his 3-point play gave NU a 38-28 lead.
Junior guard Ray Gallegos, who redshirted in 2011-12, had a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Dylan Talley added 17 points and seven rebounds for Nebraska, which shot 51.9 percent from the field and held Southern to 39.6 percent shooting.
The Huskers return to action Thursday evening, when they take on Valparaiso in the opening game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic at the Devaney Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.