It took more than regulation to decide a tightly fought contest between Nebraska and Miami Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers battled back from an eight point deficit in the second half to lead the game with the #21 ranked Hurricanes, and eventually send the game to overtime. But Miami escaped Lincoln with a 77-72 win to hand the Huskers their third loss of the season.
“Our kids kept battling,” said Coach Tim Miles. “We had a chance to be right there.”
Nebraska (5-3) was led by senior Shavon Shields, who scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Shields made 11 shots on 25 attempts. Andrew White III added 13 points and freshman Glynn Watson scored 11 off the bench.
“Shavon’s as good a player as there is in the Big Ten,” said Miles. “Tonight, he was as good as anybody on the floor… He’s just developing and growing into a better player.”
The Huskers have now played two top 25 teams within ten point games in the last five days, dating back to a game against Cincinnati on Friday in the Barclay’s Classic in Brooklyn. The Huskers’ next test comes at home against Abilene Christian on Saturday. Nebraska has a hand full of non-conference games remaining, including a road game against Creighton next Wednesday.
“I don’t want to be the little engine that could,” said Miles of not taking a moral victory from the loss. “We had some freshman who’ve got to get in the fight. When you go in that alley, you’ve got to be ready to go.”