Rhode Island led to 11 late in the first half, and held the lead until the 90 second of the game. Senior guard Benny Parker nailed a three-pointer with 1:14 left to give the Huskers their first lead since the midway point in the first half. The three points were Parker’s only points of the game.
“Glynn made a good read, got two feet in the paint for a shot of the roll, but he found Benny and Benny made the shot,” said Coach Tim Miles after the game. “It was great that Benny stepped up and made that play.”
Nebraska was led to Shavon Shields, who scored 19 points and led Nebraska in rebounds with seven. Freshman guard Glynn Watson poured in a career high 17 points off the bench. Four total Huskers scored in double-figures as both Andrew White III and Michael Jacobson scored 11 points.
“Little bit of a rite-of-passage game maybe for this team,” said Miles. “I thought tonight was a toss-up game and the guys came out and did a heck of a job finding a way to win even though it wasn’t easy for a long, long, long time.”
Nebraska takes the week off for finals this week, and returns to action next Sunday against Samford.