There was little comfort inside Pinnacle Bank Arena early in the second half, as Nebraska trailed win-less Prairie View A&M 34-33. Nebraska used defense to spur offense from then on out to close the game on a 48-16 run en route to a 81-50 win to close non-conference play.
“You’ve got to ride out that defensive intensity and make it pay for you on the other end,” said coach Tim Miles following the game. “Once it got to 34-33, I think the guys really locked in.”
Nebraska was led by Shavon Shields and Andrew White III, who each scored a game-high 19 points. Tai Webster scored 10 points off the bench for the Huskers as well. Freshman guard Glynn Watson Jr. had two points and two assists in the first start of his college career.
“We came out and cleaned it up in the second half and were better with the ball,” said Miles. But he points out the turnover problems that plagued the Huskers against Samford showed up again Tuesday night. “I wish I could point to one guy, but you really can’t. I think the nine (turnovers) were spread over seven guys. You’ve just got to keep getting better.
Nebraska closes the non-conference schedule at 8-5 with the win. Big Ten play starts on December 30 at Pinnacle Bank Arena against Northwestern.