Indeed the future Blue Devil was forced to earn each and every tally in the stat book after Jesuit double and even triple teamed him throughout much of the game.
When a number of Marauders were unsuccessful with their defensive efforts, they resorted to fouling the All-American, sending him to the line a season high 16 times on the night. Of those attempts, Nelson was able to convert 11 times.
The physical play of the Marauders quickly began to fuel competitive fires as the Huskies didn't back down, and began to exchange words with their opponents as the first half wound down before coaching staffs separated both groups.
It didn't help that Jesuit's Jared Stigall had tallied 19 first half points, which prompted Nelson to draw the defensive assignment in the second half. Once the Duke bound guard took the assignment, Stigall managed just two points throughout the rest of the second half.
"He's so big and quick," said Stigall of Nelson after the game. "I just couldn't get by him"