A 22-0 Villanova run near the end of the first half erased a small lead Nebraska had and the Huskers lost 87-63 on Tuesday night in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Nebraska (1-1) was up 23-16 midway through the first half, but went on a major scoring drought to find themselves down 38-28 at half.
Nebraska newcomer Andrew White led all Husker scorers with 18 points, pulling down six rebounds in 30 minutes. Forward Shavon Shields added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Glynn Watson, who was 2 for 9 in the Huskers’ opener, scored 12 points going an aggressive 5 for 15 from the field.
“It was disappointing. We just had some guys not fair well tonight,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles on the Nebraska Sports Network post-game show..
Nebraska starters Tai Webster and Benny Parker shot a combined 2 for 11, committing 10 turnovers and only registering three assists in 55 minutes of play.
No. 11 Villanova, who came into the contest ranked No. 11, forced the Huskers into 22 turnovers during the game.
“I said to the guys, I know Villanova is good, but I can’t help but walk away from this thinking, we did this to ourselves,” said Miles. “We just didn’t do enough. It was disappointing that way.”
Villanova had four players in double-figures, including Josh Hart who went 8 for 14 from the field for 19 points.
In the second half, Nebraska cut the deficit to 15, at 53-38 after a Watson jumper with 11:52 left, but would get no closer, as the Wildcats went on a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 28. Villanova shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and led by as much as 30.
The Huskers return home to begin a three-game homestand this Thursday, Nov. 19, as Delaware State visits Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling the NU Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
* Parts of the Nebraska press release were used in this report