LINCOLN, Neb. – Behind senior guard Benny Parker’s three-pointer with 1:14 left, Nebraska completed a big comeback win over Rhode Island on Sunday, 70-67.
Parker only played 13 minutes in the game and had attempted just one shot before his three-pointer that put the Huskers up 67-65.
“That’s what senior leaders do. Step up, make big plays and I know everyone believes in him,” said fellow senior Shavon Shields. “He just stepped up and made a big play for us.”
The senior’s minutes were largely impacted by true freshman Glynn Watson, who scored a career high 17 points in 21 minutes, committing just one turnover and recording the assist on Parker’s three.
“Credit to my teammates,” said Watson. “They told me keep playing with confidence, so that’s what I did. I tried to make a play and made a big shot.
“I just come in and try to do my role. I believe in my coach and believe in my teammates so I just come in and try to play my role and do what I need to do to help the team win.”
Shields, scored a game high 21 pointes on 8 of 18 shooting, pulling down seven rebounds in 39 minutes of play. But it was Watson and Parker’s three-pointer being talked about after the game.
“I thought Glynn was doing a good job, and he was scoring, which is, for a young guy, that’s kind of his M.O. I think it gives him confidence which it would a lot of people, but I think their defensive pressure was more important than anything,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. Glynn kept breaking off the offense and scoring. I wanted to get more touches for Shavon (Shields) and the other guys, so I’d say, ‘Well let’s run our offense.’ and then we play kickball on the other side with it, twice in a row. Forget the offense… score.”
Another Nebraska true freshman, Michael Jacobson, received his second career start and scored a game high 11 points and had four rebounds. After getting hurt in camp, Jacobson appears to be settling in.
“I would say I am definitely getting my confidence back,” said Jacobson. “I am definitely getting more and more comfortable on the offense end and defensive end, not thinking so much, just kind of starting to become a little bit natural and ready to play.”
Nebraska (7-4) managed to get the free throw line 24 times, hitting on 20.
“It was the first road game of the year. I thought we played well for a large portion of the game,” said Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley. “We were in major foul trouble early with two of our better players not being available to us. I thought we handled things very well in the first half. We played well up until the last couple minutes of the game. They made a huge run and some big shots. They did things to win and we obviously did things to contribute to losing.”
Nebraska’s next game will be on Dec. 20, with players having finals this week.