LINCOLN, Neb. – A winless Prairie View A&M gave Nebraska everything they could handle in the first half, but the Huskers used an 18-2 run midway through the second to beat the Panthers on Tuesday night, 81-50.
Up only 31-28 at halftime, Nebraska (8-5) held a 26-8 lead at the 7:00 mark, but watched the Panthers go on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to make it close at the break.
“There’s a lot of good teams out here. A lot of well-coached guys. I think teams just bring it,” said Nebraska junior Andrew White. “For a lot of the opponents we’ve had, so far, this has been some of the best atmospheres they’ve been in. It’s just a game that everybody circles on their schedule, so that’s why we see teams at their best every night.”
White scored 10 of his 19 points in the second half, hitting on 4 of 6 shooting. He and senior Shavon Shields led the Huskers in scoring with 19 a piece.
“I thought we were better on the ball,” said head coach Tim Miles regarding his second half defense. “We were good on the ball early. Against Samford I thought we were good on the ball early as well and then as we didn’t score we really relaxed. We’ve got to really ride out that defensive intensity and make it pay for us on the other end. You need to get some quick easy shots and some stuff in transition. I thought the second half it was really critical once it got to 33-34 the guys really locked in. I don’t know if they called timeout or we did. I think they did. They had a kid limping around. Benny (Parker) was really vocal in that timeout and then went out and played accordingly.”
Next up is the start of Big Ten play on December 30 against Northwestern. Players will be given the next three days off for the Holidays before returning to the practice court on Saturday night.