Lincoln --- Sophomore
center Aleks Maric snagged his fifth career double-double and second of the
season with a career-high 22 points and 14 boards Sunday as the Nebraska men's
basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 59-56 win over
Louisiana Tech during the final game of the John Thompson Foundation Basketball
Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The win capped a busy opening weekend that saw the Huskers win three games in three days. Louisiana Tech went 1-2 in the tournament, while Yale finished 2-1 and Longwood was 0-3.
Senior guard Jason Dourisseau opened the first half with two slam dunks in the first five minutes to jump-start the Huskers early. Dourisseau punctuated a solid opening weekend by finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds for the night while earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Trailing 13-6 seven
minutes into the first half,
The Nebraska defense
held on a four-point lead to end the half, 29-25, by holding Louisiana Tech to
just 9-of-27 shooting from the field in the opening 20
Maric sizzled again in the second half when he connected on a left-side lay-up while getting fouled by Louisiana Tech's Drew Washington. Maric completed the three-point play by converting his free-throw to put the Huskers ahead 45-40.
Louisiana Tech made a furious comeback with just over two minutes remaining in the second half as Trey McDowell nailed back-to-back 3-point shots to tie the game at 55-all. McDowell finished with a game-high 23 points on the night, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line.
However, it was not enough to stop
the Huskers as freshman guard Marcus Walker answered with a 3-pointer of his own
Louisiana Tech shot 36.5 percent from the floor for the game, including a 6-of-13 effort from the 3-point range. The Huskers connected on 36.5 percent, but were 17-of-27 from the charity stripe.
Following its busy weekend, the
Huskers will practice this week before returning to the court at home on Sunday,
Nov. 27 against