Huskers Edge Bulldogs, 59-56

Bolstered by another solid performance by sophomore center Aleks Maric, the Huskers hold on to squeak by the Bulldogs, 59-56.

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, Nebraska went on a 19-8 run over an eight-minute stretch near the end of the period to pull away for a 25-21 lead, sparked by eight points from Maric. The Australian finished 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-12 from the charity strip on the day, including a 12-point showing in 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 minutes.

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 to give Nebraska a lead it would never relinquish. Walker then made two crucial plays on the defensive end down the stretch, pulling down a rebound on a Paul Millsap missed free throw and diving to save a ball that the Huskers controlled with less than 45 seconds remaining in the game.

Walker then came up with a loose ball following his missed 3-point attempt with three seconds left that sealed the victory.

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 Southeast Missouri State. Tipoff for the contest against the Redhawks will be 2 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Pinnacle Sports Network.

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