Senior forward Joe Martin, the nation's leader in rebounding average, notched 16 points and a game-high 14 boards for the Bulldogs (2-3), while Obie Trotter and Michael Ford chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Leading by four at the start of the
The Bulldogs cut the advantage to three on a trey by Trotter and a pair of foul shots by Ford, but McCray hit his third 3-pointer after a free throw from junior forward B.J. Walker to put the Huskers back up by seven, 46-39.
A&M made a run near the end of
the contest, cutting the lead to seven points, 65-58, with 33.6 seconds
remaining, but Marcus Walker drained a pair of foul shots with 10 seconds left
to seal the victory for
Alabama A&M grabbed an early
lead coming out of the locker room, forcing
NU grabbed its first lead less than five minutes into the game, breaking an 8-8 tie. Senior forward Jason Dourisseau began the march with a transition dunk off a pass by freshman point guard Jamel White, and later added a layup after out-hussling A&M on the offensive glass. Following a Bulldog bucket, B.J. Walker hit a short jumper to give the Huskers a three-point lead midway through the first half.
Alabama A&M struck back to claim a two-point lead on back-to-back baskets by Martin, including one three-point play, but B.J. Walker tied the game at 18-18 on the ensuing possession with his second field goal of the first half. Miscues were costly for the Huskers early, as seven turnovers led to seven of the Bulldogs' first 18 points.
Nebraska asserted itself inside late in the half, as freshman forward Kyle Marks entered the game and put his team up by two with a layup, before adding a free throw following an A&M intentional foul. Marcus Walker then gave the Huskers a six-point lead on his first 3-pointer with 5:07 remaining in the half after Wilkinson pulled down an offensive board.
The Bulldogs quickly struck back on a basket by Martin, followed by Trotter's first trey and a transition layup by Ford, to retake a one-point lead. Marcus Walker then answered with his second 3-pointer, and Dourisseau added a layup on the following possession to give NU a 29-25 lead. McCray then drilled his first trey for a six-point lead before Trotter notched a layup with only three seconds remaining to make the score 32-28 at the break.
McCray has now hit at least three 3-pointers in his last three contests, after recording at least three treys just once in his first eight games.
The Huskers return to the court
Saturday, Dec. 31, when they travel to