Huskers take victory over Southern
Lincoln – Bryce mcgowens achieved their first career double-double, while Nebraska also achieved a career-high 15 points from Derrick walker in the Huskers’ 82-59 win over Southern on Sunday afternoon.
McGowens finished with 18 points along with career highs in rebounds (11) and assists (four), as the Huskers shot 53% from the field, including 61% in the second half. The freshman did most of his damage on the line, dropping 10 of 10 from the charity strip, while Nebraska (3-2) fell to 24 of 30 from the line.
Walker led four double-digit Huskers with 15 points on 7 of 8 shots as he posted a career-high scoring for the second game in a row. Nebraska controlled the paint, edging Southern, 46-20, in the paint.
Nebraska took control early on, jumping to a 14-4 lead in the first 10 minutes, the Huskers held Southern to 2 of 16 shots in that streak. The Jaguars came close to 29-18 on a Jayden Saddler basket with 3:01 left at the half, but the Huskers used a 10-4 run to extend the lead to 17 at the break.
Southern made one final inning, using a 7-0 push to reduce a 19-point deficit to 41-29 with 17:08 remaining, but Alonzo Verge Jr. scored a 9-0 Husker run as NU built a 21-point lead with 13:35 remaining and was in control for the rest of the game,
Verge had 14 points and six rebounds, while Keisei Tominaga added 11 off the bench as NU only went 4 of 23 on a 3-point range, but 23 of 28 on the inside of the arc.
Brion Whitley led Southern (1-4) with 17 points off the bench in a losing effort. The Jaguars shot 33 percent, including 6 of 21 on 3 points.
The Huskers return to action Tuesday night when they face Tennessee State. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be on Big Ten Network and Huskers Radio Network.