Nebraska came out strong in the Barclays Classic and played well against #24 Cincinnati but in the end the Bearcats won the day. The undersized Huskers played gritty against the talented team from Ohio but in the end, couldn't pull off the upset.
Shavon Shields got into foul trouble early in the game and was absent for majority of the first half. He came out and played on fire in the second, making you think what the final score might have been if he was a major factor in the first. He end with 14 on the game.
Even with the first half troubles the team had the score even with Cincinnati by half time at 25 - 25. It wasn't the prettiest of play but was enough against a top 25 team.
Tai Webster, who ended the game with 21 points and 8 rebounds, helped the team through the rough patches. Tai has not historically always been the more productive player on the court but has really come out the last few games. When the team has needed him he has come through, even if he started the trip to New York with a stomach bug. You can't say the guys not a fighter.
After Webster and Shields the scoring dropped of a bit. The next highest were Andrew White III with 8 points and Jake Hammond with 7. Jack McVeigh was the lone Husker who came off the bench and made any major contribution with 6 points and 3 rebounds.
One note on the game, Shavon has started to emerge as one of the leaders on this years team. His influence is starting to show on the floor. Guys are reacting to him. Something that is needed on this young Husker team. His influence is really starting to show on the court as the season has progressed.
Nebraska plays Tennessee (4-2) next on Saturday morning at 11am in the classic.