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Nebraska 70 Rhode Island 67

Big win for the Big Red on Sunday

It wasn't always pretty and it took the entire game but Nebraska came home Sunday afternoon and pulled off a victory.

Rhode Island held no punches early on as they came into Lincoln ready to play. Unlike the Huskers, the Rams played a very intense and well disciplined game early on in the afternoon. But it was the the second half hunger that helped Nebraska pull out the win on this rainy December afternoon.

While Nebraska was turning the ball over and missing shots, Rhode Island was keeping their team in sync and draining most of what they were tossing up. It seemed that every time Nebraska would get close, one of the Rams would throw up a three to push the lead just a little farther from reach.

Shavon Shields was the leading Husker in and out of the paint with a total of 19 points and 7 rebounds. At many times during the game he was our sole threat on the court. Andrew White III and Michael Jacobson struggled at times and both ended the game with 11 points a piece. Both had rougher games but came through in the end when needed.

Glynn Watson Jr. was the main force coming off the bench with 17 points. His effort this game will most likely challenge current starter Benny Parker for the starting spot.

Speaking of Parker. He only had 3 points but they came at a critical time in the last few minutes of the game. With a 1:14 left in the game and the Huskers down 65 to 64, Benny shot a three that gave Nebraska the lead that ended up winning them the game. Watson and Shields helped finalize the score but if it wasn't for Benny's contribution we would most likely be looking at a L in the record books.

Big threats from the Rams were Kuran Iverson and Jarvis Garett who each at 15 points and a combined 10 rebounds.

This was a much needed win for the Huskers against a very sound Rhode Island team that will most likely compete for the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Huskers will return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, December 20th against Samford.