The Nebraska Cornhuskers were down 23-9 at the end of the First Quarter to Spanish Professional team Albacete on Tuesday afternoon in Spain.
A lack of energy from the start with shooting woes put a lot of thoughts about last year's team on the mind of folks watching on Periscope. It got worse when the deficit was 17 in the Second Quarter.
However, backed by a big time 17 points from Andrew White III, 13 more from Tai Webster, and a stellar Defensive show in a tight final few minutes, the Huskers walked away 2-0 on their Spanish trip by winning 66-63.
This was the second of a 4 game trip for Nebraska, who is trying to figure out who will be playmakers after Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford have left the team.
Shavon Shields, playing almost 33 full minutes to lead Nebraska in playing time, nailed 11 points and 4 rebounds to compliment White's 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Off the slow start into the Second Quarter, Nebraska used a 16-5 run to get back in the game, capped by a 3 point play by Benny Parker.
The Huskers took their first lead at 41-40 on a Webster basket, growing the lead to 49-43 before Albacete fought back to make it a 3 point game at 51-48 after 30 minutes.
In the final period, Nebraska had to come back from behind again as Albacete took a 55-53 lead. Off a Shields FT miss, White got the rebound and put back to give Nebraska a lead they would never give up. Albacete did cut the lead to 1 in the final minute, but a Shields hit a driving bucket with 31 seconds left. Albacete got another basket, but Shields nailed 2 Free Throws to ice the game, as Albacete couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.
The Huskers will do some sightseeing tomorrow before heading to Barcelona to take on the European Basketball Academy. That game has a 1pm Central tipoff time.
#LosHuskers take the paella with a 65 -62 victory. Great, competitive basketball game. #UsAlways #Nebrasketball pic.twitter.com/YvvxdoeIsX— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) August 18, 2015