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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Defeat Southern 81-76

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The Huskers holds off the Jaguars behind Jeriah Horne’s 18 points.

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The Nebraska Cornhusker Basketball team gets a much needed win Tuesday night. The Huskers were able to hold off the Southern Jaguars and get back to .500 going into Big Ten Conference play. While it wasn’t very pretty, Nebraska was able to take control in the final seconds and secure the victory. Nebraska is 6-6 on the season and even though they have missed some opportunities, they are at least able to go into conference play on a high note. It is also only going to get tougher from here. Nebraska gets an eight day break before they start conference play. The Huskers first five Big Ten games are as followed: at Indiana, at Maryland, vs. Iowa, vs. Northwestern and at Michigan. It’s going to be a tough stretch to start conference play. Nebraska will need to get off to a hot start to avoid falling below .500 again.

The Good

Jeriah Horne had a career high with 18 points. Horne could legitimately be the shooter and missing piece for this team to succeed. While it was only one game, he looked like he had flashes of greatness. He can score inside, mid-range jumper is solid and his three-point shooting looked good too. Horne shot 7-9 from the field and 4-6 from three-point land. Glynn Watson Jr. had 13 points of his own. Anton Gill and Tai Webster had 10 points a piece. Overall, a pretty good shooting night for the Huskers. Nebraska will need to keep that going into Big Ten play.

The Bad

The defense did struggle in this game. Husker fans can take what they can with this team. Either good offense or good defense. Southern shot 48% from the field, not terrible defensively but could have been better. Southern could be an NCAA Tournament team this season so they may be a better opponent than some Husker fans think. Giving up 76 points is never a good thing, But with the Husker offense scoring more it didn't matter. We will see how this team responds after the holiday break. The first game is at Assembly Hall at Indiana, always a tough place to play for the opponent.

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Nebraska’s next game kicks off Big Ten play as they travel to Indiana on December 28, at 5:30PM central on BTN.