Nebrasketball Survives Southern 93-86 in Overtime

Nebrasketball Survives Southern 93-86 in Overtime

The saying goes that it’s better to be lucky than good, but the Huskers needed to be both in order to secure the win Friday night.

Nebraska(2-2) came out on fire, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and making 3-of-6 3s by the first media timeout to lead 15-12.

Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg surveys the action in the second half.

Southern(2-3) countered with size and athleticism on the boards, grabbing 21 of the first 30 rebounds, with 10 of those being on the offensive glass.

“I thought they were more physical than us, especially in the first half,” said coach Fred Hoiberg. “We talked about it from the first day we met, that rebounding was going to be an issue for our group, but we have to find a way to compete better than we did tonight on the glass.”

By halftime Nebraska was shooting 48-percent from the floor, with 58-percent from 3. But Big Red had already missed 8-of-15 free throws. That, combined with Southern hosting a 30 to 12 rebounding edge, meant the Huskers only led 40-38. The Jaguars closed out the first half on an 18-7 run.

Nebraska guard Jervay Green throws down an alley oop from teammate Cam Mack in the first half of Nebraska’s 93-86 overtime victory against Southern Friday night.

“We responded so much better this time around [to adversity],” said Hoiberg. “Last time, I think we got down 4-6 (points) and then it got to 15 or 18 right away when they caught fire. Those guys were hitting shots all over the place on us, but we found a way.”

Southern began the second half hitting their first seven shots from the field, and led by as much as eight, twice, but the hot shooting of Nebraska only got hotter. The Huskers shot 64-percent in the second half as the teams exchanged the lead three times and were tied four times in the final five minutes of the game, culminating in an extra period after junior Jervay Green hit a free throw with 15 seconds remaining and Southern failed to score on the ensuing possession.

From there it was all Nebraska. The Huskers scored 13 points in the Overtime period on 4-of-5 shooting, including 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

 

 

“I can see it in the huddle that they’re engaged,” said Hoiberg. “In the game a couple weeks ago I could see heads down, not pouting, but hunched over shoulders. Tonight, those guys were engaged, and they kept going and kept fighting and kept battling. That’s growth.”

Nebraska finished the game shooting 57.4-percent, including making 12-of-21 3s. But the Huskers only managed to make 19-of-37 free throws on the night and were outrebounded 54 to 24, including giving up 25 offensive rebounds.

“Not very often you give up 25 offensive rebounds and miss 18 free throws and win a game, but give our guys credit for finding a way,” said Hoiberg “It’s certainly better to win, and learn from a win, than a loss.”

Green had a team high 22 points to go with six assists. Sophomore Cam Mack scored 16 points and had 8 assists. Freshman Yvan Oeudraogo and senior Matej Kavas added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Huskers next head to the Cayman Islands Classic next week. The first game is set for Monday against Washington State(2-2). Tuesday’s game will be against either George Mason(5-1) or Old Dominion(3-2).The other side of the bracket, and possible Wednesday opponent, includes Colorado State(3-2), New Mexico State(2-3), Loyola(3-2), and South Florida(2-2).