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November 13, 2016
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                1   2   total 
Sacramento St. 33  28    61 
NEBRASKA       36  47    83 

Lincoln, Neb. — Behind an all-around effort from Glynn Watson Jr., Nebraska overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from Sacramento State, 83-61, Sunday evening in the Huskers' season opener.

Watson led four Huskers in double figures, scoring a career-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and adding six assists, five rebounds and a trio of steals for the Big Red, who won their 15th consecutive season opener.

Tai Webster posted his third career 20-point effort with 20 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forwards Ed Morrow Jr. (15 points) and Jack McVeigh (14 points) combined for 29 points for NU. For Morrow, it was a career high as he also grabbed six boards, while McVeigh went 3-of-5 from long range and added a team-high seven caroms.

Watson was magnificent in the first half, scoring 17 of his points in the first half, as Nebraska clung to a 36-33 lead over Sacramento State (0-2). After jumping out to a 9-2 lead, Sacramento State hung around for most of the first half, as NU shot just 41 percent in the first half, compared to 48 percent for the visitors.

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Glynn Watson Jr. scored a career-high 23 points to lead Nebraska to a season-opening victory over Sacramento State on Sunday.

The Huskers and Hornets were tied at 31 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half before the Huskers took control with a 10-2 spurt that spanned both halves. Watson's 3-point play with 1:28 left in the half gave NU the lead for good, as the Huskers stretched the margin to 31-33 with 18:26 left.

The Hornets pulled to within 52-42 with 13:25 left, but the Huskers responded with a 10-2 spurt over the next two minutes, pushing the lead to 18, at 62-44, after a pair of Isaiah Roby free throws with 10:43 left.

While Watson controlled the first, Webster scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to pace the Husker attack, which shot 57 percent in the second half and led by as many as 26 points before cruising to a 22-point margin.

Nick Hornsby led the Hornets with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Strings added 12 points for the visitors.

Nebraska hosts the University of Mary on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and a limited number of 300 Level tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The game will be carried on BTN Plus and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.