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November 19, 2016
Webster, McVeigh Lead
Huskers Past Louisiana Tech
Morrow Jr.
                 1   2   total 
Louisiana Tech  26  28    54 
NEBRASKA        32  33    65 

Lincoln, Neb. — Behind career nights from Tai Webster and Jack McVeigh and a strong defensive effort, Nebraska remained unbeaten with a 65-54 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday evening.

Webster led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, including 17 in the first half, while McVeigh scored 16 of his career-high 21 points after halftime.

McVeigh keyed a 10-2 second-half surge with a pair of 3-pointers, turning a three-point Husker lead into a 52-41 advantage with just under 10 minutes remaining, as the sophomore went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Nebraska held Louisiana Tech to 37 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers to move to 3-0 on the season. While the Huskers shot just 37 percent, they were opportunistic by getting to the foul line 24 times and going 21-of-24 from the stripe. Webster went 11-of-12 from the line, while McVeigh went 5-of-6 from the stripe.

Photo Courtesy Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications
Tai Webster scored a career-high 23 points to lead Nebraska past Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Nebraska, which never trailed in its first two games, was down 15-11 before taking the lead for good on a 9-0 run keyed by Webster and sophomore Ed Morrow Jr. The duo combined for nine straight Husker points as the hosts took a 20-15 lead after a pair of Webster free throws at the 6:02 mark of the first half.

Nebraska eventually led by as many as eight in the opening stanza before taking a 32-26 lead into the locker room after holding Louisiana Tech to 36 percent shooting and forcing 10 first-half turnovers.

Louisiana Tech (1-2) chipped away, pulling to within 60-54 after Erik McCree's basket with 57 seconds left, but would get no closer, as Nebraska went 5-of-6 from the line in the final minute to hold on.

McCree led the Bulldogs with 16 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort, as no other Louisiana Tech player finished in double figures.

The Huskers will now travel to California for the 2016 Wooden Legacy. NU will play Dayton on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU and the game will also be carried on the Husker Sports Network.

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.