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December 20, 2016
Horne Lifts Huskers
to 81-76 Win
Watson Jr.
           1   2   total 
Southern  36  40    76 
NEBRASKA  40  42    81 

Lincoln, Neb. — Freshman Jeriah Horne scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, as Nebraska closed non-conference play with an 81-76 win over Southern Tuesday evening.

Horne, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Overland Park, Kan., hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers to pace four Huskers in double figures.

Horne's 3-pointer with 11:01 left broke a 53-all tie and keyed a decisive 8-0 run for the Huskers, who improved to 6-6 on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak. After Southern closed to within 66-63, Horne came through with five points in a 7-2 Husker spurt, including a 3-pointer with 3:49 left to stake the Huskers a 73-65 advantage before his final basket, a jumper with 14.1 seconds remaining to beat the shot clock, gave the Huskers a 79-73 lead.

Southern (4-8) had one final opportunity as a 3-pointer from Emanual Sheperd with 4.1 second left, but Glynn Watson Jr. hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Watson had 13 points for the Huskers, while Anton Gill came off the bench for 10 points and three rebounds, as the Husker reserves accounted for a season-high 38 bench points.

Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Jeriah Horne scored a career-high 18 points on Tuesday.

In the first half, the Huskers got a balanced attack and a strong performance from the bench in taking a 40-36 halftime lead. Nebraska put eight players into the scoring column, including six points apiece from Ed Morrow Jr., Gill and Jordy Tshimanga.

Nebraska trailed 14-11 at the 14:39 mark before the Husker reserves keyed a 14-2 spurt, as the bench scored all 14 of the Huskers point, including six markers from Tshimanaga, who also had five boards in the first half, and a pair of 3-pointers from Gill, the second putting the Huskers up 25-16 with 10:03 left in the half.

The Huskers led 34-25 after an Evan Taylor jumper, but the Jaguars used an 8-2 spurt to pull within 36-33after a 3-pointer from Shawn Prudhomme, who had eight first-half points. The Huskers eventually built a 40-33 lead before Brandon Ganaway banked in a 30-footer to beat the halftime buzzer, as Southern went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the opening half.

Ganaway's 3-pointer sparked the visitors, who used a 12-1 spurt to build a 45-41 lead after a banked in 3-pointer from Tre'Lun Banks with 15:57 left. Banks led four Jaguars in double figures with 16 points.

Nebraska fought right back as a Watson's 3-pointer keyed six unanswered points as the Huskers built a 47-45 lead after a pair of Evan Taylor free throws with 14:34 left, and neither team seized control until NU's run keyed by Horne.

The Huskers will be off until opening Big Ten play at No. 16 Indiana on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network.

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.