Huskers Hold off Tigers in 79-73 Win
Lincoln, Neb. -- Alonzo Verge Jr. posted his second career double-double (18 points, 10 assists), while Nebraska also got a career-high 16 points from Derrick Walker in the Huskers 79-73 win over Tennessee State Tuesday night.
Bryce McGowens and Verge each finished with 18 points while Walker added 16 and C.J. Wilcher finished with 15 points. Verge's 10 assists marked a career-high for the senior and the first time a Husker has earned a double-double with points and assists since Dalano Banton did against Doane on Dec. 17, 2020 (13 points, 10 assists).
The Huskers shot 52.8 percent (28-for-53) from the field, including 54 percent in the second half, while holding the Tigers to just 41.3 percent (26-for-63).
Tennessee State was led by Dedric Boyd, who finished with 23 points going 8-for-15 from the field. The Tigers tallied 39 points off the bench.
Nebraska took control early on, jumping out to a 13-3 lead in the first five minutes, holding Tennessee State to 1-of-6 shooting in that stretch. The Tigers went on a 9-0 run to take a 17-14 lead after eight minutes of play. Both teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half, but Dedric Boyd sank a three pointer at the end of the first half to put the Tigers up 41-38 going into the break.
Derrick Walker led NU in the first half with nine points shooting 4-for-4 from the field. He also added four rebounds and one block. The Huskers went 15-for-29 (51.7 percent) while holding Tennessee State to 13-for-32 (40.6 percent). Boyd led the Tigers shooting 5-for-8 adding 16 points and one rebound.
There were a total of 10 lead changes in the game, showcasing a close second half. Nebraska had their biggest lead of the half with 3:55 to go, leading 70-61. Tennessee State was able to come within five with 40 seconds to go in the second half, but it was not enough for the Tigers to get the win.
McGowens and Walker each had six rebounds on the night, while Berge and Mayen added five. Emmanuel Dowuona led the Tigers with 11 rebounds.
The Huskers will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be streamed on BTN+ and on the Huskers Radio Network.