LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)Haanif Cheatham scored 17 points and Nebraska opened up an 18-point, first-half lead and went on to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73-52 on Sunday.
Nebraska (6-7), up by 13 at intermission, saw Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-9) cut the lead to 10 at 38-28 early in the second period. But the Islanders were able to get no closer while Nebraska gradually stretched the lead, going up 20 on Jervay Green’s slam dunk and, six seconds later, layup that made it 57-37. Nebraska’s largest lead was 24.
Nebraska built its first half lead by holding the Islanders to just one field goal in a nearly 11-minute stretch that saw an 8-all tie turn into a 30-12 advantage after Cheatham’s free throws with 4:25 left in the period. The Islanders used a 9-4 spurt to cut the halftime margin to 34-21.
Nebraska won the game at the free throw line where the Huskers were 20 of 28 while the Islanders were 5 of 13.
Yvan Ouedraogo had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Nebraska and Cam Mack and Matje Kavas finished with 10 points.
Jordan Hairston had 19 points for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Irshaad Hunte had 11 points. Myles Smith, the Islanders leading scorer, injured his ankle in the first half, played just 14 minutes and did not score.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has lost four straight, all on the road. The previous three losses were by three, six and four points.
Nebraska continued to struggle from 3-point range. The Huskers entered the game hitting just 34% of its 3 pointers. Nebraska made just 1-of-12 3s in the first half before going 6 for 13 in the second half to finish at 28%.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hosts Division II-member Northeastern State Thursday.
Nebraska hosts Rutgers Friday.
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