NCAAB: Nebraska pulls away in second half to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Juwan Gary scored 17 points and Nebraska used a 24-5 run over a 10-minute stretch of the second half to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff 82-58 in a nonconference game on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.
Gary, a transfer from Alabama, had his most points with the Cornhuskers (3-1) and the most since tying his career high with 19 at Florida in January. He was one of four Nebraska players in double figures, with CJ Wilcher going for 15, Blaise Keita adding 14 and Wilhelm Breidenbach putting up a career-high 10.
Nebraska shot 53.7 percent and converted 18 Arkansas-Pine Bluff turnovers into 25 points.
Pine Bluff (1-6) led 39-36 at the half thanks to a 3 by Shaun Doss Jr. at the buzzer. The Golden Lions were 8 of 12 from outside in the first half, and a ninth trey by Chris Greene to open the second half was part of a 5-0 start to build a 44-36 advantage.
Nebraska followed with a 16-3 run to lead 52-47 with 12:15 remaining, and another 8-0 burst put the Cornhuskers up 60-49 with 8:54 to go.
The Golden Lions were just 3 of 12 from outside in the second half and shot 40.7 percent overall for the game. They were led by freshman Zach Reinhart, who scored 17 with four 3-pointers after registering 15 total points in Pine Bluff’s first six contests.
Nebraska built a 12-point lead in the first eight minutes but Pine Bluff used a 13-3 run to tie it at 30 on a 3-pointer by Reinhart with 4:02 left in the half.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is home next to face NAIA school Crowley’s Ridge on Tuesday, while Nebraska heads to Kissimmee, Fla. to face Oklahoma in the opening round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday.
–Field Level Media