McGowens powers Huskers past Southern in 82-59 victory

Nebraska came in as the favorites for the 17-point win over the South on Sunday, and the Huskers took action with a 82-59 victory at the Pinnacle Bank Arena that wasn’t close for most of the game.

Bryce McGuins He led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds in his double-double career, while NU went 24-30 off the free-throw line and outplayed the Jaguars 46-20 in the paint.

The Mummy overcame a slow start to score a season-high of 82 points, shooting 52.9 percent from the field. They also assisted with 18 of his 27 shots.

It wasn’t a perfect effort, but the mummies still put together straight wins for only the fourth time in a row. Fred Hojberg Era and the first time since February 27-March. 1 from last season.

Freshman Bryce McGowens scored his first double of his career to lead Nebraska to a 82-59 win over Southern on Sunday. (USA today)

Shooting was a problem on both ends of the floor to start the game, as Nebraska missed their first 11 attempts from a 3-point range while the Southerner went over eight minutes without a point in the first half.

The Huskers finally settled down and got things going, and McGowens raised them by scoring 13 of their 18 first-half points and carrying 24-12 points in the paint and a 12-1 advantage on free throws.

Nebraska kept the game in control for the rest of the way, leading by 28 and not letting Jaguar close to 12 after halftime.

Derek Walker He finished his career with 15 points in a 7 of 8 shot, as the Huskers outscored the South 38-30 and scored 23 points from Jag’s 16 turns.

Alonzo Verg Jr. He scored 14 points, six plates, and four assists, while Casey Tominaga He had 11 points with two 3 throws off the bench. Nebraska shot 4 of 23 from behind the arc.

The Mummy will gear up one day before returning to action against Tennessee State Tuesday night for the 8 p.m. CT tip on BTN+.

1. Learning edge

After making his stellar debut in the Show Games, the Verge quickly fell from the good graces of some Nebraska fans when he stopped being a middleman and reverted to a goalscorer mentality.

Instead of drive and creativity to his teammates, the Arizona State senior move would dribble too much and often settle for lower percentage shots. As the primary ball wizard, this took out nearly all of the flow from a NU’s attack.

To his credit, however, Verge has been much better at making his decision over the past two games. The main reason behind this was that he took a look in the mirror and realized that the transformation of the season began with him.

“Me,” Verg said when asked about the lack of ball movement earlier in the season. “It starts with me. I’m the general; I’m the base guard, so it starts with getting my teammates involved…

“It was just a struggle for the first few real matches. I struggled with that and now slowly but surely getting back into my groove and seeing my mates and getting open shots and easier buckets.”

After taking 51 shots in the first 88 minutes of play in the first three games, Verge has settled down a bit in the last two games. He averaged 12.5 shooting points at 60 percent in wins over Idaho State and the South while posting a 1.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Hoiberg said Southern played the same defensive switching style that NU experienced in their opening loss to Western Illinois.

Verge was 9 of 20 from the field in 35 minutes against the Leathnecks, and Nebraska had only six passes in 23 shots.

On Sunday, he shot 4 for 5 and helped the Mummies make 18 out of 27.

2. Bryce gets better very quickly

It was a tough day for McGuins, who wasted all four of his throws in the win.

But instead of letting those missteps frustrate him or even deter his self-confidence, the new student finds other ways to take control of the game.

McGuinz scored 10 of his 18-highest game points on the free throw line, going a perfect 10 of 10 off the bar while bragging about a top/minus 24 team in 31 minutes of his work.

His willingness to create chances rather than settle for hard shots was one of the most pleasing signs of his rapid development through Hojberg’s first five games.

Hoiberg added that he felt the McGuins’ best game of the season was Friday night’s win over Idaho State, scoring just six points on a 3-of-6 shot but adding seven rebounds, three assists, stealing and blocking.

“He keeps growing and becoming confident in ways other than just scoring the ball,” Hoiberg said. “I thought his attack was great to get to the edge, hit the line 10 times…doing speeds, rebounding – to get 11 rebounds – it’s all very important in his growth process.”

3. Edwards is still a rookie player, but his production isn’t there

when Trey McGuins Coming down with a broken foot in the loss to Creighton, Hoiberg surprised many by going with a new student Keon Edwards As a new addition to the Nebraska starting lineup.

Edwards didn’t bring much to the table in his debut against Idaho State, scoring just two points in one shot with a foul in just 15 minutes.

Sunday was no better for the Houston, Texas player, as he went goalless on a 0-of-2 shot with a rebound, foul, and spin within just 10 minutes of action.

NU is minus 9 combined in his 25 minutes as a start. Of the 12 scholarship players who saw the floor against the South, Edwards was the only one who didn’t score a point.

All told, Hoiberg stuck to his decision to keep Edwards in the starting lineup.

“Keown gives us a physical presence there, and he’s going to drop the hits,” Hojberg said. “He did a really good job setting the defensive tone in the matches and helping us win the trophy as well.”

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“You’re not always going to be able to drop kicks, and just being able to get to the free throw line and fouls is great. I think we were in the bonus early, so we made sure to keep attacking and get to the free throw line.”

Student Bryce McGuinness talks about the offensive mentality of Northwest University against the South.

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