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Nelson's 24 points lead Gardner-Webb over Nebraska 70-62

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Tyrell Nelson knew what Sunday's 70-62 win over Nebraska means for Gardner-Webb.

''This is huge, this one is huge,'' Nelson said. ''We somewhat struggled in the beginning (of the season) but this win is very big for us, going into the Christmas break and going into conference. It's very, very big for us.''

Nelson scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half to help Gardner-Webb beat Nebraska 70-62 on Sunday.

Nebraska cut it to 62-60 on Tai Webster's free throws with 2:21 left. But Gardner-Webb hit 3 of 4 free-throw attempts down the stretch and David Efianayi hit a game-clinching layup with 29 seconds left.

Efianayi had 11 points for Gardner-Webb (7-5). The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the field, 48 percent in the second half, and made 12 of 17 second-half free throws.

Tai Webster led Nebraska (5-6) with 17 points. Glynn Watson Jr. had 14 points and Ed Morrow Jr. pulled down 15 rebounds.

Nebraska coach Tim Miles was despondent with his team's listless performance in front of 8,144 fans in the usually-packed 14,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena..

''I never dreamt in five years this is where we would be, losing to Gardner-Webb,'' Miles said. ''We're not where we should be. The issue is us. It's us and our mindset.

''It was the smallest crowd I'd ever seen at Pinnacle Bank Arena and we told our guys it was going to be. We had bad weather, you've got a lot of things going on, and we're going to have to create our own energy. We talked about that, and we didn't.''

Nebraska led by as many as seven in the first half, but the cold-shooting Huskers saw that lead cut to just two at intermission. Nebraska hit just 40 percent of its shots for the game, made 15 of 26 free throws and committed 20 turnovers.

The Bulldogs opened up a four-point lead early in the second half, but a 5-0 spurt by Nebraska put the Huskers up 36-35. Gardner-Webb took the lead for good on Nelson's 3-pointer to make it 45-43 with 12:57 left and opened the advantage to seven on Efianayi's free throws five minutes later.

Beating a Big Ten team on the road was critical for Gardner-Webb going forward, said coach Tim Craft.

''I think what it does for our players is it validates some of the things that we've been talking to them as a coaching staff about and how good they can be if they can play in a stance all the time and defend with max effort all the time,'' Craft said. ''It's exciting to see them have success against a team in the Big Ten.''

BIG PICTURE

Gardner-Webb: The Bulldogs traveled from North Carolina to the heartland to wrap up their pre-conference season.

Nebraska: The Huskers have played the toughest schedule in the country, according to the NCAA RPI. Five of Nebraska's first 10 opponents are in the top 50 of the RPI, tying for the national lead.

UP NEXT

Gardner Webb is at Kansas State Tuesday.

Nebraska hosts Southern on Tuesday.

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Key Players
L. Rideau
T. Webster
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
46.9 Field Goal % 46.1
46.4 Three Point % 39.0
49.3 Free Throw % 77.4
+ 2 Liam O'Reilly made layup, assist by Tyrell Nelson 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyrell Nelson 9.0
  Glynn Watson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Ed Morrow 17.0
  Tyrell Nelson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Tyrell Nelson made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Michael Jacobson 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyrell Nelson 17.0
  Anton Gill missed layup 18.0
  Offensive rebound by Anton Gill 20.0
  Michael Jacobson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 70 62
Field Goals 25-56 (44.6%) 22-56 (39.3%)
3-Pointers 5-14 (35.7%) 3-17 (17.6%)
Free Throws 15-25 (60.0%) 15-26 (57.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 45
Offensive 7 17
Defensive 25 28
Team 2 0
Assists 12 13
Steals 14 4
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 12 20
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Gardner-Webb 7-5 284270
home team logo Nebraska 5-6 303262
Team Stats
away team logo Gardner-Webb 7-5 78.9 PPG 38 RPG 14.7 APG
home team logo Nebraska 5-6 71.9 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
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T. Nelson F PPG RPG APG FG%
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T. Webster G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Nelson F 24 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
T. Webster G 17 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
44.6 FG% 39.3
35.7 3PT FG% 17.6
60.0 FT% 57.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Nelson 24 9 2 10/17 1/1 3/7 2 36 2 1 3 2 7
L. Rideau 7 5 5 2/5 0/0 3/8 4 28 6 0 4 1 4
L. O'Reilly 7 3 0 3/7 1/5 0/0 1 35 1 0 0 0 3
L. Niangane 6 4 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 4 8 0 0 1 3 1
J. Robateau 3 2 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Nelson 24 9 2 10/17 1/1 3/7 2 36 2 1 3 2 7
L. Rideau 7 5 5 2/5 0/0 3/8 4 28 6 0 4 1 4
L. O'Reilly 7 3 0 3/7 1/5 0/0 1 35 1 0 0 0 3
L. Niangane 6 4 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 4 8 0 0 1 3 1
J. Robateau 3 2 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Efianayi 11 3 2 3/12 0/0 5/6 3 21 1 0 2 0 3
D. Laster 5 1 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 1
B. Miller 4 0 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 3 14 0 1 1 0 0
C. Turner 3 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 2 12 3 0 0 0 1
P. Zeck 0 4 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 1 3
E. Jamison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jenkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rodden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 32 12 25/56 5/14 15/25 24 200 14 2 12 7 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Webster 17 5 4 6/14 1/3 4/6 1 37 0 0 7 1 4
E. Morrow 9 18 1 2/5 0/0 5/9 4 28 1 4 2 7 11
M. Jacobson 5 7 2 2/7 0/1 1/5 4 22 0 2 4 3 4
E. Taylor 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 1 0
A. Gill 2 3 0 1/7 0/3 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Webster 17 5 4 6/14 1/3 4/6 1 37 0 0 7 1 4
E. Morrow 9 18 1 2/5 0/0 5/9 4 28 1 4 2 7 11
M. Jacobson 5 7 2 2/7 0/1 1/5 4 22 0 2 4 3 4
E. Taylor 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 1 0
A. Gill 2 3 0 1/7 0/3 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Watson Jr. 14 2 3 5/10 1/3 3/4 3 32 0 0 1 0 2
I. Roby 6 4 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 3 1
J. McVeigh 3 3 2 1/6 1/6 0/0 1 22 3 0 1 0 3
J. Tshimanga 2 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 8 0 0 1 1 0
J. Horne 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
N. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Laws - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Shultis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Elradi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 45 13 22/56 3/17 15/26 21 200 4 6 20 17 28