The Nebraska men's basketball team built a 24-point halftime lead, then gave nearly all of it back before hanging on for a 73-70 win over Silute BC Thursday in Italy.
The Huskers outscored the Lithuanian club 31-7 in the second quarter to take a 53-29 lead into the break, hitting seven three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
But NU coach Fred Hoiberg has mentioned often the need for his team to learn to deal with adversity, and the Huskers got a taste of that Thursday.
Nebraska didn't score for the first four minutes of the third quarter as BC Silute began climbing back into the game. The Huskers were outscored 41-20 in the second half, with Silute BC pulling withing four points with 47 seconds to play. A Dachon Burke tip-in with 11 seconds to go helped NU hang on.
"I don't think we could have drew it up any better just to witness some type of in-game adversity," NU assistant Matt Abdelmassih to the Husker Sports Radio Network after the game.
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Freshman Samari Curtis scored 13 points, to go with seven rebounds and three steals, for the Huskers while Haanif Cheatham had 12 and Burke 11. NU hit nine total three-pointers, with Matej Kavas making three for his nine points.
Jervay Green scored eight points while Thorir Thorbjarnarson finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
"Overall I think we were absolutely gassed, exhausted (playing) back-to-back nights, which we're going to experience a couple times during the season," Abdelmassih said. "So just to learn from this is going to be key. But ultimately, I felt like our composure was there."
Nebraska will spend the next three days traveling and sightseeing before playing its final game of the trip Monday against Italian Select.