Jhivvan Jackson led all scorers with 26 points in 27 minutes off the bench and the Roadrunners connected on 15 3-pointers for the second straight game, but it was not enough to overcome 37 made Nebraska free throws as the Cornhuskers pulled away late to down UTSA 104-94 Wednesday evening at PinnacleBank Arena.
Nebraska (8-5) shot 50 free throws to the Roadrunners' 10. UTSA (7-6) made seven more field goals, but the Huskers also controlled the boards 44-34 and had a four-point advantage in second-chance points.
The Roadrunners closed the game shooting 45 percent (35 of 78), including a season-best 48 percent (15 of 31) from 3-point range. Nebraska made 51 percent (28 of 55) of its field goals and 74 percent (37 of 50) at the line. Both squads scored 32 points in the paint.
Up next, the Roadrunners return to the Convocation Center to open Conference USA play against Rice and North Texas. UTSA hosts Rice on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., while North Texas comes to the Alamo City on Saturday, Dec. 30 for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
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