----------------------------- 1 2 total Clemson 27 33 60 NEBRASKA 31 27 58 -----------------------------
With 2.8 seconds left, the Huskers had the ball at midcourt and got the ball to Webster, who drive to the foul line, but the ball rolled off allowing the Tigers to escape with a 2-point victory.
Webster, who finished with 12 points and four rebounds, was one of four Huskers (4-3) to finish in double figures, as sophomore Glynn Watson Jr., led all scorers with 20 points, four assists and four steals. NU also got solid play from its posts, as Ed Morrow Jr. finished with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Michael Jacobson set season bests in both points (11) and rebounds (seven).
Nebraska trailed 58-54 with 3:16 remaining before a Webster free throw and a 3-pointer by Watson with 1:38 knotted the score at 58. On its next possession, Clemson regained the lead on a free throw by Donte Grantham with 1:22 left, but Nebraska had a trio of chances to take the lead.
On the ensuing possession, Gill missed a jumper, but the Huskers got a stop on the defensive end to get the ball back. With under 30 seconds left, Watson had his drive blocked by Jaron Blossomgame, but the Huskers kept possession before a traveling call gave Clemson the ball with 6.7 seconds left. NU fouled Avry Holmes, who split the foul shots to make it a two-point game, setting up a Huskers' final shot.
Blossomgame led Clemson (4-2) with 15 points, but was the only Tiger to finish in double figures for the winners.
Clemson took the lead midway through the second half, using a 15-5 spurt to turn a 41-36 deficit until a 51-46 advantage after a Sidy Djitte driving basket. The Huskers would not fold, as a Jacobson putback started a 6-2 Husker run, as NU got to within 53-52 with 5:38 remaining and would remain in striking distance the rest of the way.
Nebraska used a strong defensive first half in taking a 31-27 lead at the break. The Huskers held Clemson to 32 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Tigers, 20-19 in the opening stanza.
The Huskers got 17 points from the starting backcourt of Webster and Watson Jr., and seven points from Michael Jacobson, according for 24 of the Huskers' 31 points.
Nebraska took control with an 8-0 run, keyed by 3-pointers from Jacobson and Webster, to turn an eight-all deadlock into a 16-8 lead. Nebraska was opportunistic on defense, turning 12 Clemson turnovers into 12 Husker points in the first half. Nebraska led 24-15 after an Evan Taylor driving basket with 6:03 remaining in the half and led 31-23 before the Tigers scored the last four points of the half to cut the Huskers' halftime lead to four.
The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the first time in two weeks Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers host South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED during business hours. The game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and available online on BTN Plus.