Nebraska 91, Utah Valley St. 57
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—John Turek tied a career high with 24 points, scoring 21 in the first half, as Nebraska had an easy 91-57 win over Utah Valley State Tuesday.
Ronnie Price was the game’s top scorer with 26 points for Utah Valley State (10-10) but Nebraska (10-8) overcame his performance, finishing the first half up by 20 points.
Turek made his first six shots from the field and gave the team its first double digit lead at 30-19 on a short jumper with 6:27 left in the first half.
The team cut the lead to nine on a basket by Benjamin Devoe on its next possession. But the Wolverines scored just three more points the rest of the half.
Nebraska scored 14 points during that stretch, closing the half on a 3-point buzzer beater by Marcus Neal Jr. that made the score 44-24.
The Huskers opened the second half by outscoring the Wolverines 16-3 to take a 60-27 lead.
Turek’s 9 of 11 shooting from the floor helped the Huskers hit 60 percent of their shots in the first half. Nebraska, which entered the game hitting just 63 percent of its free throws made 13 of 14 first half attempts and finished 20 of 22 from the line, 91 percent.
Turek last scored 24 points against Fairleigh Dickinson in Nov. 2003.
Joining Turek in double figures for Nebraska were Joe McCray, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Corey Simms with 10.
Devoe and David Heck each added 10 for the Wolverines.
- Nebraska 91, Utah Valley St. 57
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