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Nebraska men's basketball nearly suffered another disaster Tuesday.

The Huskers (4-2) gave up 10 three-pointers in the first half and never could take control of the game until late, holding on to beat Tennessee tate (1-4) 79-73.

The Tigers hit a season-high 13 threes but made just 3 of 14 after halftime. That was in part due to Nebraska extending its defense and allowing TSU more drives to the rim.

Nebraska made 7 of 8 free throws over the final 1:10, with Bryce McGowens making five of them as part of a team-high 18 points.

Alonzo Verge Jr. also added 18 points, pitching in 10 assists for his second double-double of the season. The 10 assists are a collegiate career high, dating back to his time at Arizona State.

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Derrick Walker scored 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting. CJ Wilcher was the only other Husker in double figures, scoring 15 points and making a team-high three 3s.

The Huskers shot 52.8 percent from the floor but made a paltry 6-of-25 threes. At the line, Nebraska converted 17 of 27 attempts.

A positive assists-to-turnover ratio was a key in getting good shots. The Huskers notched 18 assists to just 10 turnovers.

Nebraska stays home Saturday to host South Dakota (4-1). The Coyotes beat Tennessee State 83-66 Sunday.