Lincoln - Ray Gallegos had eight of his season-high 20 points in a decisive 19-2 spurt, as Nebraska improved to 6-1 on the season with an impressive 63-51 win over USC Monday night at the Devaney Center.
Gallegos, who posted his second straight 20-point night, electrified a season-high crowd of 10,045, scoring the Huskers' final eight points of the half, turning a 25-all tie into a 33-25 halftime lead into the break. Gallegos scored Nebraska's final 11 points of the half, including a trio of 3-pointers, to stake the Huskers a lead they would not relinquish.
Nebraska, which improved to 6-1 on the season, took control on the defensive end of the floor after the break, holding USC without a field goal for the first 7:14 of the second half and a span of 10 minutes dating to the final minutes of the first half, as the Huskers built a 17-point lead, at 44-27, after Dylan Talley's 3-pointer with 13:40 left.
The Huskers, whose 6-1 mark matches the best seven-game mark in 20 seasons, eventually pushed the lead to 20 points after Gallegos' career-best fifth 3-pointer of the evening, and cruised to a 12-point win.
Dylan Talley joined Gallegos in double figures with 14 points, while Brandon Ubel had nine points, seven rebound and a season-high four assists for the winners, who held USC (3-3) to 38 percent shooting.
USC trimmed the 20-point lead to 12 on several occasions, but Nebraska hit the shots they needed to extend the lead. The Trojans, who have dropped their last four meetings to Nebraska, got to within 57-45 with 5:03 left, but Gallegos and Talley would answer back with 3-pointers to push the lead back 63-45 with 3:48 left.
Early on, the it was a game of spurts, as Nebraska used a 7-0 run to take an 9-5 lead after a Ubel bucket, only to see USC reply with nine unanswered points to take a 16-14 lead after a James Blasczyk basket. Trailing 18-14, a David Rivers' 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 run, as the Huskers took a 22-18 lead after a Brandon Ubel basket.
J.T. Terrell led three Trojans in double figures with 14 points, while Bryon Wesley and Jio Fontan added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
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