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(Neb)-Huskers Beat South Florida 74-67 For 3rd At Cayman Islands Classic

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/27/2019 11:52 PM
     GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) - Haanif Cheatham scored a career-high 26 points, Dachon Burke Jr. added a career-best 19 and Nebraska got rolling with 61% shooting in the second half for a 74-67 victory over South Florida on Wednesday in the third-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic.

     Nebraska (4-3) shot 55% overall to conclude the tournament with two wins sandwiched around an 85-66 loss to George Mason.

    The game was close throughout as the biggest lead for each team was 8 points.  South Florida had a 35-33 edge at halftime and stretched it to 7 with 12:39 left, but the Huskers responded with a 17-2 run behind 10 points from Cheatham and 5 by Burke as Nebraska built its largest lead, 63-55 with 6:42 left.

     The Bulls pulled to with 63-62 with four minutes remaining, but Burke answered with consecutive 3-pointers between a Justin Brown free throw to push the lead back to 69-63 with about two minutes left as the Cornhuskers pulled away.

     Burke had 19 points that included three 3-pointers while 15 of Cheatham's points came after the break. Each finished 8-of-11 shooting, with Cheatham also making 9 of 11 free throws.

     David Collins scored 16 points and Laquincy Rideau added 15 for South Florida (3-4), which shot 38.6% overall. Six made at least one 3-pointer, but they finished 8-of-27 (29.6%) shooting from long range. Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and had eight points for the Bulls.

     Cheatham and Rideau were each named to the all-tournament team.


     It was only the third game between the teams and the first at a neutral site. Each team won previously at home: The Bulls 65-60 in 2002, and Nebraska 79-52 in 2003.

     UP NEXT

     South Florida: Hosts Furman on Monday.
     Nebraska: At Georgia Tech on Wednesday.


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