Watson Scores 26, Nebraska Beats Long Beach State 85-80

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Glynn Watson Jr. scored 26 points and Nebraska hung on after nearly blowing a 22-point lead to beat Long Beach State 85-80 Sunday in the fifth-place game at the Advocare Invitational.

Isaac Copeland and Evan Taylor had 3-point plays during a second-half opening run that put Nebraska ahead 62-40.

Long Beach State responded with a run of its own and got with 76-59 with five minutes to play. The 49ers made it 83-80 on Jordan Griffin’s 3 with three seconds remaining.

Anton Gill added 16 points for Nebraska (5-2) and Copeland finished with 13 points. Watson had 16 points in the first half as the Cornhuskers led by nine.

Long Beach State (3-4) got 22 points from Gabe Levin and Deishuan Booker added 15.


Long Beach State: Levin has scored in double-digits in six of seven games. He averaged 16 points over the three games at the invitational.

Nebraska: Sophomore forward Isaiah Roby, who entered averaging 7.8 points and 19.8 minutes off the bench, landed awkwardly on his left leg midway through the first half and needed assistance off the court. He watched the final 18 minutes of the game from the end of the bench with his ankle area taped.


Long Beach State: Plays Wednesday night at Arizona.

Nebraska: Hosts Boston College Wednesday night as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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