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WEBER GETS HUSKED IN NEBRASKA

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After two games, the Nebraska basketball team is beginning to gel.

That was the opinion of both players and coach Danny Nee after the Huskers downed Weber State 83-66 in their home opener Tuesday night."It's coming together well. I think we're more of a team than they were last year," said freshman guard Cookie Belcher, referring to the Huskers' troubled 1995-96 season, which saw a player walkout and a nine-game losing streak before the team righted itself to win the NIT Championship.

Nee also was happy with his team's development after a season-opening 83-81 overtime loss at Texas Saturday. "We're progressing slowly. The Texas game was a tough game for us and Weber State is a tenacious team that didn't quit. We're coming along slow, but we're coming," Nee said.

Senior forward Bernard Garner, who led Nebraska with a career high 22 points, gave the Huskers a passing grade for their work against the Wildcats.

"We knew we could have beat Texas. We had to improve on some things - turnovers and coming out and playing right away. We just had to come out and play basketball," Garner said.

"We performed well I think. We didn't have 30 turnovers like we did at Texas. We crashed the board. We got the ball inside. We played team basketball."

Nebraska (1-1) hit its first five shots to go up 11-3 with just two minutes gone in the first half. Weber State (1-1) came back to cut the margin to two at 17-15 on Damien Baskerville's layup with 13:23 remaining in the period.

The Huskers then responded with a 10-0 run to go up 27-15 with 10:37 remaining as center Mikki Moore slammed home a pass from Tyronn Lue. Weber State never got closer than five points in the rest of the period and trailed 46-32 at halftime.

Nebraska couldn't shake the Wildcats in the second period, but the Huskers' lead never dipped below double digits as Nebraska made 21 of 28 free throws in the second half to seal the win.

Weber State Coach Ron Abegglen said his team had difficulty containing the ultraquick Lue, who dished out eight assists and scored 16 points.

"He is dynamite. He took the ball anywhere he wanted to. He controlled the game," Abegglen said of Lue. "Then we did not guard the ball well when we played zone. And we have three guys hurt. You get us healthy and we will do okay shooting the ball."

Lue and Larry Florence added 16 points each for Nebraska while Cookie Belcher had 14. Ryan Cuff led Weber State with 15 points. Baskerville had 13 and Ryan Jama finished with 10.