Ray Gallegos and Andre Almeida posted career nights, as Nebraska picked up its largest road win since 2003 with a 79-63 win over Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday evening.
Gallegos and Almeida had 20 points, as Nebraska scored on 16 of 19 possessions to start the half and built a 24-point second-half lead before cruising to a 16-point win.
Gallegos hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including a career-high matching four 3-pointers, while Almeida posed his first career double, hitting 9-of-10 shots from the floor and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.
Nebraska’s 16-point win was its largest margin of victory on the road since a 77-60 win at Minnesota on Dec. 29, 2003, as the Huskers improved to 5-1. The win was NU’s first-ever ACC/Big Ten Challenge win and marked Wake Forest’s first home loss in seven games in the 14-year series.
Wake Forest was within 42-37 after an Arnaud Adala Moto basket, before Gallegos caught fire early in the second half as Nebraska went on a 20-2 surge. The junior, who was 1-for-5 in the first half, scored five straight points in a 7-0 run as Nebraska lead 49-37 after a Dylan Talley basket. Talley and Gallegos combined for all 20 points, as Nebraska took a 62-40 lead with 8:05 left.
Talley finished with 14 points, eight rebound and three assists, while Brandon Ubel was the fourth Husker in double figures with 11 points before fouling out. Nebraska hit 62.1 percent in the second half and went 17-of-24 from the foul line to earn the win.
Madison Jones led Wake Forest (3-3) with 14 points, as NU held Travis McKie and C.J. Harris to a combined 10 points.
The Huskers played solid basketball in the opening 30 minutes, holding Wake Forest to 32 percent shooting in the first half taking a 28-24 lead into the locker room. The Huskers got off to a good start, using an early 8-0 run to build a six-point lead and led 14-6 before Wake began to battle back. Chase Fischer hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 10-2 spurt to pull the teams even at 16-all, as he had eight first-half points for the hosts. Trailing 22-18, the Huskers closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a four-point lead into the locker room.
Gallegos got the run started with a 3-pointer before Almeida’s layup and a jumper from David Rivers capped a run of seven straight points for Nebraska. Rivers came back with an offensive putback to extend the lead to four points.
The Huskers will be off until they host USC at the Devaney Center Monday night. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 800-8-BIGRED.