Nebraska 68, Nicholls State 59: Brandon Ubel scored 18 points and the host Cornhuskers held off a late charge by the Colonels.
Ubel took just eight shots and made a career-best 10 free throws for the Cornhuskers (9-4), who were 20-of-33 from the line. Dylan Talley and David Rivers added 12 points apiece for Nebraska, which escaped the upset despite going without a field goal for the final 5:51.
Dantrell Thomas scored 18 points for Nicholls State (1-9). Reserve Amin Torres added 12 points for the Colonels, who dropped their seventh straight game.
Nebraska scored the game's first eight points but had just a 10-5 lead midway through the first half. After the Colonels got within 12-10 on Jeremy Smith's 3-pointer with 9:04 left, they went 5:23 without a field goal and Nebraska reeled off 13 straight points, capped by Talley's 3-pointer with 4:47 left before halftime.
Nebraska's lead was reduced to four points on two occasions in the final 64 seconds, but it sealed the victory by making its final 10 foul shots.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Nebraska has won seven of eight home games but the margin of victory has not been greater than 13 points in any game. ... The Cornhuskers are 7-0 when placing at least three players in double figures. ... Talley is 4-of-20 from the field in his last two games.