LINCOLN, Neb. -- Andre Almeida scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds in his first game as a Husker to lead Nebraska to a 76-68 win over South Dakota Friday in the season opener.
Nebraska outscored South Dakota 15-5 to open the second half, going up 51-36 on Almeida's spinning layup with 14:18 remaining. The Coyotes were able to cut the margin to 10 on Charlie Westbrook's 3-pointer that made the score 58-48 with 9:26 left.
Brandon Ubel and Standhardinger added 10 points each for Nebraska. Westbrook had 22 to lead South Dakota.
Almeida, a 6-11, 310 pound junior, transferred to Nebraska this season from Arizona Western College.
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.