Huskers cruise past Midland
Lincoln Â Nebraska relied on a balanced attack in topping Midland University, 68-40 in an exhibition game Wednesday evening.
Senior Dylan Talley was the only Husker to finish in double figures, totaling 10 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action, but six players had at least eight points and 11 of the 12 Huskers who saw action broke into the scoring column.
"You are always grateful to win," first year head coach Tim Miles said. "It's my first game on the job, and I get booed out of the gym for not getting Runzas for everybody.(all fans would have received free Runza's if Nebraska had scored 70 points).
"I thought defensively we were okay, and we should've been okay. We had to make some adjustments and that's always good when you have to get your guys to make adjustments and not just do base stuff that we talked about in practice," Miles added. "I thought that was really good for us. Defensively, I thought we were okay. We didn't clean up and rebound. I don't know that we had much of a rebounding advantage, but 12 or 11 offensive rebounds is not very good. I think a lot of those were in the first half. I was not very happy with that. I think when you don't finish possessions, you give the team hope. I'll try and avoid the offense question. We just have to figure out where our scoring is coming from. We've got to get Brandon (Ubel) going. I'd like to free play and get more direction than that. We need to get Dylan (Talley) some clear looks. We need to get Brandon some good looks, and tonight he did get in foul trouble, but at the same time, we need to get him minutes in there. He didn't stand out the way we wanted him to."
Wednesday's game saw the return to action of senior Andre Almeida, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, as he finished with nine points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks, while David Rivers came off the bench to add nine points and five rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Brandon Ubel, Sergej Vucetic and Ray Gallegos, who redshirted last season, all added eight points apiece for Nebraska.
Former Western Nebraska Cougar and Alliance native Mike Peltz, who is walking on for the Huskers this season, played 18 minutes scoring three points and pulling down three rebounds. He also had two steals.
After an up-and-down first 15 minutes, the Huskers asserted themselves down the stretch, using a 16-2 run in the final five minutes to build a 30-18 in the locker room. Nebraska trailed, 15-14, after a Dylan Travis 3-pointer, but responded with some nice shooting from long distance, as 3-pointers from Talley, Rivers and Gallegos highlighted the run for the Big Red. Nebraska went 5-of-13 from long range in the opening 20 minutes.
Nebraska had a seven-point lead at 38-31 with 14:48 remaining before taking control of the game with a 17-2 spurt. Baskets by Gallegos and Deverell Biggs and a dunk by Rivers got the run started, as the Huskers held Midland without a field goal for a stretch of 6:57 and took a 55-33 lead after a 3-pointer from Trevor Menke.
James Parrott led Midland with a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Nebraska held Midland to just 28.3 percent shooting on the night and forced 24 turnovers in tuning up for Sunday's season opener against Southern, slated for 6 p.m.
Tickets for Sunday's season opener start at $5 and can purchased at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED, while Sunday's ticket also provides free admission to the Husker women's game against Temple, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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