The Huskers jumped out to an early lead, 7-4, behind Caleb Walker who had the first 7 points for Nebraska coming from a couple of offensive rebound put-backs, along with a three-pointer in the first 4 minutes. The Huskers stretched the lead to 12 at halftime, 31-19.
Nebraska started slow in the second half, but got a spark from senior Brandon Richardson who completed a four point play at the 16 minute mark. The Huskers coasted the rest of the way, slowly building on the lead that would eventually grow to 17 points.
Caleb Walker led the Huskers with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Dylan Talley was good as well, following up his solid exhibition performance with another nice game. Talley just missed a double-double finishing with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
After the game, Coach Doc Sadler said the Huskers struggled somewhat on offense because of the zone defense that South Dakota played. "That's not something that we play much of… as the game went along I thought we did attack it a little bit better." Sadler was impressed with the play of Walker. "Defensively, I think Caleb is playing as well as anyone." He also liked what he saw from Talley, saying that he is very comfortable on the court. "There is no one on this team right now that is more ready to take a big shot, because it's not going to affect him one way or the other. And that's good."
Nebraska travels to Southern California to play USC on Monday night and will be back at home on Sunday, November 20th when Rhode Island will be in the Devaney Center. Tipoff for that game is set for 1:00 p.m.