Full Recap: Huskers win 64-61 on road in double-OT
"As I told the team, to be the second game of the season, to win a ball game like that on the road, having to make some free throws, if you lose them you lose, all those things will come back into play maybe later in the year to help you win ball games," said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler after the game.
It hasn't taken long for Bo Spencer to show Nebraska fans they haven't seen a guard like him in the Doc Sadler era. He can penetrate, he can dish, and he can create his own shot off the dribble – he's the guard that every coach wants. At the end of the game, they will put the ball in his hands and tell him to make some magic.
With 22 points and seven rebounds, Spencer put the Huskers on his back at times during Monday night's win. His three point field goal in the first overtime probably shouldn't have gone in, he probably took some bad shots at times (7-16), he committed four turnovers – but it's only the second game of the season. I for can't wait until he's in mid-season form, remember he hasn't played for a while.
Brandon Richardson only had 12 points, but what an impressive 12 points it was, going 4-5 from three point land.
A native of Los Angles, California, his biggest three-pointer came at the 2:21 mark in the second overtime, it put Nebraska up five.
"The game felt good, I was in rhythm, feeling confident, and knocking down shots," said Richardson. "What better way to do it here, than in my home town."
Clutch free throws down the stretch
With the USC student section behind their basket in the second half, Nebraska made clutch free throws at the end of the second half, the first overtime, and the second overtime – that really ended up being the difference in the ball game.
It started off with Toney McCray making two from the charity stripe with :59 seconds left to tie the game at 49 a piece.
Then in overtime, McCray knocked down two more with just three seconds left, after being fouled as he drove to the hoop to tie the game once again.
In double overtime, it wasn't to tie the game, but to extend the lead. Bo Spencer knocked down a pair with eight seconds left that pushed Nebraska's lead to three, forcing the Trojans to shoot from long distance.
As a team Nebraska shot 17-of-23 from the line, for a nice 73.9%. Compare that to USC's 12-of-22 for just over 54%. Little things are important and tonight free throws were a difference in the game.