No Jorge Brian Diaz
Starting Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz did not play against Alcorn St. on Saturday night due to a foot injury. Even without their second-leading scorer, the Huskers dominated the boards. Nebraska's 17 offensive rebounds were a season high and the most since grabbing 19 at Kansas on Jan. 15, 2011. Brandon Ubel started at center and recorded 13 points and eight rebounds. Diaz will not play in Nebraska's Tuesday matchup with Central Michigan.
McCray steps up
By now, it is no secret that Bo Spencer is the key to Nebraska's offense. But what happens when your star player has zero points and zero assists at halftime? You better hope you have a senior like Toney McCray. When the Huskers needed a scorer, McCray stepped up. By halftime, he had 10 points and was shooting 80 percent from the field.
"I thought Toney McCray played about as hard as you could play," said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler. "I was very, very pleased with his effort."
His strong play carried over into the second half, where the Huskers found themselves in a tight battle with the Braves. When a Brandon Ubel layup rimmed out with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the second half, McCray was there to slam it back in—igniting a somber Devaney crowd for the first time of the night. That rest of the team seemed to have fed off that play because the game undoubtedly turned into Nebraska's favor. He finished the night with 20 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, 9-11 shooting from the field, and 100 percent from beyond the arc.
Second time's a charm
After McCray got his team going with the spectacular dunk, Bo Spencer and Caleb Walker found themselves on a 2-on-1 fast break opportunity. Spencer lobbed the ball up to Walker, who narrowly missed the alley-oop.
A few plays later, Spencer and Walker found themselves in the same exact scenario, but this time they executed like they were playing in the NBA All-Star Game. The play sent 5,569 Devaney attendees to their feet.
Beatrice boys see playing time
Some hometown faces saw some playing time due to the injuries of Diaz and Dylan Talley. Trevor Menke, a redshirt freshman out of Beatrice, Neb., made his career debut as he played four minutes in the second half. Mike Fox, a 6-foot-4 junior from Beatrice, finished the night with 11 minutes. "We're playing some guys that played some minutes that they probably aren't ready to play yet," Sadler said. "I thought Trevor did a good job. I wanted guys that were going to do what we asked; play hard, keep the ball in front of him and get the ball inside."