Practice effort carries over to game

The Huskers were all smiles on Wednesday night when they left the floor, but their was a little relief as well.

Recap: Huskers 70, Hoosiers 69

Lincoln, NE - After a win against Penn State last week, the Huskers looked relieved to get their first victory in the Big Ten Conference.

After a 70-69 win Wednesday night against No. 11 %%MATCH_4%%, the Huskers allowed themselves to be excited.

But the dancing on the floor by the players after the contest didn't fool anyone. Their second win in the Big Ten is still just as big of a relief.

"The ball just finally went into the basketball," said senior guard Toney McCray, who hit back-to-back three pointers in the second half to energize an 8-0 run. "We didn't do anything that we don't do in practice every day normally. The only difference is the ball went in this game."

While Nebraska managed to score 36 points in the second half - one of the better halves statically in the Big Ten – it was the Huskers defense after the break that allowed the 13-point comeback. Nebraska (10-8, 2-5 Big Ten) limited Indiana to just 28 points in the second half and only 40 percent shooting, after the Hoosiers shot a blistering 61.5 percent in the first.

Indiana came into the game averaging 80 points a contest, but was limited to 11 points under their average and forced into 10 turnovers in the second half.

"Coach made a really good adjustment and said we were going to change up as the game went on," said McCray when asked the Huskers second half defensive efforts. "It worked obviously…we capitalized on turnovers, which we seemed like we didn't do last game. It helped us win."

As students rushed the court and many players started to celebrate, McCray was seen heading to the locker room.

"I remember last year when we beat %%MATCH_5%% and they stormed the court. I remember I was out there and someone cut my lip," said a smiling McCray. "That was the first thing that I thought about which made me get to the side, shake their hands, and get the heck out of there.

"I'm trying to act like we have done it before."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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