It was the point of complacency.
It was the point where the Huskers (5-2) settled for quick shots, lost a couple guys in transition, and failed to defend the pick roll. It was the point where a ten point lead quickly turned to a 28-27 score at halftime.
“I took a quick shot and I think somebody else did and that let them back into it,” said Nebraska guard Terran Petteway, who scored a game high 21-points. “I think I took a quick shot then they came down and hit a three. We took another one then they came back and hit another three. That’s when they went on that 10-0 run to tie it at 24.”
The second half story…Creighton’s 48 percent shooting from the field. It was the reason a large portion of Nebraska’s fan base left Pinnacle Bank Arena with a minute in the game – the first time Nebrasketball fans have left early at Pinnacle. They weren’t going to stick around to see the final score, 65-55 BlueJays.
“Urgency. We didn’t have enough urgency in the second half,” said Petteway. “The first half, they hit a couple, but we were still playing with the urgency that we needed. The second half, they got on that run and it kind of went away.”
It wasn’t just urgency. It was poor shooting. Petteway’s 21-points came off of 8-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-11 from three-point land. - he has to be better.
“Well we usually try to take him out and get self-corrected as quickly as we can,” said Miles. “To me, when he settles for the threes, sometimes he’s not good enough for us. When he doesn’t get to the foul line, good things don’t happen.”
Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford, who has struggled most of the season, just 1-for-9 from the field – he has to be a lot better.
“You know, I thought Walt was getting better,” said head coach Tim Miles. “I really did. But tonight he just wasn’t getting there. If I knew that answer, I would have solved it two and a half weeks ago. He was great all the way through preseason practice and through our scrimmage. And then our first exhibition game he struggled. I thought we had him back because he played two pretty decent games, but then again tonight he struggled. He defense isn’t as good when his offense isn’t there. That has to be firmed up.”
* Nebraska should expect teams to work the pick-and-roll going forward after they struggled to defend Creighton’s tonight. The Huskers gave up way too many open look three-pointers in the second half.
* Forward Shavon Shields, who’s been so good this year, was limited to just 7-points on 3-of-10 shooting. Creighton decided to spend most of their defensive attention on him. "I think Pettaway was taking 20 shots no matter what we did,” said McDermott. “Shields is obviously a little more choosey and efficient sometimes with his shot selection. So we just didn't want to give him rhythm, we wanted to plug up those lanes especially when he was going to that right hand where he is so good.” His comment is an obvious concern for Miles going forward.