LINCOLN, Neb. – During Monday night’s exhibition, Nebraska wing Andrew White didn’t realize the game wouldn’t count against the Huskers’ record.
He knew it meant something on Saturday.
White finished with 18-points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-from-6 from downtown and the Huskers’ blew out Mississippi Valley State, 97-51.
It didn’t take long for White to make an impact. The Kansas transfer knocked down a three-pointer in the first minute of the game.
“The first shot of a half is always tough just because we warm up for so long, we’re working out an hour before the game, then you cool off and starting line ups with all of the hoorah going on,” said White. “I just try to jump up and shoot it regardless of the situation and just be confident in myself. It’s just one shot, it’s not do or die, so I felt pretty good.
White’s four three-pointers were matched by freshman forward Jack McVeigh. In his debut, the true freshman scored 16-points and pulled down four rebounds. The Aussie native was perfect from behind the arc.
“It was fun. I got open shots from Shavon (Shields) and Benny (Paker) and they did a great job of just getting me open,” said McVeigh. “Those went down and just playing in front of the crowd, it was fun.”
Nebraska struggled from deep last season, hitting just 28 percent from long range. The Huskers’ ten three-pointers on Saturday night would have tied a season high last year.
“They can if they want to,” said Miles as far as White and McVeigh promising to hit four three-pointers a game. “As long as Tai (Webster) gets one and Shavon (Shields) gets one and one of those freshmen give me one, too.”
A total of 12 Nebraska players scored in the contest. Starting point guard Benny Parker and guard Johnny Trueblood were the only ones who didn’t register a point.
“We were all excited and looking forward to it,” said McVeigh. “It was pretty laid back. We were all just ready to get started.”
Nebraska has won 15-straight home openers. Their 46-point margin of victory is the biggest in the Tim Miles era.
“I think the game was a shock to a lot of my guys,” said Mississippi Valley State head coach Andre Payne. “Having eleven new players, I’ve been telling them how good this level is. They did an exceptional job of scouting us. They did an exceptional job of getting their players prepared for the things we do. We weren’t ready mentally because they don’t know how good a “Nebraska” can be.”