LINCOLN, Neb. – When you are a school like Nebraska and schedule five games in ten days, you better have an easy game or two on the schedule.
Sunday night’s matchup with Southeastern Louisiana was an easy one.
Behind 11 different players recording a point, Nebraska (3-1) won 92-65 over the Lions in front of 10,000 plus in Lincoln. The Huskers were led in scoring by freshman guard Glynn Watson’s 14 points. The Illinois native also had four rebounds and three assists.
“I had two different assistants come up to me and say, ‘they’re going through warmups like gangbusters, our guys are fine but they’re really quiet.'" said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. "So I said to them (team) in a really matter of fact way, ‘this is what the experts say, I hope you are ready.’ And they were, I thought they jumped out and played right. They played the game the right way too, they shared it."
A lay-up by freshman Ed Morrow put the Huskers up 18-2 not even six minutes into the contest. The Huskers would take a 37-point lead into the break.
“It’s a tough situation to be in for both teams, but credit Southeast Louisiana for continue to press, compete, and they didn’t lay down and that’s a mark of where they’re going to be someday, this season," said Miles.
Starting guards Benny Parker and Tai Webster, who had combined for 16 turnovers in the last two games before Sunday night, combined for 23 points, four assists, and nine rebounds – committing only two turnovers.
“Benny, his ball handling has improved if you can see some of the stuff he does in the open court. The way he’ll inside out a guy and then finish maybe with an opposite hand and then his threes- he’s worked very hard to make more threes," said Miles. “Tai and I met yesterday and we talked a bit about setting up the inside game early and he did a good job of attacking and had four easy baskets early and was 5-of-7 in the first half and could have been six or seven of seven.”
In a game where scoring came easy at times, Nebraska had eight different players score eight points or more.
“I think that’s what we’re all trying to figure out, who is the third scorer, what’s going on, is it by committee? Is it four guys that get eight or ten points or is there a bonafide third scorer," said Miles. "I’m not sure we’re ready to say there is a bonafide third scorer, but they share the ball pretty well, they can make shots and as long as we can. We’ve really got some deficiencies with physicality, we know that, but at the same time if we can make up for it, with really solid, smart play of defense and very good offense we’ve got a chance that way.”
Nebraska snagged 52 rebounds in the contest, the most in teh Tim Miles' era.
The Huskers improved to 3-1 on the season and will face Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Tuesday night.