Nebraska picks up second B1G win, beat Minnesota, 84-59

A 29-4 run in the first half put the Huskers up big and they cruised to a 84-59 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska offense was agressive and senior forward Shavon Shields scored 24 points in his 100 consecutive start, to help Nebraska pick up their second Big Ten win of the season against Minnesota, 84-59. 

After a sluggish first few minutes of the game, Nebraska (10-8, 2-3) went on the attack. A 29-4 run by the Huskers gave them a 47-26 lead at the break. 

Shields led all scorers, while also pulling down six rebounds in 27 minutes. The senior joined former Husker Dave Hoppen as the only players in Nebraska history to record 100 consecutive starts. 


*-Nebraska has won its past two conference games by at least 20 points, the first time that has happened since Jan. 16-30, 1971 (Iowa State and Oklahoma State)

*-Nebraska finished with 84 points, the second consecutive game with 80+ points. It marked the first time that happened for Nebraska since 2002 (at Texas A&M; vs. Kansas)

*-Shavon Shields made his 100th consecutive start, becoming only the second Husker to start 100 straight games. Dave Hoppen, who started all 111 of his games, is the only other Husker to make 100 consecutive starts. Shields is the sixth Husker to start 100 games at Nebraska

*-Shields finished with 2015-16 conference highs in points (24) and rebounds (eight). Shields also went over 1,400 career points tonight and now has 1,405 points and is within 10 points of 11th place on NU’s career scoring list.

*-Glynn Watson Jr. set his career high in steals with four. He had three each in games against Cincinnati and Tennessee.

*-Nebraska’s 47-point first-half was the Huskers’ highest first-half total in conference play since scoring 49 points against Kansas State in 2002.
*-Tai Webster a career high with five assists tonight. He had three other games with at least five assists, the last coming against Arkansas State on Dec. 14, 2013

*-Nebraska shot 50 percent in consecutive conference games for the first time since the 2011-12 season (Illinois; at Purdue)


On how satisfying it was to not have a let down after the Rutgers game

“The key for the game tonight was to string together effort and execution. Lets see how many we can put together. How many possessions we can put together in a row where we play tough and physical and move the ball and share the ball and take good shots. Really after the first 14 minutes of the game, it was kind of an awkward start with the possessions and the jump ball and just everything. It was awkward but after that I thought we were really tough. At one point in the first 14 minutes I know we had four different occasions where we had consecutive stops. Three at a time, then four at a time, then three at a time, then four at a time four, 14 straight stops and we built a lead off of that and that was really critical.”

On Nebraska’s success against the zone tonight

“We’ve got guys that make more shots. They’ve worked at making more shots too. We’ve got guys that really put in the time on that. I thought Shavon (Shields) was terrific tonight. I thought he was on the attack. Here’s a guy that’s starting his 100 consecutive game and as far as I know there’s only one other guy that’s done that, Dave Hoppen, and that’s pretty elite company to be in. He was just really good and you could see that he looked like the best guy on the floor for a really long time.  You got Andrew White III and they’ve got some guys so I was really proud of Shavon (Shields) and I was really proud of Drew (Andrew White III) for not forcing anything. He got one early and then he was just patient and ended up having a strong second-half. He really let the game come to him.”

 On the younger guys figuring out their roles

“I think we’re better that way. We have a clear understanding of scheme and team. Scheme is your job obligation in terms of how to play the right way and I think we’re getting better. We are going to have a really difficult week next week with at Illinois and at Michigan State.”

 On the play of the freshmen

“I thought Michael (Jacobson) was really active on the glass and finished strong. I was very impressed with Michael (Jacobson). Then I thought Ed (Morrow Jr.) came in and played well. I thought Rutgers was his best game and I thought tonight he was as good as that too. He had a couple defensive errors early but after that he bounced back and was really tough. We need those guys. We need that physicality. And those guys are starting to warm to that fight and we need them to. Glynn (Watson Jr.) had eight points, three assists and no turnovers. That’s Glynn and he’s only going to get better and better.”


On how satisfied that win was

“That was really good. I think it was really good for our team. You know, just from a mindset and a morale standpoint, I think that was good to get those two. We have a tough one this weekend at Illinois so we have to be ready and have two good days of prep, Thursday and Friday and go get one on Saturday.”

On if some of the younger guys started to look good and pick up on things
“I think they are more comfortable in their roles now. They finally figured it out, what they need to do to not only help us win but to be successful and that has helped our team and them. It’s been big.”

On anything he’s seen from Ed Morrow Jr.

“Just being aggressive on the offensive boards. I think those get him going offensively and defensively. If he gets an offensive board put back, he just scored and he’s kind of amped up to play defense and I think that has helped him a lot.”

On the mentality of attacking the zone and how it was different this time

“Yeah we did. We did. Everybody made plays in the middle of the zone and instead of waiting and kind of reacting and then trying to go set up something, I think we just took it and went. That was big. Glynn (Watson Jr.) did a good job of it, Tai (Webster) did a good job of it. Just getting it down the floor and just going. Once you kind of beat that pressure the first side, it seems like they’re in rotation which opens up driving lanes and kickouts and stuff, I just felt like everybody was kind of in a rhythm at the start of the game. Getting stops helps them to not be able to set up the zone and that was another big thing for us.”

On the concern of having a let down

“The last two games, we’ve gone into half time up by 20. Previous games we have kind of given away leads and then let teams get back in and make it in the game. That was a big emphasis. Have a good warmup, start strong on defense, because second half defense has been really, really poor this year. I think we did a good job of it, doing what we need to do to keep them out of reach and out of the game.”

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