Behind 35 points from junior Andrew White, who finished 6-of-10 from deep, Nebraska beat Penn State on Saturday night, 70-54. The Huskers improved to 13-12 on the season and 5-7 in Big Ten play, picking up a much needed win without senior captain Shavon Shields, who is still recovering from a concussion suffered against Rutgers last Saturday.
White's points were the biggest story of the game, but Nebraska's defense held the Nittany Lions to just 23 points in the second half.
Junior Guard Andrew White III:
On if it was one of those nights where everything went in
“Yeah, my teammates did a good job of getting me open. My coaches did a really good job of putting me in a position to score points. I had an efficient night from the floor, but that is kind of what I expect to do just from an efficiency standpoint. It was good to get going, but more importantly my coaches just challenged me to have a really big game just because we were in desperation to win, so that is more important. I feel good about the 35 [points] but I feel even better that I could help put my team in a position to win this game, especially since lately a lot of people have made a lot of us being without Shavon, so that is more special to me than the 35 [points].”
On how the coaches challenged him to step up
“Well the past day or two at practice I had just been slow. I hadn’t practiced well and had just been fatigued all week. I have been fighting a little cold and a minor ear infection, so I just have not had the energy that I usually have. That was coming off a bad performance against Wisconsin, so in this situation the coaches tell me that I’m the guy and I have to lead the team now. The coaches were on me just this morning about having to do better based on the performance I had done in practice and going back to the Wisconsin game. They just challenged me to come out and have a big game on both ends of the floor because they knew they were going to need a lot out of me for us to win this game.”
NU MEDIA RELATION GAME NOTES:
*-Andrew White III finished with a career-high 35 points in today’s game. It was his second career 30-point game and topped his previous best of 30 against Abilene Christian on Dec. 5. His 35-point effort ties for 10th in school history.
*-Andrew White III tied the Pinnacle Bank Arena record for points, which was held by Shavon Shields (vs. Omaha in 2014-15) and Terran Petteway (vs. Minnesota in 2013-14). It also equals the most points by a Husker under Tim Miles.
*-White’s six 3-pointers were a career-high (previous high was 5 on two occasions, most recently at Rutgers on Jan. 10) and the most by Husker since Walter Pitchford had six against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 28, 2014
*-Michael Jacobson posted his third double-figure effort in the last four games, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes
*-Nebraska held Penn State to 54 points, which was NU’s best defensive effort in Big Ten play. The previous low was 56 at Rutgers on Jan. 10.
*-Nebraska finished with 11 steals today, marking the fourth time this year the Huskers had at least 10 steals.
*-Jake Hammond gave NU the best performance in conference play in his career with nine points, five rebounds and two assists. Hammond had just five points in his first eight conference appearances this year.
*-The win was NU’s 14th of the season, marking the 19th time in 21 years of coaching that a Miles-coached team tied or exceeded the previous season’s win total.