NU MEDIA RELATIONS:
Lincoln – Nebraska used a 21-1 game-opening run to take control, as the Huskers rolled to a 98-45 victory over Chadron State Monday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers put six players in double figures, as freshman Isaiah Roby paced the Huskers with 16 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jeriah Horne and Evan Taylor added 12 each, while Ed Morrow Jr., Tai Webster and Anton Gill added 10 apiece for the winners, who shot 55 percent, including 63 percent in the second half.
In all, 10 players cracked the scoring column and all 12 players who dressed played, as Nebraska limited Chadron State to 29 percent shooting and enjoyed a 53-29 advantage on the boards.
The 98 points scored were NU’s highest in an exhibition game since 2002, while the Huskers got 57 of its points by their newcomers.
Roby and Jack McVeigh keyed the early spurt with five points each, as Nebraska held Chadron State without a field goal for the first 8:43 of the contest in building as 20-point lead after Mrorow’s layup with 11:36 left in the half. Nebraska led by as many as 32 in the first half and took a 48-21 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers continued the momentum in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 21-2 spurt to build a 68-23 lead with 14:10 remaining.
Jordan Perry led the Eagles with eight points in a losing effort.
Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
On seeing better ball movement in the second half
"Yeah, [that's what we wanted]. I thought we shared the ball better. I thought guys like Tai Webster and Glenn Watson [Jr.] really set the tone to start the second half. It would have been easy to come out and go half speed, but they were able to set the tone, and then we were able to get minutes for guys that needed minutes."
On freshman forward Isaiah Roby:
"Well he can get a lot better. He's got growth in him, so does Jordy Tshimanga. They both did some things. Roby is a kid -- I haven't a freshmen like him, here, that's for sure, probably not at Colorado State either, but he's a next level kind of kid, I think. He just needs to get the right habits and get in the swing of things. You can see he comes down, he's late on the defensive play, he blocks a shot, grabs the ball, dribbles down, dunks it, he can do a lot of things."
On if the offensive pace this game is what he was looking for:
"Just execution in general, but this is a team that can go faster than teams in the past, but you have to execute it right, whether it be a fast break or whatever it might be."
On freshman forward Jeriah Horne:
"A guy like Jeriah Horne can get buckets. He's got a great looking jumper and he's just gotta catch up to the speed of the game and acclimate himself to the system and understanding, but I really like him and any time he shoots it, it's fine with me."
On freshman center Jordy Tshimanga:
"Jordy needs reps. He needs to work on his playing in bounds, work on being a powerful player, not a clumsy player. He needs to learn how to push himself. He and [Isaiah] Roby and Jeriah [Horne] all need to learn how to push themselves hard. Quite frankly, that was the whole goal of the second half, was to get those guys out there, get them fatigued and make them play through fatigue."