The Huskers take down the Bears 64-34

The men's basketball team was back in action Monday night as they faced the Bears of Morgan State. The MEAC school from Baltimore figured to be an easy confidence builder for a Husker teams that desperately needed one after the debacle in Birmingham last week. Despite staying within ten points at the half, the Bears didn't disappoint as they struggled to score 12 points in the second half en route to a 30 point pasting.

Nebraska played a very good game as they only trailed once (11-10 in the first half) and really poured it on in the second half. The halftime score of 30-22 was quickly extended at the start of the second half as Joe McCray and Marcus Neal combined to extend the lead to 20 points. Overall, NU played a very good team game as ten different Huskers got in on the scoring action with McCray leading the way with 12 points.

McCray and fellow freshman Aleks Maric both made their first career starts for the Huskers and both were key contributors in the game. Along with his 12 points McCray also grabbed six boards and dished out one assist. Maric led the team in rebounds along with Jason Dourisseau as they both recorded eight. Maric also scored in double figures during his first start with ten points and Dourisseau had 11 with two assists and three steals.

Although the margin might not have been as drastic as expected, Nebraska still won the battle on the glass. NU out-rebounded Morgan State by a count of 44-30. The Bears were lead on the boards by Christopher Grant and Aaron Andrews with six a piece.

A great job was also put in by the defense as the 6'3" senior Sam Brand who was leading MSU this season with 18 points per contest was held in check as he only scored seven points on the night. Shooting close to 40% on the season from three Brand was just one of eight on the night.

Senior forward John Turek came off of the bench for the first time this season and played solid in 21 minutes of action. On the night he chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Also coming off the bench for the first time was senior Corey Simms.

This was the first ever meeting between the two schools as the Huskers took a 1-0 lead in the all time series.

Nebraska returns to the hardwood on Wednesday night against Minnesota from the Big Ten. The game will be televised at 8:00 pm on ESPN2. Also, the U.S. Marines will be at the doors to collect donations for Toys for Tots.

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