Creighton edges the Huskers in a thriller

Nebraska came into Saturday's game with Creighton needing to make a statement. Unfortunately the statement that was made wasn't the one that they wanted to make. The Nebraska men's basketball program dropped it's third game of the season after Creighton's game winning shot in the final seconds of the Nebraska Classic.

The loss was the first in Coach Barry Collier's tenure at Nebraska in which they held the opposing team to 50 points or less. Kellen Miliner hit the game winning shot for the Blue Jays with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the game. Nebraska senior Marcus Neal attempted to win the game as he had a shot at the buzzer from three that hit the front of the rim.

Poor shooting was once again the dagger in the heart for the Huskers as they shot just 35% (17-48) from the field in front of a sell out crowd at the Devaney Center of 13,602. Contributing to the poor shooting performance was freshman Joe McCray 1-5, John Turek 2-6, and Jason Dourisseau 3-8. The lone bright spot for the Huskers shooting was that they were able to connect on 7-14 three point attempts. Marcus Neal sunk 4-6 and Wes Wilkinson made 2-2 from three point land.

While the Blue Jays shoot just as poorly in the first half they shot the ball much better in the second half of action. In that second half Creighton was 45% from the floor while shooting 50% from three and they were perfect at the line at 10-10.

Pacing the Jays was Miliner as he contributed 20 points including 4 three point field goals. Also in double digits was Nate Funk with 13 to go along with his 3 assists, a steal and 5 rebounds. Two players for Nebraska recorded a double digit effort as Neal had 14 and Turek 10.

Once again Nebraska won the battle on the boards with a 39-32 advantage over the Blue Jays. Leading the way for the Huskers was Aleks Maric and Jason Dourisseau with 7 a piece. Reserve forward Wilkinson also grabbed 6. CU was lead by Anthony Tolliver with 7.

A bright spot for NU was on defense as the Huskers blocked 8 shots with Turek swatting 4. Unfortunately, the free throw shooting was abysmal. The big red shot just 7-19 for a mind boggling 37% at the charity stripe.

The Husker cagers will get an opportunity to right the ship against the second MEAC opponent of the season when they face North Carolina A&T next Saturday.

In other Big XII action, Kansas blasted Louisiana-Lafayette 96-51 as Keith Langford lead with 24 points, Kansas State edged out Wyoming 64-61 with Fred Peete scoring 24, Texas A&M squeezed out a victory over Alabama A&M 71-68 with Dominique Kirk scoring 18, Missouri had no trouble with Montana in an 87-62 victory with Linas Kleiza pouring in 26 and Northern Colorado was destroyed by the Oklahoma Sooners 80-44 with Taj Gray contributing 22.



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