Huskers hold on in exhibition with UNO

The Huskers went into their game with the University of Nebraska-Omaha as just an exhibition game. However, UNO was clearly trying to make an exhibtion of their own, narrowly dropping the season-opener to the Huskers.

Lincoln –Nebraska pulled away from Nebraska-Omaha's only lead six minutes through the first half and held on after a furious Maverick comeback bid to earn a 70-65 victory in its first exhibition of the 2005-06 campaign Monday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Three Huskers finished in double figures, with sophomore guard Joe McCray leading a balanced scoring night with a team-high 12 points.

"It was good for us to go up and down the floor in a 40 game against a solid club like Nebraska-Omaha," said NU coach Barry Collier. "The main thing is to improve from this game.  We know more about how much pressure defense we can play after tonight."

Nebraska-Omaha kept it close in the opening period as Ryan Curtis snagged eight points in the first half while hitting 4-of-6 shots from the field. The Huskers contained Curtis in the second half as he scored just four points to finish with 12. Denny Johnston also added 12 for the Mavericks.

Nebraska-Omaha shot 39.1 percent from the floor in the game, including 7-of-24 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Huskers connected for 39.3 percent, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

Senior forward Bronsen Schliep snagged the jumper that sparked a first-period run that put the Huskers up for good. Redshirt junior Marcus Perry hit two free throw shots after a technical foul from Curtis for hanging on the rim. Following Perry's free throws that tied the game at 13, Schliep hit a shot from the left side in the paint off an assist by Jamel White.

Schliep's basket ignited a 19-2 run over the next 7:37 that gave the Huskers control of the game. During that stretch, the Huskers held UNO to just one field goal and erased a 13-11 deficit en route to building a 30-15 lead with 5:54 remaining in the period.

In the second period, Nebraska-Omaha went on an 8-0 run to pull within 62-60 at the three-minute mark. In the last minute, a dominant block from senior forward Wes Wilkinson ignited the Huskers back into action. Marcus Walker's jump shot from the right side with just over a minute to play put the Huskers up 66-63. Walker's six points in the final 3:36 of the game secured the win for the Huskers.

Nebraska returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 12 for its final exhibition contest of the season with a 7 p.m. tip off against Holy Family University.

Postgame notes
**Nebraska opened the exhibition season with a 70-65 win over Nebraska-Omaha. With the victory, the Huskers improved to 40-5 all-time in exhibition play and 10-1 under Coach Barry Collier.

**Three Nebraska newcomers saw action Monday against Nebraska-Omaha. Freshmen Marcus Walker started at guard for the Huskers, while B.J. Walker and Jamel White each played significant minutes in the game.  Marcus Walker finished with eight points and five assists, while B.J. Walker finished with three points and four boards off the bench and White added seven points and two rebounds.

***Sophomore guard Joe McCray registered a double-double for NU with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He had one double-double during his freshman campaign last season.

Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score
Nebraska-Omaha vs Nebraska
11/7/05 7:05 p.m. at Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
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VISITORS: Nebraska-Omaha
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 JOHNSTON, Denny..... f  5-10   1-4    1-4    1  0  1   5  12  0  1  0  0  33
50 CURTIS, Ryan........ f  5-12   0-0    2-5    1  4  5   4  12  2  4  0  1  36
30 DeSPAIN, Chris...... c  2-4    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   3   4  2  0  0  1  23
04 KAPELS, Calvin...... g  3-13   0-3    4-9    1  6  7   3  10  5  4  1  4  35
10 BYERS, Jamaal....... g  4-9    3-5    0-0    1  6  7   2  11  2  3  0  2  31
20 ROBINSON, Zac.......    2-9    2-9    0-0    2  3  5   3   6  0  4  0  1  14
23 MURPHY, Quantel.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   2
32 JENKINS, Michael....    1-3    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  0  2  0  0   7
54 PACE, Ryan..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
55 ZWIENER, Gabe.......    3-4    0-0    1-1    3  3  6   3   7  0  1  0  2  18
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   25-64   7-24   8-19  10 28 38  25  65 11 20  1 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-33 36.4%   2nd Half: 13-31 41.9%   Game: 39.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  4-13 30.8%   Game: 29.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-2   0.0%   2nd Half:  8-17 47.1%   Game: 42.1%    3

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HOME TEAM: Nebraska
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 WILKINSON, Wes...... f  4-8    0-1    1-4    2  7  9   2   9  0  1  3  2  30
21 MARIC, Aleks........ c  4-8    0-0    2-4    2  3  5   3  10  4  3  0  1  23
01 DOURISSEAU, Jason... g  5-6    0-0    0-4    1  4  5   5  10  3  3  0  2  25
02 McCRAY, Joe......... g  4-12   1-3    3-5    4  6 10   0  12  0  5  0  0  30
10 WALKER, Marcus...... g  1-8    0-3    6-6    0  4  4   1   8  5  4  0  0  27
00 WALKER, B.J.........    1-10   0-0    1-1    3  1  4   1   3  1  1  0  0  16
04 PERRY, Marcus.......    1-2    1-1    2-2    1  1  2   1   5  1  0  0  0  13
15 SCHLIEP, Bronsen....    3-5    0-0    0-0    3  2  5   3   6  0  0  0  1  11
31 WHITE, Jamel........    1-1    0-0    5-6    0  2  2   2   7  1  2  0  2  19
45 WILBRAND, Tony......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  1   6
   TEAM................                            6  6
   Totals..............   24-61   2-8   20-32  16 37 53  19  70 15 20  3  9 200

  
                                     
                            
                                     
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                     
                                     
                                      
                                      
                                      
                                       
                                 
                           

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-30 46.7% 2nd Half: 10-31 32.3% Game: 39.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-4 50.0% 2nd Half: 0-4 0.0% Game: 25.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 9-15 60.0% 2nd Half: 11-17 64.7% Game: 62.5% 5

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Scott Thornley, Joe Townsell, Kipp Kissinger Technical fouls: Nebraska-Omaha-CURTIS, Ryan. Nebraska-None. Attendance: 8321 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Nebraska-Omaha................ 27 38 - 65 Nebraska...................... 39 31 - 70 Estimated attendance:5,100


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