LINCOLN—Hot shooting from behind the arc and sharp ball-handling led the Nebraska men's basketball team to its first 100-point scoring effort in nearly a decade Monday, as the Huskers downed North Carolina A&T, 107-57, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Four Huskers pitched in
double-figure scoring efforts and the squad gave away only seven turnovers while
reaching the century mark for the first time since Jan. 13, 1996, when Nebraska
lost a triple-overtime thriller to Oklahoma, 117-100, the same season NU would
go on to claim the NIT title. The Huskers shot 51.6 percent from the field
Monday, including 44.4 percent from behind the 3-point line, and committed only
three turnovers in the second half.
points were its most in a game since a 114-106 win overtime win over Oregon during the
1995-96 season, and its most in a regulation game since a 108-71 win against
Appalachian State on Dec. 31, 1994.
combined to drill a season-high 16 3-point attempts for Nebraska. Sophomore
guard Joe McCray posted his second straight impressive effort, leading the
Huskers with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a game-high five
3-pointers. Senior forward Jason Dourisseau chipped in 16 points while nailing
4-of-5 attempts, while freshman point guard Marcus Walker added a career-high 13
points with a 4-for-6 effort from behind the arc. Junior guard Marcus Perry gave
NU a late surge to break the century mark with a career-high 13
Several other Huskers notched career
highs against the Aggies, including redshirt freshman forward Jim Ledsome, who
scored his first career points on a dunk en route to five points in only nine
minutes of play. Freshman forward Kyle Marks posted a personal-best six
Derek Crumpton and sophomore forward Jason Wills were the Aggies' main scoring
threats, notching respective totals of 19 and 15 points. While the Huskers
stayed hot from the field for the entire game, A&T cooled off in the second
half, shooting 27.6 percent from the floor.
Leading by a
comfortable 26-pont margin at halftime, the Huskers opened the second half with
a 17-3 run to build a 40-point cushion with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Senior forward Wes Wilkinson, Marcus Walker and McCray drilled 3-pointers in a
two-minute flurry, followed by a layup from junior forward B.J. Walker. Marcus
Walker's fourth trey slammed the door on the
helped Nebraska lead by as much
as 26 in the first half. Five Huskers combined to make seven 3-point attempts in
the game's first 12 minutes. While NU's shooting was sharp, so was its offensive
execution. Nebraska lost a
season-low four first-half turnovers to post a 16-1 edge in points off
turnovers. The combined effort boosted the squad to 58 first-half points, its
most since a 60-point outburst against Texas A&M in
NU came out
of the locker room gunning, making five 3-point attempts in the first five
minutes to build a quick 14-point lead over the Aggies. McCray led the way,
draining two quick trey attempts on his way to a 4-for-6 first-half effort.
McCray notched a season high for points in a half with 14, while Dourisseau had
11 at the break.
sophomore forward Demetrius Guions opened the scoring with an alley-oop slam
from sophomore guard Trahern Chaplin on A&T's first possession, Dourisseau
hit 1-of-2 free throws and McCray put the Huskers on top with his first trey of
the game. Marcus Walker then added another three to give the Huskers an early
accounted for a quick five points on another 3-pointer followed by a transition
layup off a steal to give NU an eight-point cushion, while Marcus Walker
followed with another 3 to put Nebraska up 11 points, 15-4, just under four
minutes into the game. Wilkinson also got into the act early, drilling his first
attempt from behind the arc to give the Huskers an 18-4 edge at the 14:53
first half overshadowed the Aggies' successful early shooting. North Carolina
A&T shot 46 percent from the field in the first half and owned the
rebounding advantage for much of the period, but 10 turnovers sealed the Aggies'
fate. For the game, the Huskers
recorded a 24-3 edge in points of turnovers.
Nebraska looks to
keep its hot streak intact Wednesday when it plays host to its final home
matchup before the new year against 2005 NCAA Tournament qualifier Alabama A&M at 7 p.m.
at the Devaney
The win moved NU's season record to
8-2, while Aggies dropped to 0-7 with the loss.
• Nebrask picked up its 350th
all-time victory at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in high fashion as the Huskers
scored at least 100 points in a contest for the first time since 1996 with a
107-57 win over North Carolina A&T. Marcus Perry's free throw with 3:00 left
gave the Huskers' their 100th point of the
• The last time the
Huskers scored at least 100 points came against Oklahoma on Jan. 13, 1996, in a 117-100 triple
overtime loss to the Sooners. In fact, each of the last two times the Huskers
hit the century mark they lost, including a 109-104 setback to Northern Iowa on Dec. 16, 1995. The last time Nebraska collected at least 100 points in a victory came
on Feb. 8, 1995, in a 100-86 win over Colorado.
• The 107 points are the
most by the Huskers since scored 114 in a 114-106 victory over Oregon on Nov. 25, 1995.
• The 50-point margin of
victory is tied for the third largest in Devaney Center history and ties for the
seventh largest win in program history overall. It is the second win of at least
50 points by the Huskers at home in the past two years, joining the 57-point win
(97-40) over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 2004-05 season.
• Sophomore Joe McCray
started the game on a tear, hitting 2-of-3 attempts from 3-point range in the
first four minutes. McCray, who had six 3-pointers in the second half last year
against North Carolina A&T, finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting,
including a season-best 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
• Nebraska opened the game
on an 18-4 run, which included an 11-0 streak, the fifth double-figure scoring
streak this season while holding an opponent
• Marcus Perry and Aleks Maric returned to the court after missing Saturday's contest against Chicago State. Perry missed the contest to be with
his wife, who had their second daughter, Akayla, early last Friday morning,
while Maric missed Saturday's game with an injury.
• Perry finished the
game with a career-high 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting, while redshirt-freshman
Jim Ledsome recorded a career-best five points and seven boards. Nebraska recorded 48
rebounds, the third-highest total of the year and two off NU's season
• Nebraska's 58 points in the opening frame were the most
points in any half this season, bettering its 48 against Marquette in the opening
period. It was the most points by the Huskers in any half since scoring 60 in
the opening half against Texas A&M on Feb. 28, 2001.
• Nebraska recorded a
season-high 16 3-pointers in the game, including nine in the first half when it
went 9-of-16 from behind the arc. The Huskers' previous high for a game was
eight 3-pointers in each of the last two games.
• The 16 3-pointers are
just two off the school record of 18 set in 2002 in a one-point home loss to No.
1 Kansas. The Huskers' 36 attempts from 3-point range were also one off the
school record of 37 also set against No. 1 Kansas in 2002.
• Nebraska hit 58.6 percent
from the floor and 56.3 percent from beyond the arc in the opening half, the
Huskers' highest percentage and 3-point percentage in any period this year. The
Huskers finished hitting 51.6 percent from the floor, marking the second
straight game hitting better than 50.0 percent of its
• Nebraska reached its
season scoring average (70.3 ppg) on Joe McCray's 3-pointer with 16 minutes left
in the second half. Nebraska set a season high with its 85th point
at the 10:08 mark when Marcus Perry hit a 3-pointer.
• Freshman Marcus Walker
recorded 13 points and a career-high tying six assists. It marked his fourth
double-figure scoring effort of the season and fourth in the last five games.
averaged 10.6 points and 3.2 assists per game over the past five contests.
• The Huskers set a
season high with 28 assists as a team, the highest total in Coach Barry
Collier's tenure, bettering the 27 assists set in 2001 against Texas A&M.
The 28 assists are the most by the Huskers since recording 35 assists in a
101-60 win over Northeastern Illinois on Dec.
• Senior guard Jason
Dourisseau recorded 14 free throw attempts on the night, a career high.
Dourisseau had 12 attempts from the charity stripe in the first half to tie his
• Nebraska recorded seven
turnovers, including three in the second half. It was the fewest turnovers in a
game since posting seven against Arizona State on Dec. 3, 2003.
Coach Barry Collier quotes
On the hot shooting night
"A number of guys got
off to a good start and the shooting was there from the get-go. We buried
3-pointers because they clogged the middle, but I thought we took care of the
ball well and the shooting was really the story."
the game plan
"It depends on what the (opposing) defense wants to do. Our
intent is to go inside and get the ball off the glass on defense. With a little
bit of pressure on the ball, we got a bunch of penetration and kicks to people
stepping into their shot. We got into a rhythm and a bunch of them knocked it
Joe McCray finding his shot recently
"Well, the last two games he has, but I
don't think anyone could say that three games ago. He's been working to continue
to get in better shape. Sometimes you've got to live through some difficult
times to learn from those. It's part of the experience."
the defensive strategy
"We just try to mix up the defenses and try not to let
the other team get in a rhythm. We were able to have a bunch of different units
in there. The rotation in some instances was pretty good in there. We made a few
drastic errors but not a whole lot of them. I think all in all it really helped
Guard Marcus Walker
On scoring 100 points
exciting. Coming off of the Creighton loss, we talked a lot about our intensity.
We're all about getting better over the next (three) games heading into the
the fast pace of the game
"That's how the game played out. We ran more motion
than set offensive plays, and it will be a fast-paced game when that
the confidence the team can take from this game
"With a win like this anyone
can get confidence. Hopefully we'll take this confidence and build on it. We'll
look at the film and see what we did right and what we did wrong and we'll try
to correct our mistakes. It's a big confidence builder to hit 100 points, and
it's also big that everybody got to play."
the ball movement
"Anybody on the court had an open shot today, there was a
lot of unselfishness. Our main focus was playing hard for 40 minutes and if we
do that the offense will come."
when the team thought about reaching the 100-point plateau
"Maybe with around
10 minutes left, we realized we could get 100 points. Our main focus tonight was
not getting 100 points, but just going out and playing
On the game
"Tonight was fun. Everyone got to play. We've
been focusing on our effort and doing the little things and we really did that
tonight. It felt good to come out and get a blowout win. When you play with
effort like tonight, good things will happen."
the play of the offense
"We've got some guys who can score. Tonight we had a
lot of guys making the extra pass on penetration. We have enough good shooters
that they can hit a lot of shots, especially if we make the extra pass to get
them open. You have to give the guys a lot of credit, there was a lot of
unselfishness out there tonight."
A&T Head Coach Jerry Eaves quotes
"They just shot the lights out and
that is the bottom line. It was a night and day difference for them from the
Creighton game to tonight. There was really nothing we could
did that gave North Carolina A&T trouble
"It was the physical nature of
the game. They are a strong and mature team and much bigger and
"They came out firing. We have some young freshman who are really
not ready (to play a team in) the Big 12 but it was good experience for