Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson scored a career-high 41 points and had an answer for every Nebraska run as the Huskers fell to the Red Raiders, 70-64, Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Jarrius Jackson hit 15-of-23 shots
from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc for the Red Raiders (14-12,
6-6 Big 12). Freshman guard Jamel White led three Huskers in double figures with
18 points. Senior guard Jason Dourisseau added 15, while sophomore center Aleks Maric poured in 15 points and added a team-high nine rebounds for NU (16-9, 6-6
Texas Tech led for most of the
second half and every time Nebraska made a run, Jackson was there to
answer for the Red Raiders. He answered a Husker score five times in the final
15 minutes of the game to either tie the game or give Tech a lead.
After junior Charles Richardson Jr.
its first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer at the 14:29 mark, Jackson answered with a
jumper to tie the game at 45-45. With the game tied 47-47 with 12:00 left,
Jackson gave the Red
Raiders a lead with a layup. Jackson then stepped up by
hitting a trio of 3-pointers on four possessions. After junior Marcus Perry hit
a trey to give the Huskers a 52-51 lead, Jackson answered with a
3-pointer of his own. Jackson then hit a 3-pointer two possessions
later to put Tech back in front and then gave the Raiders a lead they would
never relinquish with a 3-pointer at the 4:09 mark that put Tech up
Nebraska twice pulled to within one
at 62-61 and 64-63, but the Huskers did not hit a field goal of the final 1:52
seconds and Tech used solid offensive possessions and clutch free-throw shooting
to close the game on a 6-0 run.
Texas Tech led 35-31 at the break,
despite Nebraska leading for much of the opening
half. After a Texas Tech 3-pointer to open the game, Maric picked up right
where he had left off last Wednesday at Iowa State by scoring back-to-back
buckets to give the Huskers a 4-3 lead. He then drew a double team and dropped
off a perfect backdoor pass to senior Jason Dourisseau for a layup that capped a
quick 6-0 Husker spurt.
another 6-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with senior forward Wes Wilkinson and White
knocking down 3-pointers. White added his second 3-pointer of the game to give
the Huskers a 17-10 lead with 12:45 remaining.
Dourisseau gave Nebraska a 23-16 lead
when he scored a layup after a beautiful behind the back pass from Wilkinson.
Tech cut the lead to 23-22 with 4:36 left after the Red Raiders scored six
straight points. Dourisseau sank one-of-two free throws to end the run, but
Jackson gave the
Red Raiders their second lead of the game when he hit a 3-pointer on Tech's next
The teams traded leads in the
closing minutes of the first half before a traditional Jackson single-handedly
pushed the Raiders into the lead. A three-point play from Jackson following a
steal with 28 seconds remaining gave Texas Tech a 33-31 lead and Jackson then
stole the ball again and pushed the Red Raider lead to 35-31 at the half with a
At halftime, the 1990-91 Husker
squad took the court for a 15-year anniversary celebration. As part of the
celebration, Eric Piatkowski has his No. 52 jersey retired and a new banner was
unveiled in the rafters on the north side of the
The Huskers remain at home for a
mid-week contest with Colorado on Wednesday at the Devaney Center. Tipoff
is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Coach Barry Collier quotes
"I thought our defense was porous in the first half with
(Jarrius) Jackson getting off to a great start and
scoring 18 by halftime. We just needed to chase him better than we did. At the
same time, we fumbled the ball on a fast break and he took it the other way for
a lay-up and then a steal and basket right there at the end of the first half
and they got a four-point lead. In the second half he was really tough. It was a
dynamite day for him. They did a good job of taking care of the ball and they
defended us well in the second half."
the missing a shot to move up in the Big 12 standings
disappointing enough by itself. I thought we got off to a pretty good start and
then we tippy-toed around, turned the ball over and was outrebounded. This game
alone, in my mind is enough to deal with. We had no control over those other
things. We needed this one and now we need the next
missing Wes Wilkinson and Aleks Maric with early fouls
"Yeah, we were
kind of hanging in there. We had Wes (Wilkinson) in there with two fouls also.
We believe Wes is going to break out at any point. Missing both of them was a
problem, especially with how Aleks (Maric) got some early baskets and scored
inside for us."
center Aleks Maric
the loss to Texas Tech at home
"To be honest I think everyone is
disappointed. With the 1990-91 team here, it would have been nice to come away
with a win. It was a let down to the history of this program. Texas Tech is a
great team, I don't care what anyone says. If we would have finished on plays it
would have given us a better chance to win."
Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson
"We changed our defenses a number of
times. There's not much to say, when a guy is hot, he's
having to sit after getting two quick fouls in the first half
tough when you're one of the main guys on the team. You want to be out there
helping them out."
making three quick baskets in the first half
"When you make a few
buckets you never think, ‘Oh I'm going to have a 40-point game.' You just have
to keep playing and try to help your team."
guard Charles Richardson
the loss to Texas Tech
"It was really hurtful. It was one of those games
where we played hard and the ball didn't bounce our
Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson
"We didn't have too many answers for
him. He just played hard and he's good. He's a really quick guard and he was
just running around and getting open."
the slowed offensive production in the second half
"I think in the
beginning of the game it was easier to execute our offense. Then in the second
half Texas Tech was really able to get us out of our offensive
Tech Head Coach Bob Knight
"We've played Nebraska five times (since I came to Texas
Tech) and this is the first close game we've had with them. It was a good
win for us. We've played decently in the last three games. Today, we
made plays down the stretch to win. I like Nebraska's team and the job Barry Collier has
done with this team. We played as well as we could and we got an
extraordinary game out of Jarrius."
"The atmosphere for a basketball game today was
great. Nebraska fans should be commended, and I wish
we had that sort of crowd at home. Nebraska's fans made it a great atmosphere for
basketball today, and they showed appreciation for the effort of their
the performance of Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson
today was as good an individual performance as I've had as a head coach.
This game went down to the wire with Jackson scoring 41. That's about the
second time I've had a guy score like that in a game that has gone down to the
the climate of the Big 12
"This league has two teams better than the
rest (Kansas and Texas), and one (Oklahoma) that is somewhere in the
middle. The other nine teams are playing against each other. We beat
each other, and almost every game is close, except those involving Kansas and Texas."
defending NU forward Aleks Maric
"He spent a lot of time in foul
trouble, and we tried to help out on him. Maric is a good player.
The irony is that I didn't see the Iowa State game. It's probable good that
I didn't see it."