MBB:Huskers Fall to Red Raiders 70-64

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 Big 12).

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. handed Nebraska 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 60-57.

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.

Nebraska used 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 possession.

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 layup.

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 court. 

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.


Nebraska Coach Barry Collier quotes
Opening statement
"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."

On the missing a shot to move up in the Big 12 standings
"It's 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 one."

On 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."

Sophomore center Aleks Maric
On 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."

On 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 hot."

On having to sit after getting two quick fouls in the first half
"It's tough when you're one of the main guys on the team. You want to be out there helping them out."

On 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."

Junior guard Charles Richardson
On 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 way."

On 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."

On 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 motion."

 Texas Tech Head Coach Bob Knight
On the game
"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." 

On the atmosphere
"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 team."

On the performance of Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson
"Jackson's performance 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 wire."

On 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."

On 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."

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