NU Drops Final Exhibition Game

The Nebraska Men's Basketball team concluded exhibition play tonight with a 54-50 loss to the Cougars of Southern Illinois (SIU)-Edwardsville.

The Division II Cougars came to the Devaney Center ranked No. 3 in the nation. This was also the Cougars final exhibition game as they lost to Illinois 76-57 to open their season.


The first half started slowly for the Cornhuskers as SIU-Edwardsville took advantage in the paint due to NU's Aleks Maric sitting out due to appendectomy surgery on Nov. 3rd.


The Huskers did not help their case as they missed several easy shots around the rim.


The Huskers Sek Henry started to heat up at the end of first half to help NU keep it close. Henry scored 8 of his team leading nine first half points in the final 5:32 of the first half.


With sluggish shooting, NU was lucky to be down only 24-21 to the Cougars at halftime.


The Cougars were 40% (8-20) from the field while Nebraska shot 20.7% (6-29).  The Huskers were only 21.4% (3-14) from the 3-point line.


The second half shooting for both teams started off a lot better than the first, unfortunately it was SIU-Edwardsville who was better.


The Cougars built a 38-27 lead with 13:38 left in the game.  The eleven point lead was the largest of the game for either team.


Nebraska answered and went on a 14 to 4 run to close the gap to 42-41 at the 5:07 mark.


SIU Edwardsville would not relinquish the lead and closed the game out with a win.


Head Nebraska coach Doc Sadler was very disappointed in the way his team performed.


"We got to learn what effort is.  That is two games in a row now that I truly believe that the opposing team played harder than we did and that is totally unacceptable.  We are going to work harder, start going to two-a-days and find out who wants to wear a Nebraska uniform," he said.


For the second game in a row, freshman Sek Henry led the Huskers in scoring with 19.  Fellow freshman Ryan Anderson added 13.


The Cougars were paced by senior guard Ty Johnson with 19.


For the game, Nebraska shot only 29.1 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from 3pt. land contrasting to SIU-Edwardsville's 42.9 percent from the field and 40.0 from beyond the arc.


Nebraska will next begin their regular season with a visit from Nebraska Omaha on Nov. 14th while SIU-Edwardsville travels to Bradley on Nov. 15th.


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