The Golden Lions were battle tested
before their trip to
That didn't mean that they were competitive, as they lost all three of those games by an average of twenty-seven points.
To their credit, Arkansas-Pine Bluff played tough defense early on against the Huskers and looked as though they could hang with NU, at least for a little while.
NU then started connecting on their shots, started getting some fast break opportunities and forced turnovers and fouls from the Golden Lions.
Marcus Perry hit a couple of three-pointers and Aleks Maric got the inside game going as the Huskers took charge against the over-matched Golden Lions and pulled away in the first half and led 40-20 at the break.
As some of the Husker faithful started to head for the exits midway through the first half, NU kept playing hard and moving the basketball just as they did in the first half.
"I hate close games, I want it to be lopsided every night as long as it's on our side," said Sadler.
With the Huskers comfortably ahead, Sadler began subbing off his bench with under three minutes left in the game.
When the final buzzer sounded,
Perry, who has missed three weeks with a knee injury, said he felt good tonight.
"I'm feeling good. I didn't feel any pain whatsoever in my knee. My foot bothered me a little bit, but I just prayed about it and God gave me the strength to endure to the end," he said.
The Huskers next face a tough North Texas team at the
Sadler said he hopes the fans will come out and show their support for the Huskers as they will need it. Perry also hopes to see the fans show up just like they did for the Creighton game.
"If we can get a crowd in here like Creighton, that would be awesome," said Perry.