NU Tames Golden Lions

The Nebraska Cornhuskers last played the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2004. That game turned into a lopsided 97-40 victory for the Huskers. This time around Arkansas-Pine Bluff made it a little closer.

The Golden Lions were battle tested before their trip to Lincoln, playing away games against Air Force, Nevada and Fresno State.


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.


Nebraska opened it up in the second half and never looked back.


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.


Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler would not let his team relax even with the lead ballooning to 36 points (64-29) with 6:44 left 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, Nebraska scored its largest win of the season with the 71-42 victory.


On the night, NU shot 44 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Maric with 19 followed by Jamel White's 13 and Perry's 11.  Ryan Anderson led the way with 10 rebounds.


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.


Nebraska forced a season high twenty-four turnovers by Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  That is the most turnovers forced by a Husker team in a game since 1999.


The Huskers next face a tough North Texas team at the Devaney Center on Wednesday night.  Sadler is very aware of the challenge his team faces.


"North Texas will be a tough ball game.  We will have to play by far our best ball game of the year.  They (North Texas) can score and are very athletic.  They might get an at-large bid (NCAA Tournament)," he said.


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.



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