Home Sweet Home

After a two week hiatus on the road, Nebraska returned to the Devaney Center to defeat the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 82-55 in front of 6,026 here on Sunday afternoon.

In the last two weeks NU played only two games, but they traveled to the opposite ends of the country in doing so.  First at Rutgers on December 2nd, then a week later at Oregon on December 9th.


The Cornhuskers now returned to the friendly confines of the Devaney Center after those two hard-fought loses on the road.


The Huskers now looked to get back on the winning track by playing the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.


The Bulldogs played NU last year at the Devaney Center and lost by only seven points (67-60).


"Coach Pettaway's (Alabama A&M head coach) teams always play hard and press well.  We haven't seen the press a whole lot this year, but I though we came out with a lot of intensity," said NU head coach Doc Sadler.


With Nebraska's leading scorer, Aleks Maric on the bench due to a hip injury suffered in this morning's shoot-around, Husker freshman Sek Henry and Ryan Anderson picked up the slack. 


"In the shoot-around this morning, Aleks's hip went out on him.  The sad thing is, he has been practicing very well and has gotten into better shape.  We will do another MRI on him this afternoon," said Sadler.


Henry scored NU's first seven points of the game and finished with 11 points on the day while Anderson scored a game-high 19 points.


With Maric's injury, the rest of the team had to play that much harder.


"It is great having him (Maric) out there because he makes everything easier for us, but we have to work twice as hard without him.  Today I thought we did," said Anderson.



Behind Henry and Anderson, Nebraska slowly increased their lead over the Bulldogs, leading by as many as 25 points before heading into halftime with a 44-20 lead.

Sophomore Paul Velander followed up his strong performance against Oregon where he scored a career-high twelve points by scoring 10 against the Bulldogs.

In the second half, Sadler started to substitute his starters out with just under 15 minutes left. 

Freshman Kris Douse, Mike Smith and Jay-R Strowbridge played extensively in the second half which allowed them to gain some much needed playing time.

The Huskers pushed their lead to as many as 30 points in the second half and ended up with the twenty-seven point win (82-55).

The Huskers finished the game shooting 45 percent but forced 24 turnovers, getting 18 points off them.

Nebraska now travels to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Rainbow Classic (December 20th -23rd).  The teams in the tournament besides Nebraska are: Wyoming, San Francisco and Hawaii.  The Huskers open with the Wyoming Cowboys.


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