Henry Leads Guards Against Tigers

The men's basketball team continued their winning ways at home against the Tigers of Savannah State. Behind guards Sek Henry and Marcus Perry, NU improved to 10-3 with a 81-53 win.

Savannah State came out firing and hitting their shots early.  The Tigers raced out to a 10-4 lead over the Huskers at the 16:11 mark in the first half.  The Tigers double-teamed NU center Aleks Maric down low so the Husker big man couldn't get any positioning to score.


NU Head Coach Doc Sadler said NU didn't come out with the right intensity. 


"In the first five minutes, we didn't come out with the intensity we needed to have.  Savannah State came out with intensity and hit some shots.  Credit our players for turning it around," said Sadler.


With Maric bottled up early on, the Huskers finally started to hit their outside shots which opened up things more inside.


Trailing 14-11, NU started a scoring run.  After a Marcus Perry jumper to close it to 14-13, Maric finally got on the scoreboard with a short jumper as the Huskers took back the lead for good at 15-14 with 9:39 left to play in the half. 


Nebraska continued to widen that lead to 25-14 until the Tigers finally answered with a free throw to stop a 14-0 run by the Huskers.


The Huskers finished the half strong with a circus reverse lay-up by Sek Henry and two free throws by Jamel White to lead NU into halftime with a 36-19 lead.


The first half saw the Huskers shoot a solid 56% from the field while holding Savannah State which cooled off considerably after their quick start, to only 32%.


NU was led by Marcus Perry who hit on 3 of his four 3-pt. attempts while scoring 11 points.


Perry said that listening to coach Sadler in practice helps free up some good looks at the basket.


"Coach always tells us to cut hard and the shots are going to be there," said Perry.


Both teams shot well in the second half but Nebraska moved out in front increasing their lead to as many as 28 points which ended up being the final margin of victory for NU.


Nebraska Head Coach Doc Sadler used an all guard line-up of Sek Henry, Jamel White, Jay-R Strowbridge, Paul Velander and Mike Smith in final several minutes of the game.  


Henry scored 12 of his game high 18 points in the half, shooting a perfect 7 for 7 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3pt. land.


Henry was two of the record of consecutive made field goals.  The record was 9 of 9. 


"I feel my shot is getting better and that my rhythm is coming back," said Henry. 


Perry ended up with 17 points as he connected on two more three-pointers in the second.


For the game, Nebraska shot another sizzling percentage from the field as they hit 61% including 48% from 3-pt. land.


The Huskers next game is at home on Saturday against Western Kentucky.

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