Lincoln – The Nebraska men's basketball team remained undefeated at the Bob Devaney Sports Center this season by racing to a 42-12 halftime lead en route to an 82-37 win over Savannah State Tuesday night in Lincoln.
The margin of victory
was the largest during the Doc Sadler era as the Huskers improved their record
to 7-2 and gained another burst of momentum heading into Saturday's contest
against No. 16 Oregon at Qwest Center Omaha.
Just over 48 hours removed from a
63-51 win over Big East foe Rutgers, the Huskers (7-2) showed no signs of
fatigue by holding the Tigers (6-7) scoreless through the first 6 minutes and
seven seconds, while opening up a commanding 13-2 lead.
Savannah State was up against a tough Husker
defense that entered the contest allowing a Big 12-best 56.0 points per game.
The Tigers missed their first 10 shots from the field and finished the game
14-of-53 (26.4 percent). Their 12 first-half points tied the Devaney Center opponent record-low set on three
Junior forward Shang Ping led a
dozen Huskers in scoring with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. The
Haerbin, China native was one
of five Huskers to score in Nebraska's 13-0 start and one of seven to
tally points in the first nine minutes. After Savannah State scored its first points of the game, Nebraska ended the half
on a 29-10 run over the last 11:49, including 3-pointers by Ping and Steve Harley in the final two minutes.
Senior Aleks Maric earned his fifth
straight double-figure scoring game, as he contributed eight of his 10 points in
the opening period.
Nebraska took advantage of a turnover-prone
Tiger team by forcing nine takeaways in the first half and 12 after the
intermission. Savannah State opened the final 20 minutes with six points in the
first 3 minutes and two seconds, but the Huskers found an all-around offensive
threat as a total of 12 Nebraska players got on the board after nine scored in
the first half alone.
The Huskers stretched their largest
lead to 45 by the final buzzer after walk-ons Ben Nelson and Cole Salomon
accounted for Nebraska's last 11 points, while holding the
Tigers to six points in the last 6 minutes and four seconds of the
The Huskers will now turn their
attention to No. 16 Oregon, as the Big Red takes on the Ducks Saturday at 1
p.m., at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Tickets can be purchased by visiting