Huskers Tame Tigers in Record Fashion

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 previous occasions.

 

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 game.

 

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 ticketmaster.com.

 

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