NU Gets Second Straight Win Over Ranked Team

Nebraska knocked off its second ranked opponent in four days by using an impressive team effort on both ends of the court to collect a 65-59 road victory over No. 22/22 Texas A&M on Saturday at Reed Arena.

The win improved the Huskers to 16-9 overall and 5-7 in league play while the Aggies dropped to 20-7 on the year and 6-6 in Big 12 action. The loss was A&M's third straight in league play and only their third loss in 18 home games this season.

Nebraska won consecutive games over a ranked team for the first time since 1999. It was also Nebraska's first road victory over a top-25 squad since beating Kansas in Lawrence also nine years ago.

Four Huskers scored double figures, including two off the bench as NU held a 22-19 advantage in bench scoring.  Sek Henry and Steve Harley each scored 11 points to lead the Huskers, including scoring seven of the Huskers' last eight points.

Henry put in the biggest baskets of the game as he burried a pair of 3-pointers in the final six minutes. Henry's first trey stiffled a 7-0 A&M run and came just after NU freshman point guard Cookie Miller left the game with a shoulder injury. Henry then added a 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining, giving NU the lead for good, 60-57.

Harley added four free throws in the final minute and Nebraska recorded two offensive rebounds in the final 35 seconds to hold on. NU finished with just three offensive boards on the day while A&M held a 28-23 lead on the glass.

Nebraska got the win behind an efficient offensive effort. The Huskers hit 59 percent on the day (23-of-39), their best effort in conference play this year and second straight game shooting better than 50 percent. A&M hit just 41.7 percent, including just 7-of-20 from 3-point range, against the Husker defense with only two players -- Derrick Roland (13) and Donald Sloan (10) -- reaching double figures.

Henry had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting while Harley connected on 3-of-6 for 11 points. Chris Balham came off the bench for the best game of his career, scoring personal-high 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added three rebounds in 11 minutes of action. Senior center Aleks Maric added 10 points but saw his streak of double-doubles come to an end at seven games as he hauled in only five rebounds.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, posting 32 first-half points while holding a seven-point margin at the intermission. The Huskers, who had four players score at least five points in the period, hit 60 percent from the floor in the opening frame, knocking down 12-of-20 attempts.

Ryan Anderson and Balham led the charge in the first half, scoring six points apiece. Anderson drilled a pair of 3-pointers, giving him 40 on the season, his second straight year with at least 40 treys, while Balham tied his career single-game high with six points on a trio of baskets, helping NU to a 10-6 lead in the paint before intermission.

While Nebraska's offense was strong, it was the defensive play that put the Huskers ahead for the 17th time at halftime this season and third time away from Lincoln. The Huskers chased the Aggies continuously, holding A&M to 37.5 percent shooting while also outrebounding the much taller Aggies 14-11.

The Huskers return to action at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when Nebraska plays host to the Oklahoma Sooners at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The contest will tip off at 7 p.m. and can be heard on the Husker Sports Network and around the world on the Inernet at

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