Mizzou shooting spree sinks Huskers

Nebraska played the #17 Missouri Tigers evenly for the 1st half, but the Huskers completely imploded in the 2nd half falling to the Tigers 70-47. Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler was not pleased with the way his team played in the 2nd half. "It was a meltdown that you cannot afford to have on the road against a good basketball team."

Mizzou (22-4, 9-2) shot 52% from the field and made 45 of their 70 points in the 2nd half.

Missouri kept the sellout crowd energized the whole game with multiple electrifying blocked shots and powerful slam dunks.

NU was pressured the whole game by the Tigers full court press, which forced a season high 20 turnovers from the Huskers. But Coach Sadler did his best to prepare his team for Missouri's tough full court press. "They played it (full court press) the first time; they play it every time I face Mike's (Anderson) teams. Husker forward Ade Dagunduro finished with 11 points, but had 5 of the teams 20 turnovers. However, Dagunduro felt his team was prepared for the press. "I felt we were (prepared for the press).We had a lot of unforced turnovers, which is uncharacteristic of us, and it kind of hurt us."

With the loss, Nebraska falls to 15-8, and 5-5 in Big 12 conference play.

The wheels fell off for Nebraska when Coach Doc Sadler received a technical foul late in the game for arguing with the official. Sadler feels his team played hard the whole game. "We competed, we just did not execute." The Huskers led just once in the game, but they had plenty of chances to produce. "I thought in the 1st half, it was 20-18 (Missouri), we go to the free throw line for 3 free-throws with a chance to get the lead. We had some opportunities."

After leading by just six at halftime, Missouri scored early and often in the 2nd half to help secure a big lead and got the crowd energized for the rest of the game.

The Nebraska loss was by far the largest margin for the Huskers in conference play. "We just did not play Nebraska basketball for the whole game" said Ade Dagunduro.

The Tigers had four players finish with double digit points, but the key for Mizzou was having 35 points from the bench.

Nebraska was led by Brandon Richardson's 12 points, along with 11 points from Sek Henry and Ade Dagunduro.

Missouri will certainly rise in the Top 25 rankings after a big win against rival Kansas and after Saturday's defeat of the Huskers. The Tigers now have a week off before heading to Boulder next Saturday to play Colorado.

Nebraska plays the Buffalos first on Wednesday night at the Devaney Center. Nebraska enters their final seven games of the regular season needing wins badly for an opportunity to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years.


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