Nebraska routs Hastings College

Nebraska came out of the gates slowly, but recovered to defeat the Hastings College Broncos 71-39. In the team's second exhibition, Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler featured an entirely different starting lineup than the first exhibition.

But the starters did not respond well early.  The Broncos jumped to an 11-6 lead, which led to Sadler subbing in five different players. 

"Obviously I started other lineup just to start a different lineup and let some other people play to get that feeling," said Sadler.  "I wasn't very excited about the way those guys played. We gave up 11 points in five minutes and then we gave up 21 (10 points) the rest of the half. From that point on I thought our defense was pretty good."

The Huskers trailed for the first 12:05 of the game.  Christian Standhardinger hit a pair of free throws to knot up the score at 16.  Nebraska would never look back.  The Huskers finished the half on a 12-5 run, and had a seven-point lead at half time.  

The rout began in the second half.  Point guard Lance Jeter started the half off with a three pointer, his only points of the game, but momentum clearly shifted in the Huskers direction.  Nebraska went on to outscore the Broncos 42-18 in the second half. 

Freshman Christian Standhardinger led all scorers with 18 points in his 20 minutes of play.  Standhardinger was eligible to play during the Huskers two exhibition matches, but due to an NCAA rule, he has to sit out the first 15 games of the season.  Despite a great effort from the freshman, Coach Sadler knows his young player has room to improve.

"He's got a lot to work on," said Coach Sadler.  "Christian brings tremendous energy and work ethic every day at practice, but he's got a lot of things to work on. It doesn't matter if I think it's fair or not fair, the fact of the matter is he's going to miss the next (15) many games. That doesn't mean he can't get a lot better."

Standhardinger scored 17 and 18 points in his first two exhibition games, but will not be allowed to play until January 9th against Texas A&M.  With the NCAA rule taking effect, Standhardinger knows the only game he'll be playing is the waiting game.  However, Standhardinger vows to keep working hard.

"I would disrespect them (the fans) if I did not work hard every day. It is harder but I think I will stay motivated. I have 15 games (on a sheet) in my locker and I numbered when the first game is and I will mark them off."

Doc Sadler has stressed defense during preseason practice.  After allowing 66 points to Arkansas-Fort Smith during the first exhibition, the Huskers surrendered just 39 points to the Hastings Broncos.  Sadler admits things have improved, but he still thinks his team isn't where it needs to be.

"We've got a long way to go defensively, but I thought we took a big step tonight. Teams like that can be difficult because they have you so spread out, especially with your big guys. They took 37 3-pointers. I thought we contested some shots, but we have a long way to go defensively."

One notable absence during the game was freshman Ray Gallegos.  Gallegos recently suffered a minor quad injury, but Sadler did not want to risk his point guard to a more serious injury.

"I really expected him to play today but that's an injury where if he's not careful it could linger. It will be a little bit I'm sure. Hopefully by Saturday."

With months of preparations and two exhibition games down for Nebraska, the Huskers officially begin the regular season on Saturday night when they take on South Carolina Upstate at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

Box Score

Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler Quotes

Nov. 10, 2009

Opening Comments

"I thought some things were better. Obviously I started other lineup just to start a different lineup and let some other people play to get that feeling. I wasn't very excited about the way those guys played. We gave up 11 points in five minutes and then we gave up 21 the rest of the half. From that point on I thought our defense was pretty good."

On the defense overall

"Transition defense I was pretty happy with. We kept the ball out of the lane and we got better picking the ball up. Our defense in the paint was better, but (Hastings') offensive rebounding was way too much. One of the things we've got to get better at, and in practice we have, is shooting the 3-point shot. I think we made two in the first game and now we made four. That's something that we've got to do and I do think we can make them.

"But defensively is where we've been concentrating and I think it was a little bit better. It was better helping off each other. That takes a little bit of time but I thought that especially when some of the guys that have been in the program were on the floor together, we were pretty good defensively."

On Rey Gallegos' injury status

"I don't know. I really expected him to play today but that's an injury where if he's not careful it could linger. It will be a little bit I'm sure. Hopefully by Saturday."

On keeping Christian Stanhardinger going until he can play in January

"He's got a lot to work on. Christian brings tremendous energy and work ethic every day at practice, but he's got a lot of things to work on. It doesn't matter if I think it's fair or not fair, the fact of the matter is he's going to miss the next (15) many games. That doesn't mean he can't get a lot better. I've never had a problem where if a kid's not going hard to bring it to their attention. He's got to be ready when we start league play."

"I would say this about Christian – there's not anyone that will play any harder. He's going to give you everything he's got. He's got a knack for scoring the ball. He's got a long, long, long way to go defensively. It's going to difficult when he starts league play. It's going to be different than he's used to, but he'll be fine. He'll be ready."

On Toney McCray's elbow injury

"In the first half I saw him not go after some rebounds, and even when he got his hands on some rebounds, he wasn't able to get them. He wants to try to play and I'll talk to him tomorrow. I'm sure he'll make a decision. He's probably going to try to play, I assume."

On what he's figured out through two exhibition games

"We've got a long way to go defensively, but I thought we took a big step tonight. Teams like that can be difficult because they have you so spread out, especially with your big guys. They took 37 3-pointers. I thought we contested some shots, but we have a long way to go defensively. And our patience on offense is as bad as it gets. We're trying to make too many things happen instead of letting the plays come to us. We're trying to force it and hit home runs on the first pitch. Right now we're trying to score too quick. Against good defenses you're not going to."

Nebraska Player Quotes

Nov. 10, 2009

Freshman forward Christian Standhardinger

On his performance in his first two games

"I think I did an okay job. I'm not excited about my games, because there is a lot to improve on the defensive end like coach said, but on the offensive end too. There are shots that I missed that are getting on my nerves, but I gave everything and I try my best. Today I was a little sick and it's harder to play when you're sick. My game's have been okay but there is a lot to improve. I hope it will get better."

On if it will be hard to stay motivated until he can play in January

"Of course it is harder for me to stay motivated. If I have a game on Friday, I am scared because I know my mom and sisters will see it and I have to represent myself good (for my family). And for the fans here because there are so many fans that hope we will win. I would disrespect them if I did not work hard every day. It is harder but I think I will stay motivated. I have 15 games (on a sheet) in my locker and I numbered when the first game is and I will mark them off."

 


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