"We got a win, so I'm happy about that," said Sek Henry. "I still think we have to do better defensively. They (TCU) did score 77 points. I am really happy about the win and the way we overcame what happened in St. Louis." With just seconds to go in the first half, Nebraska freshman guard Ray Gallegos nailed a three pointer to put his team on top 44-43. This marked the first appearance of Gallegos in a Nebraska uniform.
The game was tied as late as the 5:19 mark, before Eshaunte Jones put Nebraska ahead with a three pointer. After that, Nebraska separated with a 23-7 run to close the game. All of those points came from Ryan Anderson, Sek Henry, and Brandon Richardson, three of the Huskers four returning players from last season. After the game, Sek Henry said the senior leadership was a key for the win.
"A lot of times, Ryan (Anderson) and I don't say anything," said Henry. "We just try to lead example, just by going hard, but you need to communicate with your teammates and show them what they need to do or tell them what they need to do."
In his third game as a Husker, center Jorge Brian Diaz came off the bench to score his career high. Diaz had left the Saint Louis game early with a mouth injury, and had left practice on Thursday due to the pain.
"It was great to have him back," said Doc Sadler. "He played really well. That was one of the reasons, usually I would have started him, but I wanted to put Brandon Richardson in the game and move Brian back. Brian will be the guy that is in there (but today it was Richardson) because he is so aggressive. That is it." Despite the positive result, Coach Sadler still was not pleased with the effort of his defense. Nebraska allowed 77 points, and 27 of those were scored in transition.
"We gave up 27 points in transition," Sadler said. "I think that is an all-time high. I know a lot of people will be talking about how many points we scored. I think the frustrating and scary thing is to know how hard we worked on defense and that is all we got.
The Nebraska home wine marks the 400th win at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. All time, Nebraska is 400-125 while playing at their home arena, which opened in 1976.
Nebraska plays next on Wednesday night against the University of Missouri- Kansas City Roos. Tip off is set for 7:00 at the Devaney Center. The Huskers get back to practice on Sunday. "We've got a lot of work to do," said Sadler. "There is not going to be any game that isn't going to be new for us. That is where we are at."