"We can all imagine how that went," said senior forward Ryan Anderson of his coach's halftime speech.
Message received. The Cornhuskers (5-1) went on to outscore the Texas-Pan American Broncos by 20 en route to an 81-53 victory.
Both teams exchanged baskets to start the second half, but four minutes into the half, Nebraska took off on a 24-4 run that lasted seven minutes. The run included 11 points from senior forward Ryan Anderson, who finished with a season high 21 points, including 16 second half points. Anderson told the media after the game that his main motivation came from mistakes during a game last season, when Nebraska was upset at home by University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
"I think last year we experienced a game that could have been something like this, the UMBC game last year. Just coming out nonchalant. Any given game, if you don't come prepared to play; things can happen that you don't want to."
Nebraska finished with four players in double figure scoring, including guard Ray Gallegos, who had 13 points off the bench. The true freshman Gallegos considered redshirting this season, but admitted he wanted to play this season. Doc Sadler told Gallegos he had to be ready to play tonight.
"Coach said, just be ready because your time will come, so I was just trying to do whatever I could to help me team out and it paid off tonight," said Gallegos.
"I bragged on them maybe too much and I told them the amount of calls that I have gotten from coaches around the country about how hard they played on Sunday was a credit to them," said Sadler. "If it would have been on national TV tonight, I probably would have gotten the same calls that said we were sassy."
Ryan Anderson starred not only on offense, but on defense as well. Anderson finished with four steals, which adds to his team-leading 17 steals on the season. In the win, Anderson also moved into the top 10 of Nebraska's career steal list, with his 130 steals.
"I think I'm a little aggressive," said Anderson of his steals. "It kind of helps playing for four years too. You're here four years, you kind of know the ins and outs, where you anticipate, where not to."
Nebraska's 81 points against the Broncos marks the fourth straight game at the Bob Devaney Center where the team topped more than 70 points. Much of this came from the Huskers tying a school record for best three-point percentage with a 75% mark. Six of those nine three pointers came from freshman Ray Gallegos and Eshaunte Jones. After the game, Doc Sadler said those three-pointers kept his team afloat in the first half.
"If we don't make some three-point shots in that first half, then it's a little different ball game," said Sadler
Nebraska returns to practice tomorrow afternoon to being preparations for the in-state rivalry against the Creighton Blue Jays. That game is scheduled for 4 p.m. for the Qwest Center in Omaha.
Post Game Audio
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