Ryan Anderson entered the press conference with a big bruise beneath his eye.
"I got in a fight," Anderson said jokingly as he got to the podium. "That's what happens when you get down there in the paint. That's where all of the bleeding goes down."
Anderson's bruise is symbolic of the gritty effort Nebraska put forth en route to a 50-44 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. The Cornhuskers posted their lowest point total of the season with 50 points, but played one of their better defensive efforts against the Beavers.
So is an ugly win a bad win?
"Not at all," said senior forward Ryan Anderson. "Win the game, it doesn't matter how the score goes. You can't control everything. If I could control everything, I would have made all those shots I shot today. You can't control all that, you've just got to give everything you've got and let the ball fall where it may."
Anderson finished the game with 16 points and 14 rebounds, which gives the senior his third career double-double.
""It's unbelievable," said Nebraska coach Doc Sadler. "Ryan is consistently a guy that, as you well know every game, is going to bring it as much as anybody. He runs down rebounds, and his energy is just contagious. But I see it every day from him, for him to get the amount of rebounds that he gets. It's the intangibles that Ryan brings that's just as important."
Being one of three seniors on the 2009-10 Nebraska team, there is a little added pressure to Ryan Anderson. Anderson has become the vocal and emotional leader for the Huskers, and according to Sadler, his effort is the key for the team's success.
"Well, you don't have a chance to win without them," said Sadler. "I think all of our team played well. Obviously Ryan was a little bit quicker than everybody else tonight to the ball and to the rebounds, but that's what happens when you chase everything. He's probably disappointed that he missed a couple of shots that really could have put the dagger in them, and if he would have done that, I would have been even more happy."
In the victory, Nebraska posted a season-low 36.5% field goal percentage, which includes a 0-11 effort with three pointers. But things turned around late in the second half. Ryan Anderson nailed the Huskers' first three pointer of the game, and then minutes later, Lance Jeter and Ray Gallegos hit consecutive threes to extend the Nebraska lead to nine.
"Obviously, going into the game, I knew it was going to be difficult to score," said Sadler after the game. "When you play a team that commits itself to playing the way they do defensively, when you haven't really played a team that is like that, then you've got some concerns. And they're holding teams to 58 points, so I knew we were going to struggle. I didn't know that we'd go 0-for-11 or so on the first 11 3s, but to our guys' credit, they hit three (3-pointers) at an important time."
With the win, Nebraska advances to 7-2, with two of those wins coming against Pac-10 teams (the other win coming against USC). After playing three games in one week, Nebraska now has a week off before playing again on Saturday against Jackson State.
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