"It's huge," said Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler of his relief level. "You're 0-5 and I thought for four games we played well, we didn't shoot well for a couple of them. It's great, things will be better around my house I hope."
Brandon Richardson led all scorers with 16 points, and was one of three Husker scorers in double-figures. Ryan Anderson finished with 11 points and Brian Diaz finished with 10 points helping lead Nebraska to the win.
The key for the Nebraska win was defense. The Huskers held Oklahoma to a season-low 46 points, and the Sooners shot just 34.9% in the loss. Nebraska also outrebounded the Sooners 36-27, and also finished with 12 offensive rebounds.
"Credit their defense," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jeff Caple. "They're always one of the better defensive teams in the league. Doc (Sadler) does such a great job getting his guys to play hard and teaches defense the right way. Those kids are tough."
Nebraska started fast with a big lead. On the Huskers first possession of the game, Lance Jeter started the scoring with a three pointer. Early in the first half, Nebraska led by as much as eight, before Oklahoma tied the score at 15. Following that, Nebraska never let the lead go.
Late in the second half, Nebraska led by 17, but Oklahoma fought back. Oklahoma went on a 12-4 run to get the Nebraska lead down to nine, and momentarily silence the Bob Devaney Center. But Christian Standhardinger delivered with a layup and a foul, which extended the Husker lead to 12. Nebraska gave their most relentless effort of the season, and in the end, it was enough for the victory.
"Words can't describe how proud I am of everybody, from the person who didn't play that much to the person who played a lot," said NU guard Brandon Richardson. "That's what our coaches talked about. Credit to those guys."
Nebraska has a short turnaround after their first win. The Kansas State Wildcats come to the Devaney Center for a showdown on Tuesday night. NU enters the game after a win, and K-State comes in after a tough loss. Now that Nebraska finally has their first win in the Big 12, the team knows the key to success.
"Coach said to be more aggressive on the defensive end and that's what we did," said Brandon Richardson. "It caused OU to miss some shots and we picked up our intensity to make them force turnovers. We did a great job tonight. Hopefully we can continue that and do it on Tuesday."
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