Playing against a third consecutive ranked team, Nebraska battled the Bears for the entire game, but in the end, it just wasn't enough. The loss drops the Cornhuskers to 13-11 and 1-8 in Big 12 conference play.
"We just didn't execute and that comes back to me," said Nebraska Head Coach Doc Sadler. "It is my responsibility to have them execute a little bit better than they did."
Nebraska led briefly with just over two minutes to play, but that lead quickly evaporated. An Ekpe Udoh jumper gave Baylor the lead with 26 seconds to go. Nebraska had a chance. A long possession ended with Brandon Richardson throwing up a sloppy three pointer. However, Quincy Acy only hit one of two free throws, which kept the Baylor lead to just two points. But an attempted buzzer beater three-pointer by Lance Jeter was blocked, the ninth and final block from the Bears.
"We were supposed to cross on the baseline, the same thing that we had when Lance (Jeter) got it into (Myles Holley) for the three-point play with the flat ball screen," said Doc Sadler. "We had 12 seconds and you're only down two. You want to take it to the basket so you have what we call baseline. We just didn't get a shot."
The feeling after a tough loss has become a customary feeling ever since conference play began. Nebraska has lost eight of their last nine games, and has battled in every game. Still, Doc Sadler has worked on instilling toughness into his team, and in the end, Brandon Richardson agrees that his Huskers are just not playing tough enough.
"It hurts real bad," said Sophomore Brandon Richardson of the loss. "We do the things that we were supposed to do in the beginning of the game. Then at the end of it, when it counts for the most part, we're not tough. I hope for the rest of the year that we can match or exceed our opponent's toughness. That is what it is going to take to win."
Myles Holley gave the Huskers a bit of energy off the bench. The Junior College transfer, who had scored just 13 points thus far in conference play, delivered 11 points tonight. Holley's contributions included two highlight-reel dunks which energized the Devaney Center crowd. Despite his solid performance, Holley wanted a win more than anything.
"It doesn't mean anything without the win," said Myles Holley. "It's not about me getting my points; it's about the team. If we don't win, it's just like someone scoring 40 and losing. If I had 40, it doesn't matter. You have to win, it's all about the team, and it's not about you. It wasn't about me. I just came to contribute to help my team, with rebounds, a dunk, a block, whatever I have to do. It's all about the team at the end of the day."
There were some positives in the loss. Nebraska held the Baylor offense which averages 78.6 points to just 55 points. Nebraska also turned the ball over just three times during the game, which ties a Nebraska school record.
"It's tough," said Myles Holley. "It's kind of tough right now because we're last in the Big 12. We've got a big burden on our back. We're not matching people's toughness. We have to match people's toughness night in and night out. Without that, people just think we're soft so they'll come straight at us. We're just letting them do it. If we don't knock someone on their butt, or give them one hard foul to let them know we're here, there isn't anything soft or easy in here, then they're just going to continue to do it. We have to get tougher."
Nebraska's schedule just continues to get harder. After playing three consecutive ranked opponents, the Huskers still has two more ranked teams to play. Nebraska travels down to Austin for a matchup with the #14 Texas Longhorns, and then travels to Manhattan for a mid-week battle with the #9 Kansas State Wildcats. Tipoff for the game with Texas is set for 3:00 in Austin. That game can be seen on the Big 12 Network.
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