The Nebraska win snapped the team's seven game losing streak. For Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler, the win just feels good.
"I think if anything it's just relief," said Sadler after the game. "I told (the media) these guys have played so hard, practiced so hard and they've deserved better than they've gotten. They've stayed the course and it would have been easy to not (do that)."
The win came as a relief for the entire team. Freshman guard Brandon Ubel, who posted a career high in scoring, admitted that the win had the entire locker room feeling good.
"We were all extremely happy just because we've had so many close games that could have gone either way," Ubel said. "We didn't make plays down the stretch or they made plays down the stretch (in previous games). It's just nice to finally, especially for us, to make those plays. I think have figured out what we really need to do to win and how hard we have to play."
Nebraska trailed by 13 points early in the second half, but suddenly went on a tear. The Huskers went on a 27-6 run in the next 11:02, which gave them an eight point lead. That lead disappeared quickly, as the Red Raiders battled back.
Trailing by two points with 30 seconds to go, Red Raider junior forward D'walyn Roberts drilled a two-pointer to tie the game at 62. Nebraska had the last possession, and NU head coach Doc Sadler put the last shot in the hands of Brandon Richardson. But Richardson's fade away jumper rimmed out, sending the game to overtime.
The excitement grew once again in overtime. TTU's junior guard John Roberson hit a pair of clutch free throws to give his Red Raiders a one point lead. Nebraska was given a chance to win the game on a last possession once again. As Lance Jeter drove to the hoop, he drew a foul, which gave him two free throws that could have won the game. Jeter missed the first, and hit the second. The Red Raiders were unable to hit a potential-winning shot, and the game went to double overtime.
Nebraska took a 81-76 lead with less than a minute to go when Nick Okorie drained a three pointer. The Red Raider senior guard finished with 28 points, but it was not enough. Lance Jeter closed the game with a pair of free throws, and the Huskers held on to the victory.
Nebraska was led by four double-figure scorers. Sek Henry led all scorers with 21 points, Brandon Richardson had 15 points, Brandon Ubel had 14 points, and Ryan Anderson had 12 points.
Henry's 21 points gave Nebraska their fourth-consecutive game with a scorer over 20 points. Before that span, the Huskers had just four 20+ point games in 25 games. After the game, Henry didn't care about stats, he was just happy to be finished with his slump.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," Henry told the media after the game. "I know I've been struggling and have been like a roller coaster. The last few times it's been really, really low and I haven't really produced anything but defense. It just seemed like today that I could just feel like they needed my help and I just tried to help that overall and hit big shots. I did whatever I had to do to help this team win. I was hitting. I was happy that I finally just was able to have a really good game, offensively, too. I'm happy for myself and I hope the consistency keeps going from here."
Nebraska returns to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for a final time, when they take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00 CT. for that game, and the four Nebraska seniors will be honored before the game.
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