Notebook: Huskers overcome slow start

Nebraska opened the season with an 68-40 exhibition win over Midland University.


It wasn't the debut head coach Tim Miles had in mind, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers were able to beat the Midland University Warriors, Wednesday night, 68-40.

"I didn't know what to expect, and that's kind of the way we played. I thought we got off ok," said Miles in his postgame press conference.

Dylan Talley (Stewart Photography)
Despite a disappointing effort from the offense, Tim Miles was himself, cracking a joke about not being able to get the 70th point that all the fans craved.

"Your always grateful to win, but like I told the guys in the locker room, its my first day on the job and your already getting me booed out of the gym, not getting Runza's for everybody," said Miles.


Jump shots, three pointers and turnovers are all an early concern for the Huskers offense. Midland, an NAIA school, held the Nebraska offense to 32.1 percent shooting and 38.5 percent from three-point range in the first half.

"We just got to figure out where are scoring is coming from," said Miles. "I've got to figure out how to get Brandon (Ubel) going. There are some things that I would like to run that will be iffy for a while."


One of the main concerns coming into the season was where the scoring was going to come from. What seems to be an even bigger issue at this point, is getting enough opportunities to score. In the first half alone the Husker offense turned the ball over eight times. The offense was able to cut it down to five turnovers in the second half, totaling 13 for the game.

"I hoped we would have played better offensively," said Miles. "I would have hoped we would have run our stuff a little bit more crisply.


Sophomore David Rivers, one of the few players to come back from last year's team, came off the bench and totaled nine points and five rebounds. Playing behind senior Dylan Talley, playing time will be an issue for the guard, but he made the most of his opportunities Wednesday night.

"David's been a pleasant surprise," said Miles. "David's been a guy that has came in and been more productive then some of our upperclassmen."

After the game Rivers talked about the change from last season to this season.

"It was exciting for sure, everything was new, new coach, new offense, new players, we still have a long ways to go though," said Rivers. "The more games we play, the flow of the offense and the flow of the defense will get better, everything is just so new right now."

David Rivers (Stewart Photography)


* In his first and only game this season, Deverell Biggs scored four points and three assists.

* Senior Dylan Talley was 3-for-12 from the field, but did grab seven rebounds. Talley will be heavily relied upon once the regular season starts.

*Freshman Serbian center Sergej Vucetic had a strong outing with eight points and six rebounds, however, he will be pushed around and bodied more in the post come Big Ten play. Coach Miles mentioned after the game that he would lock him in the weight room for a year if he could.

*Coming off a major knee injury, senior Andre Almeida looked good in his first game back, scoring nine points to go along with eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

* Tonight's attendance was 6,679.

The Huskers start the regular season Sunday night against Southern University at the Devaney Center, 6 p.m. CT.

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