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2009 Dec 29

MBB: Bench Aids Big Red in Blowout

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The opponent - Southern Utah - wasn’t much of a test, but the Nebraska basketball team couldn’t have drawn up a more offensively efficient night in an easy-breezy 94-61 win Tuesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

NU scored its most points of the season and the most since 2005, hit 54 percent of its shots, dished out 18 assists, and despite facing two entirely different defenses - a pressure man-to-man and a soft zone, only committed four turnovers.

And get this - head coach Doc Sadler thought the 10-3 Cornhuskers looked sluggish.

“I thought we’d see a lot more zone than we saw tonight, so that’s really what we practiced on almost in its entirety, so I thought it was awful sluggish offensively,” Sadler said. “But then you look at the points that we scored and when they did go to the zone in the second half and we got some easy baskets.”

Courtesy of a potent post game, headlined by forward Quincy Hankins-Cole, who scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Hankins-Cole also reached the line six times.

“I think it’s important for at least one post guy to score a lot,” he said. “It is important for them to bring attention so it opens things up for the guards to score. As long as you keep it balanced between both, then it’s kind of like pick your poison. They can’t double all of them.”

Sadler played all 13 guys on the bench - Adrien Coleman transferred and Christian Standhardinger isn’t yet eligible - with freshman forward Myles Holley showing up most prominently in the box score. Seven points, 11 rebounds - many of them high-flying affairs. All told, NU had 48 bench points for the night - outpacing the starters, although typical starter Jorge Brian Diaz came off the bench vs. the Thunderbirds.

One lingering concern: Free throws. NU made 20-of-32 overall, and just 6-of-14 in the first half. Diaz, Hankins-Cole and Holley accounted for seven of the 12 misses.

“We have to get that corrected and that’s one area that I don’t know how to get corrected except to just shoot free throws and we have to do that,” Sadler said.

Next up: A Saturday tilt with Maryland Eastern Shore, which lurks in that same spot of the calendar where Maryland Baltimore County came up and nipped the Huskers in 2008.

Tags: mbb, quincy hankins cole, myles holley

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