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2010 Nov 21

MENS HOOPS: NU Scraps Out Win in PR


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Doc Sadler left for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic thinking that his Nebraska men's basketball team was the deepest and most talented bunch he had coached in Lincoln.

He'll return from San Juan with a disappointing 1-2 record and some serious question marks about the Huskers' backcourt, which struggled in losses to Vanderbilt (59-49) and Davidson (70-67) before turning the tide in a 62-47 win over Hofstra Sunday morning.

NU (3-2) broke out of a perimeter shooting slump against the Pride by hitting 6-of-12 shots from 3-point range. In the first two games, Nebraska had made just 2-of-21 from beyond that cruel arc.

“I know the shots will start falling for us because we’re good shooters," Sadler said.

After falling behind 8-2 in the opening three minutes, the Huskers went on a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 16-12 lead. From there, the teams traded baskets until Ray Gallegos and Bear Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 24-18.

Nebraska led 32-21 at halftime and quickly stretched the lead in the second half with baskets from eight different Huskers. Hofstra never got closer than 12 in the game's final ten minutes. The Huskers' zone defense seemed to stifle the Pride, which lost to North Carolina and Western Kentucky earlier in the tournament.

Rebounding from two poor games in a row, Brandon Richardson scored 6 points and dished out 7 assists. Gallegos came off the bench to score 8 points. Caleb Walker pitched in 7 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jorge Brian Diaz, returning to his home commonwealth, finished with 11 as NU shot 55 percent for the game.

The Huskers won't play again until Saturday when they host Southern California.

Tags: mens hoops, doc sadler, ray gallegos, brandon richardson, caleb walker, jorge brian diaz

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