Official Husker Locker Blog
2010 Dec 22
MEN'S HOOPS: NU Smothers Grambling
This time Grambling State – playing for the first time in ten days - was the lamb sent to slaughter amidst NU's tall trees, as the Huskers (10-2) romped 79-39 in their last game of 2010.
Nebraska's defense dominated , pounding the Tigers on the board 48-33 and holding GSU to 25 percent shooting. Grambling hit just 2 of 24 attempts from 3-point range; many of those shots were pitiable flings early in the shot clock, as if the Tigers were just waking up from a long hoops slumber and reflexively opted for the first open look presented to them.
“I think more than anything you could tell that Grambling State has been off for 10 days,” head coach Doc Sadler said. “The team that we saw on tape against Vanderbilt and North Texas was not the same team that came in here. I think we had a little to do with that.”
NU's offense awoke midway through the first half, as guard Ray Gallegos – who finished with a career-high 15 points – slipped around screens and sliced through GSU's defense for mid-range jumpers and an alley-oop jam. He hit 7 of 10 shots for the game.
“Once you hit a couple shots, for anybody who can shoot, they’ll be able to knock consecutive shots down,” Gallegos said. “For me, I just haven’t been able to get going. Hopefully, it’s coming back. Today I shot the ball pretty well.”
Center Jorge Brian Diaz anchored himself to the blocks and also hit 7-of-10 shots over the smaller Tigers. Nebraska owned a 42-12 advantage in the paint.
Next up: A tilt with North Dakota Jan. 2.
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