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Lincoln, NE- In what started as a defensive battle in the first half, the three point line became friendly to Creighton, as the Blue Jays defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 64-42, Thursday night in Lincoln.
HUSKERS START COLD, STAY COLD
Coming off one of their best performances of the season against USC on Monday night, the Huskers offense started cold and stayed cold the entire night. Dylan Talley shot just 5-for-16 from the field, and Ray Gallegos was held to just five points, after a 20 point performance against the Trojans Monday night.
“I thought Creighton did a really good job,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. “I thought they didn’t gives us angles to attack the basket, we couldn’t get fouled, we couldn’t get a rhythm.”
A bright side was the defense played pretty well, a slight run in the middle of the second half on a couple of wide open three’s, would kid of shoot Creighton ahead, but the defense played pretty well as Miles and Creighton head coach Greg McDermott acknowledged.
“We were not good one offense, we have to get better," said Miles.
MCDERMOTT AND CREIGHTON LIVE UP TO HYPE
Picked as a pre-season all-American, Doug McDermott lived up to the hype with a 27 point performance. The Blue Jays often created many screening situations where McDermott would have point guards Mike Peltz or Benny Parker on him in the post.
“They are who we thought they were, “said Miles jokingly. “They’re going to be hard for a lot of people to beat”.
AFTER HUGE GAME, GALLEGOS COMES UP SHORT
Gallegos coming off a 20-point game just three days ago, was silenced Thursday night. Ray was just one of five from three point range, and two for eight from the field overall.
“They did a nice job taking Ray out of action,” said Miles.
Miles acknowledged that some things could have been done better to get him more open shots, but did not try them until late in the second half.
“Different screening actions, he’s not a ball in hand guy, but he rarely feels comfortable doing that."
The Huskers have a nine day layoff before they travel to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Oregon Ducks.
- Josh Harvey -