Men’s Basketball Team Opens Up Bahamas Trip With Victory
Nassau, Bahamas – Ray Gallegos' 18 points led five Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska showed little rust in posting a 117-72 victory over Y-Care Wreckers Tuesday evening.
The Huskers, who improved to 1-0 on their five-game foreign tour, came out firing, hitting 25-of-35 shots in the opening 20 minutes in building a 57-34 halftime lead. Gallegos led the charge, hitting 7-of-9 from the floor, including both 3-point attempts, while junior college transfer Caleb Walker had 16 points, connecting on seven of eight shots from the floor.
Christian Standhardinger had 16 points, five board and three steals while Brandon Ubel totaled 15 points and six rebounds. Toney McCray rounded out the Huskers in double figures with 10 points and matched Ubel for team-high honors with six rebounds.
In all, Nebraska hit 61 percent, including nine 3-pointers in a 45-point victory. The Huskers had 26 assists, including six by Brandon Richardson and had 12 players break into the scoring column while no player played more the 22 minutes.
Nebraska took control early, as Gallegos hit a pair of jumpers in a 9-0 spurt to give the Huskers an early seven-point lead, at 9-2. The Huskers led 31-21 at the end of the first quarter before Y-Care pulled within 33-25 at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter. That would be as close as the hosts would get, as Christian Standhardinger scored five of his seven first-half points in a 12-3 spurt that gave the Huskers a 45-27 lead after a Gallegos bucket. Nebraska eventually pushed the lead to 24 points, at 55-31 after a Tony McCray basket and led by 23 at the break before cruising in the second half.
The Huskers continue the trip on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (central)
Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler
“We were hoping to play on Sunday, and we hadn't practiced since Thursday, so I was very pleased with how we came out tonight. One of the positive things was we had 26 assists and shot over 60 percent, so I though we shared the ball very well. As in all games, you can find things you didn't like, but I thought the effort was tremendous and the enthusiasm of our bench was great all night. Those are some of the things you don't talk about with a team, but you are pleased when you see it. It was a good start for us.”
On Ray Gallegos
More than anything, he practiced very well over the last two weeks and it carried over. I was also pleased with Christopher's (Niemann) work. He may not have scored a lot of points, but he was a presence for us tonight in the time he was in. He made some great defensive plays and did a very nice job down low.