NU MBB: Huskers beat Mary 70-38

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Postgame Notes

*-Nebraska’s 38 points allowed ties for the seventh-lowest in school history, and lowest by a Husker team since allowing 37 points to Savannah State on Dec. 11, 2007.
*-Nebraska has not trailed in either of its two games this season.

*-All 10 players who saw action scored in Tuesday’s win, as no starter played more than 20 minutes.
*-Nebraska’s bench scored 30 of NU’s 70 points after combining for nine in the season opener.
*-Jack McVeigh dished out a career-high four assists to lead the Huskers. His previous best was three, set on a pair of occasions last year.

*-Tai Webster has now been in double figures in five of NU’s last six games dating back to last season, as he tied for team-high honors with 10 points.

*-Freshman Jordy Tshimanga led NU with eight rebounds and tied for team-high honors with two blocked shots.

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles

On how good it was to get some of the new players more minutes in the second half

“Yeah, I thought it was good that the newcomers could get on the floor, kind of get to a point where you’re tired and you’re starting to concentrate on how to play, what to do, you know, what happens. {University of Mary Head Coach] Joe Kittell’s been with me at two different schools in a lot of different capacities. I thought he was going to control tempo tonight and he was not going to let that game get away from him. That tests your patience too, not only on the defensive end, to play to the final buzzer, but then on the offensive end. I thought we played pretty good defense the whole night, but we got real impatient on offense. We went down and rushed some shots, took a whole bunch of three’s the first half, and then turned it over plenty in the second half. And that’s where, you know, regardless of opponent, whatever, there’s a way to play, and I thought we played solid defense, but then on the offensive end, I wasn’t happy with our patience.”

On whether the offense’s impatience was due to not seeing a lot of zone defense before Mary

“He mixed it up, he went two-two-one to man and two-two-one to zone, there was only about eight or nine possessions of the true zone. And, you know, I thought we were pretty close to a point of possession there on them, so it was more the- just, I think, the length of possessions on offense really, you know, the fact that we guarded the clock the whole time. And then you come down and get a little jumpy, ‘Well, we’re only up 17 or 19,’ well, that’s a lot in a game like this.”

On what Coach Miles noticed in his new players who got more minutes this game

“It’s hard when all the new guys just play together. It’s better when one or two are just playing with the top guys. I thought [freshman forward] Jeriah Horne did a nice job in his minutes. I thought [freshman forward Isaiah] Roby had a better performance tonight, and I thought [junior guard] Evan Taylor did some good things, but [junior guard] Anton Gill looks like he’s pressing to me. We just need to get him relaxed, get him up to speed, and Jordy [Tshimanga, freshman center] was better. He, I mean, Jordy and Isaiah Roby are going to impact the game, I don’t care, good or bad. I mean, like, it’s either, when they go in, something’s happening, and like I said, it could be catastrophic or it could be really good. So, you know, those guys are important to us, that we have them in a good position to be successful.”

Nebraska Players

Tai Webster: On freshman getting a lot of playing time:

“I think it’s really good for our growth. Especially intertwining them in with starters and stuff like. That is awesome to see them out there, and I think in the long run it’s going to pay dividends.”

Isaiah Roby: On bench being motivated by Coach Tim Miles to play better than Sunday:

“After Sunday night, he kind of challenged the bench, because I think we had like nine points, or something bad. He challenged us to step our game up tonight. We still have a lot to work on, obviously—execution-wise, just jelling as a team-wise. I think we stepped up a little bit more.”

Tai Webster: On the unity of the team:

“The tightest it’s been while I’ve been here. It’s a whole different feel—great friends off the court, obviously kind of forced to be friends on the court. We have a lot more ‘buy-in’ factor this year. We’ve had a couple of years now that we haven’t really reached out goals and stuff. I think everyone’s kind of realized we can’t do it all individually and we really need team to come together to achieve all our goals and stuff. Individual goals come from us coming together and achieving our team goals.”

Michael Jacobson: On being a coach to younger players:

“It is a little bit different than last year. Your head’s kind of spinning as a freshman and you’re trying to learn and take in as much as you can. This year, being a sophomore, I feel like I have more of a grasp of team concepts overall. It is a little bit different giving advice, but I feel like I’m trying to do the best job I can. He’s (Tai Webster) doing a great job to, and I feel like our other guys, Glynn Watson and Jack McVeigh are doing a nice job of just—multiple guys constantly in their ear trying to help them out, clear their heads, and just tell them whatever we can.”

University of Mary Head Coach Joe Kittell
Opening Statement on Playing at Nebraska
“It was awesome. We had a lot of energy early and it affected our shots. It took us a long time to start putting the ball in the basket, but I’m proud of them. The guys played hard. We did a really good job defensively. We stuck to the game plan of playing a little bit slower than what we normally do. But I am really proud of the guys. They played their hearts out. We were trying to keep them under 70, but the big fellow (Tshimanga) made two free throws. At the end of the day, I think this is a great experience for our guys. I think it made us better. I think we played well enough to hang our heads high. I am really excited about coaching this team even farther.”

On good experience for conference games
“There’s not going to be any atmosphere that’s going to be more hostile than this. As far as that goes, our guys understand that, played in it, and it shouldn’t bother us anymore. Really excited about this group, I know we’re zero and three right now but there are a lot of good kids out there. They want to win, they want to get better.”