LINCOLN, Neb - Coming off a full week of no games, the Nebraska Cornhuskers came back with urgency, and picked up a 67-53 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night at the Devaney Center.
In a game that saw over 50 fouls called and 70 free throws shot, both teams were very familiar with the charity stripe by the time the game was over. With the refs calling any and all contact a foul, the game plan instantly changes, and getting to the basket becomes more important.
“We did a good job of recognizing how the game was being called, and attacking the rim,” said senior forward Brandon Ubel. “We didn’t settle for jump shots.”
And for a team that is one of the worst in the Big Ten getting to the line, even Ubel knew the game had a different pace.
“We were attacking more, headed to the rim instead of being a little hesitant,” said Ubel. “It had a different pace to it.”
With a smile on his face and a chuckle, Nebraska head coach head coach Tim Miles thought everyone was getting their fair share of chances at the line Saturday night.
“I think everyone was going to the line tonight,” said Miles.
Patrick Chambers Penn State Nittany Lions are at the bottom of the Big Ten when it comes to three point shooting. And it makes the game plan a whole lot easier when you can take away one part of the offense and not be hurt by the other.
“Our game plan was solid,” said Miles. “They haven’t made a lot of threes, so if you can win the paint defensively, you can make it hard on them.”
The Huskers' (12-12, 3-8) next game will be Wednesday, when they take on the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers, in Bloomington, Indiana.
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