At halftime, when the Huskers trailed 22-16, and most people that were still watching and awake were probably doubled over in pain, maybe expelling the lunch they just cobbled together from this weeks left overs. It was a disgusting display of basketball. It could sicken the strongest of constitutions. Fortunately for the Huskers, however, they play two halves of basketball. The Huskers used that second 20 minutes of basketball to change the mood of those fans that came back for the second half, rewarding them with a much better performance enroute to picking up their first road victory of the season.
The 16 points the Huskers cobbled together in the first half was their lowest output of any half this season. Worse than the stinker first halves vs. Creighton or Michigan. Northwestern is known for their defensive performances, holding teams well below their season averages and did it again today, holding the Huskers to 14 points below their season average.
In the second half, the Huskers looked more like the team that has found a way to win three of their past five games. They were more aggressive with the basketball, less tentative and it took just more than five minutes into the second half before the Huskers took the lead. Two of Nebraska's most talented scorers led the way. Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford scored the first 14 points of the second half for the Huskers as they raced out to a 30-27 after the break.
NU was able to build their lead to as big as eight, 44-36 but the Wildcats had one last charge in them. Back to back three's from Northwestern's Drew Crawford and a jumper by Tre Demps brought the Wildcats back to even. After a timeout, Walter Pitchford found his touch, hitting a pair of free throws before hitting a big three to cap his career high 15 points and put the Huskers back up by five. The Huskers would add one final dagger three from Petteway who again tallied 17 points after being held to a just five points vs. Michigan on Wednesday.
The final - 53-49, Nebraska!
The Huskers, after finally picking up their first road win, return home to face Illinois Thursday evening, looking to pull within a game of .500 in conference play.