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Huskers Use Fast Start to Run Past Red Wolves

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Looking to right the ship after last weeks debacle vs. Creighton, the Huskers rode a 15-2 run to start the game to victory over Arkansas State.

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If the start of this game was any indication, the taste of getting embarrassed by rival Creighton lingered all week. There was very little to feel good about after that.  The Huskers got out to a fast start vs. the Arkansas St. Red Wolves hitting three times from three point territory to take a 15-2 lead, which they never relinquished.  The Huskers built their lead as big as 28 points, 63-35, in the second half before the Wolves were able to chip it down to the 79-67 final score.

Nebraska was effective defensively, creating 21 ASU turnovers, turning those into 16 points.  NU held an Arkansas State team who was on a three game winning streak and had eclipsed 86 each game of that streak and twice topped 95 to just 64 points.  The Huskers also had a season high 19 assists on 29 made baskets.  While the turnovers were also a season high, NU was left encouraged by their distribution of the ball.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Asked about NU’s 19 assists on 29 made FGs, Shields and Pitchford said to quote them w/ an emoji "thumbs up" symbol. Kids these days.</p>&mdash; Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobinWashut/statuses/411998917492891648">December 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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The Huskers were led by Walter Pitchford's double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Joining Pitchford in the double figures club was Shavon Shields, Terran Petteway and Ray Gallegos who scored 15, 11 and 13 respectively.

The Huskers will take this week off as they head into finals week and enter their final tune-ups before conference play gets cranked up. They next take the floor vs. The Citadel next Saturday night at 7:30 before taking to the road for three straight.