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Nebraska 58 Samford 69

Huskers fall after finals

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Samford gets free Runzas. They broke the 65 point mark and won the game.

Well, they probably don't get free Runzas, but they should. The Bulldogs came into our own house and won. They wanted to win and put the effort in.

Nebraska didn't come into this game looking to lose. They wanted a win just as much as anyone else. But something just didn't click.

The first half was won by the Huskers but they never seemed to be totally in it. They lead 30-26 at halftime but there were moments where you wouldn't have guessed it. Maybe a week off was too much.

Samford picked up their game in the second half. They went on a 23-6 run and rarely looked back once they picked up the lead. Tai hit a three with about 3 minutes left in the game to cut Samford's lead by 7 but that was as close as the Huskers got to taking it back.

Turnovers killed the Big Red as Samford's zone defense created 17 turnovers and kept then shooting just 6 of 22 from the 3 point line.

The Huskers were lead by the usual suspects but that was about it. Outside of the top guys, there wasn't much behind them in support. Shavon Shields lead with a strong 25 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew White III ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tai Webster rounded up the top with 7 points.

Samford was lead by Christen Cunningham who had 20 points and 4 rebounds. He was followed by Darius Jones-Gibson who had 15 and Wyatt Walker with 14. The Bulldogs played with just enough intensity and teamwork to pull off the upset. These boys are well coached and should do well once the conference season gets underway.

Nebraska still lacks strong leadership on the floor. Coaching can only get a team so far and there needs to be more of a drive from the team. It was something that hindered the team last year and seems to sill be lingering.

And, at least we have this to hang our hat on...

The Huskers will come back on Tuesday, December 22nd to play Prairie View A&M before Christmas.