Nebraska’s slow start doomed them again this season. This time it was against in state rival Creighton. Creighton has now has a 6 game win streak over the Huskers as they traveled down to Lincoln to claim a 15 point victory.
The Huskers still have scoring droughts that plague them from last season. This contest saw them held to shooting just 32.4% from the field. A percentage like that will keep you from staying in any contest, let along against the #10 team in the nation.
Creighton got up early in the game while the Huskers had a hard time finding the basket. Nebraska scoured first but that joy was short lived. The Bluejays quickly took the lead and went on a 14-2 scoring run in the first six minutes of play.
Nebraska wasn’t done just yet. They fought hard on the back of Tai Weber who helped bring the Huskers within one at the end of the first half, 31-30. The teams seemed energized and focused for the first time in the game. Creighton was put on their heels.
However, this is a Creighton team that is known to take over the second half. I’m sure Coach Miles did what he could during the halftime talk, but it wasn’t going to stop the Bluejays from delivering the second half stomp.
Whatever momentum Nebraska had was short lived. The Big Red did play toe to toe for the first few minutes. Fouls started adding adding up. Nebraska’s offensive productivity started to stall once Webster got his 4th and was benched. The Husker defense kept things going for as long as they could but once the offense went cold there was little to follow up on when Creighton did start to score again.
Tai Webster ended the night leading the team with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. There was a significant drop off after him. Glynn Wastson Jr. Followed with 9 points. Ed Morrow had 2 points but lead the defensive effort with 13 rebounds.
Isaiah Roby came off the bench to help out with 8 rebounds and 4 points. The freshman has talent and will only improve as time goes on. He did what he could against Creighton.
In the end, the better team won. Creighton came in with a productive starting five and a loaded bench. Any team will have their hands full with them this year.
As for Nebraska, all I can say is that we are young. We have the talent. You can see it in a lot of the past losses this year. It just might take a little bit longer to get things going.
The Huskers head to Lawrence Kansas on Saturday to take on our old conference foes Kansas. This will be the second top ten team in a row for Nebraska as Kansas is currently rated #3 in the country.
Stay strong and stay positive Husker Nation. We’ve still got a lot of basketball to play.