Nebraska came to play today, playing behind the message of “Hate Will Never Win”, and it worked. The message not only displayed an excellence form of positive unity, but also boosted the amount of energy the Huskers played with all throughout the game.
Nebraska started out scorching hot, going on a 6-0 run right off the bat that forced Steve Pikiell to call a timeout just two minutes into the game.
The Huskers continued to play well after Rutger’s timeout, climbing all the way up to a 20-4 lead at the U12 media timeout.
Yeah, Yeah, a 20-4 lead is great and all...BUT LOOK AT WHAT ISAIAH ROBY DID! HE LITERALLY MADE THE CAMERA SHAKE:
After the 20-4 lead though, Nebraska went on a little bit of a cold spell just as Rutgers started to heat up. A once 16 point lead turned into a five point game with Nebraska leading 27-22 at the U8 media timeout.
For the next couple of minutes, the energy stayed calm, until Duby Okeke blocked two shots and unofficially became a #BlackShirt. Nebraska would head into the halftime with a 37-28 lead, courtesy of yet another balanced offensive attack.
In the first minutes of the second half, Roby unfortunately got his third foul. Fortunately, Jordy Tshimanga came in and provided a huge spark, scoring back to back baskets, one which came off an offensive rebound.
Nebraska would then continue off of Jordy’s baskets with a 10-0 run to tie their biggest lead of 16, with the score 48-32. Corey Sanders tried to cut down the lead, but not one player can do everything in a Big Ten game.
While Nebraska was up by double digits the majority of the game, that didn’t keep the “bench mob” out of it. Multiple times after a basket the bench would do some sort of celebration. It’s great to see everyone so involved with the game and goes to show how much chemistry this team has.
Roby continued to play well coming off of his breakout performance at Minnesota, recording his second double-double of the season with ten points and eleven rebounds. Roby has now shown how valuable he is to this Nebraska lineup, and his presence will be greatly needed in the Big Ten tournament and hopefully on the dance floor in March.
The Huskers take a two-day break before playing Maryland at home this Tuesday, then travel to play the Fighting Illini, and close out with back to back home games against Indiana and Penn State.