North Dakota did everything it could to beat Nebraska on Wednesday night in Lincoln. Nebraska, did almost everything they could to lose it.
It was an uninspired performance but the Cornhuskers ended up putting together a win before Christmas by beating the Fighting Hawks 83-75 on the last night of fall.
Call it grit, but Nebraska did do what they needed to keep their winning record strong. You have to give it to the team, they did pull off the win in the end.
A win against a team that had half the talent that the Huskers had but by far more grit and determination to hopefully take the win back home to Grand Forks before the holiday. It was a disappointing loss for the Hawks but a relief for the Husker faithful.
Junior forward Rienk Mast was out for the game. He had cleanup surgery on his knee this past Monday. It was minor so he should be back in early January. He was not suited up but was walking with a slight limp during warmups.
I did not think his absence would matter much against North Dakota, but maybe it was? Maybe his absence was the missing spark in the Huskers gameplan for the night?
Whatever it was, the Huskers were able to pull it together at half time. Not coming out the strongest but brought it together in the end. At one point, going on a 12-0 run that fueled the team towards victory.
The Huskers were lead by C.J. Wilcher who came off the bench. In a game where the starters could not buy a bucket early on, C.J. was the player who was the most consistent from start to finish. He had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist on the night.
Both Jamaraques Lawrence and Keisi Tominaga, each starters, ended with sixteen points on the night. Each finished strong but seemed to struggle finding the basket through the night. They both accounted for many of the missed shots in the game.
All in all, the end of the game saw all four starters with double digit points. Jamaraques and Keisi were joined by Josiah Allick who had ten points, Juwan Gary and Brice Williams who both had twelve points. Gary lead the teams in rebounds. Pulling down twelve for the evening.
The Huskers will be back in action on Friday, December 29th at 6:30pm in Lincoln where they will take on South Carolina State to end the non conference slate.