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Nebraska Men’s Basketball Recap: Nebraska breezes past the SC State Bulldogs 91-62

And it wasn’t even that close...

NCAA Basketball: North Dakota at Nebraska Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

First Half Analysis:

Well I’ll be honest, this one got out of hand in a damn hurry, and in a good way. Nebraska opened up the game on a 12-0 run as South Carolina State didn’t score for the first 6 minutes. Things didn’t get much better for the Bulldogs, as they committed more turnovers (7), than they made field goals (5) in the entire first half. Nebraska went on multiple scoring droughts of 3+ minutes themselves, but it didn’t make much of a difference in this one. Nebraska played solid defense, moved the ball very well and finished the first half up 50-11.

SC State shot a rather horrendous 5-42 for 11.9% from the floor in the first half. They went 1-13 for 7.7% from 3-point land. The Bulldogs committed 7 turnovers. They did collect 7 offensive rebounds, which was the only bright spot in the entire half for the team.

Bulldogs’ leading scorer Davion Everett had 6 of the 11 points in the first half. Everett also led SC State with 8 rebounds while Caleb McCarty had 5.

Nebraska shot 16-29 for 55.2% from the floor in the first half, including 5-15 for 33.3% from deep. The Huskers finished the half with 35 rebounds, but only 4 of them on the offensive glass. Nebraska had 13 assists on their 16 field goals. As a team, the Huskers had more made field goals, made free-throws, assists, fast break points and points in the paint than SC State did points in the first half.

Nebraska was led by Brice Williams with 12 points while C.J Wilcher had 9 and Josiah Allick had 8. Allick and Williams had 6 rebounds each. Juwan Gary had 3 blocks in the first half.

Second Half Analysis:

The second half was all about the bench getting some valuable minutes for Nebraska. The entire starting lineup was removed with more than 8 minutes left to play. It left something to be desired though, as Nebraska committed 13 turnovers in the second half alone. SC State shot the ball massively better, and Jordan Simpson was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, scoring all 17 of his points in the second half. Every Husker player scored in the second half, outside of Matar Diop, who was the only Husker held scoreless all night. Overall, a sloppy second half for a game that was so far out of hand it really didn’t matter.

Final Stats and Thoughts:

The Bulldogs finished the night shooting 23-74 for 31.1% from the floor. They shot way better in the second half, scoring 51 of their 62 points by going 18-32 for 56.3%. SC State finished 5-23 for 21.7% from the three-point line and 11-15 for 73.3% from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs finished with 40 rebounds, 13 of which came offensively. They finished with 9 assists and 19 turnovers. They never led in the ballgame.

Jordan Simpson led the way with 17 points, all of them coming in the second half. Michael Teal finished with 11 and Raquan Brown finished with 10. Bulldog leading scorer Davion Everett finished with 6 points. Everett led the way with 8 rebounds, while Brown had 7 and Caleb McCarty had 6.

The Huskers finished the night shooting 29-61 for 47.5% from the floor. Nebraska shot 9-30 for 30.0% from the three-point line and 24-32 for 75.0% from the free-throw line. Nebraska finished with 22 assists on their 29 made field goals, but also committed 20 turnovers, many of which came after the starters had been rested. Nebraska finished with 50 rebounds, including 10 offensively. The largest lead of the night was 49 points.

Multiple Huskers finished in double figures in scoring, with C.J Wilcher scoring a team high 18 points off the bench. Brice Williams had 16, while Eli Rice and Josiah Allick had 10 a piece. Allick, Williams and Sam Hoiberg all had 7 rebounds for Nebraska.

Nebraska was on cruise control for almost the entire game, as it started out on a 12-0 run and never looked back. A little sloppiness in the second half on both ends of the floor will make Coach Hoiberg a little bit unhappy, although with the game out of reach it did seem as though it was a tad hard to focus.

Nebraska will resume B1G action on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024. They will take on the Indiana Hoosiers at home. Tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena is at 8pm CST, and the game will be televised on BTN.