Nebraska 65, S. Dakota 48
Caleb Walker scored a career-high 16 points to lead Nebraska to
a 65-48 win over South Dakota on Friday night. But it was
rebounding that got Walker going.
”Caleb shot the ball well,” said Nebraska coach Doc Sadler.
”But he got open shots. He’s supposed to make those. What got
Caleb off to a good start was he got a couple offensive
Walker, who scored Nebraska’s first seven points, four of them
on putbacks, agreed.
”It definitely did,” Walker said of rebounds getting him
started. ”I just thought I wanted to help my team out, going as
hard as I could to the boards.”
The Cornhuskers (1-0) took control with an 11-2 run that ended
on a Dylan Talley 3-pointer that made the score 31-18 with 2:55
remaining before halftime.
Louie Krogman had 16 points to lead South Dakota (0-1), which
opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Charlie Westbrook that
cut the Nebraska lead to nine. But the Coyotes got no closer.
Nebraska struggled to score in the half court against South
Dakota’s zone defense. But it got several easy baskets in
transition, which Sadler hopes will be a regular occurrence this
”I think we’ve got some talented guys on the wing that can
score some baskets or just go get a shot,” he said. ”I don’t know
we’ve had that (before).”
The Cornhuskers held South Dakota to 31-percent shooting from
the floor and had a 45-29 rebounding edge.
”I thought (the defense) was pretty good,” Sadler said.
”They’re hard for us to guard because they spread out everything
so well. Last year, we gave up 68 points (to South Dakota). This
year, we held them to 48. That was pretty good.”
What wasn’t good, Sadler said, was Nebraska’s 12 for 19
free-throw shooting and 18 turnovers. Also, South Dakota managed 10
Nebraska has won 11 consecutive season-opening games and 25
straight non-conference contests. Friday’s game was the
Cornhuskers’ first as a member of the Big Ten.
Jorge Brian Diaz had 11 points for Nebraska, and Brandon
Richardson and Talley added 10 points each.
Westbrook had 10 points for the Coyotes.