HUSKERS PICK UP FIRST HOME CONFERENCE WIN
It took awhile, but finally happened, the Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up their first home conference win of the season, and first home win since defeating Nicholls State late in December.
“We want the fans to leave with a smile on their face,” said Nebraska senior Dylan Talley. They had every reason to not come after Purdue and Illinois.”
Even Nebraska head coach Tim Miles knew the fans needed to start leaving the Devaney with a different outlook at attitude.
“It was nice to see the Devaney fans leave with a smile on their face,” said Miles. “Those home crowds can really help you.”
AFTER COLD START, GALLEGOS HEATS UP
Ever since an outburst early in the season against USC, it seemed junior guard Ray Gallegos had lost his touch. And after not scoring a single point in the first half, seniors Brandon Ubel and Dylan Talley made sure that he kept on shooting.
“At halftime Brandon and I just stayed in his ear,” said Talley. “We said we need you if were going to win this game, we need you to stay aggressive.”
Even after a scoreless first half, Miles was not short on confidence and knew that Gallegos would knock down the threes eventually.
“I know that if we can get him good looks, he will make them,” said Miles. “We've put him in some tough spots, but tonight he did a really good job for us.”
TALLEY STEPS UP
For the last couple of games, freshman forward Shavon Shields stole the spotlight, not just from the seniors, but also from the entire team. But after a two-point performance against Illinois, and scoring just six points against the Wildcats, focus was back on senior guard Dylan Talley. Talley scored 20 points, and found his rhythm from three point land, which allowed more open shots for the senior.
“I’m just happy we got the win,” said Talley. “We just stayed in attack mode, we moved the ball, and we were being aggressive.
“This is the Big Ten, it's a grind every time out.”
The Huskers have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Minneapolis to take on the No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday.
- Josh Harvey -