Finally, Husker fans. Finally.
It has been a rough couple months for two of the main men’s sports. Basketball started 0-2, while football hasn’t had a no doubter win since Northern Illinois back in September.
But it was smooth sailing Friday night for Nebrasketball in the first official win of the Hoiberg Era as Nebraska(1-2) downed South Dakota State(3-2) 90-73.
“It sure beats what happened in the other two, It’s great to get that first one,” said coach Fred Hoiberg. “I’m happy for our guys, I’m proud of our guys for the way they came in and approached this week and we are going to need another good week heading into this next game Friday and then we play a lot of games in a short amount of time.”
The Huskers jumped out to a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout, shooting 40-percent from the field and holding SDSU to just 1-10 shooting. The explosive first half continued with Nebraska scoring a number of baskets in transition and taking a blistering 57-percent shooting into the break.
“Coach really preached on pace,” said sophomore guard Cam Mack, who would score 14 points in the first half and finish with a game high 24. “He said nobody in the country can run with us. Just kind of picked it up and got the win.”
While Nebraska lead 51-27 at the half, the shooting would drop as SDSU made a couple runs but never threatened.
“I was contemplating multiple times to call a timeout,” said Hoiberg. “Samari [Curtis] hit a big three for us to stop the bleeding at one point. Just again, trying to get your guys to go out there and respond, and I thought our guys did that for the most part.”
The Jackrabbits won the second half 46-39, but it was a 90-73 final in favor of the Huskers.
Three Huskers scored in double figures besides Mack, including junior Dachon Burke Jr.(17), senior Haanif Cheatham(17), and freshman Kevin Cross(10). Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo scored six points to go with his team high 12 rebounds.
“I feel I played good. I missed some shots but I played good,” said Ouedraogo. “My teammates were always with me to push me to say [you’re] good Yvan. I think I played good, and we got the win.”
A pair of Nebraskans got good minutes for SDSU in the game. Freshman Baylor Scheierman(Aurora) scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds while freshman David Wingett(Winnebago) added five points and four rebounds.
The Huskers shot 49.3-percent for the game, including 7-26 from downtown.
Nebraska will host Southern(1-2) Friday, November 22 at 7 pm before heading to the Cayman Islands Classic November 25-27.