- Tai Webster drew the first assignment on Penn State’s star freshman PG Tony Carr, their leading scorer and distributor.
- Once again, the Huskers came out looking to feed the big man early. Jordy Tshimanga was 3-of-4 for 6 points by the first media timeout.
- Oh my. Tai Webster left Carr on the deck looking up at him driving baseline for a reverse layup. Carr answered with a long jumper shortly after, however. He scored eight of Penn State’s first 11.
- Nebraska matched it’s first half total of 24 points from the Wisconsin game in less than 9 minutes against Penn State.
- The Glynn Watson Jr.-Jordy Tshimanga pick-and-roll worked beautifully early on. Two perfect pocket passes from Watson led to two easy layups by Tshimanga. Tim Miles said he wanted Watson to be more of a distributor and he’s doing so tonight.
- Man-to-man wasn’t working so Penn State switched to a 2-3 zone on defense to try to slow down the suddenly high-powered Nebraska offense.
- In the final 13.5 seconds, Jordy Tshimanga tried to hand the ball off to Tai Webtser’s face, Mike Watkins grabbed the loose ball and took off, Josh Reaves stole his teammate’s dribble and took it in for a layup, then Tai Webster pushed the ball up court to Jack McVeigh for the half court buzzer-beater.
- The 6-foot-11, 275-pound Tshimanga opened the second half by diving on the floor to secure a loose ball for the Huskers.
- Tai Webster dribbled around in a circle then pump-faked his man into the air then hit a fade away jumper to give the Huskers three players in double figures.
- The Huskers kept their lead between nine and 11 much of the second half until a three-point play by Glynn Watson Jr. and back-to-back dunks by Isaiah Roby pushed the lead to 16 at 63-47, getting the fans on their feet and forcing a Penn State timeout.
- Penn State completely imploded as the Huskers stretched their lead out to 20 at the under-8 timeout.
- Nebraska is getting all the bounces to go its way tonight. Lead up to 23 after Jacobson gets a friendly bounce for his first FG.
- Just when it looked like everything was going Nebraska’s way, Isaiah Roby looked to have turned his ankle while trying to grab an offensive rebound. He had to be helped back to the locker room.
- Nebraska’s hard-working walk-ons got their chance to see the court. Jason Shultis and Mohammad Elradi made their first career appearances while Tanner Borchardt saw the floor for the first time this season after rejoining the team recently. Elradi scored his first points as a Husker on an athletic layup.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.