Nov 16, 2019 1:33 PM

Huskers hand SDSU huge loss, earn Hoiberg first win in Lincoln

Posted Nov 16, 2019 1:33 PM

Courtesy: Husker Athletics

Cam Mack poured in a career-best 24 points and was one of four Huskers in double figures, helping Nebraska defeat South Dakota State, 90-73, Friday night.

The victory improved NU's record to 1-2 and gave Head Coach Fred Hoiberg his first victory since taking over in Lincoln in April.

NU, which never trailed, used a strong first-half performance to take control, shooting 57 percent in leading by as 31 in the opening 20 minutes to take a 51-27 lead into the locker room. 

The Huskers raced off to a 12-2 start, as Dachon Burke Jr. and Hannif Cheatham combined for nine early points for the Big Red, as both players finished with 17 markers. Kevin Cross was the fourth Husker to post double figures with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench.

Douglas Wilson did all he could to keep his team within striking distance early, scoring the first six points of the contest for SDSU, and the visitors were within 26-14 before Nebraska blitz the Jackrabbits with a 19-2 spurt. NU held SDSU to one field goal over a five-minute span, as the Huskers took their largest lead of the half at 45-14 on a Yvan Ouedraogo putback to cap a run of 13 straight points.

Nebraska held the Jackrabbits to 27 percent shooting, including 1-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half. The Huskers placed three in double figures in the opening 20 minutes with 14 from Mack, 12 from Burke and 10 from Cheatham.

In the second half, SDSU was never able to cut the deficit to less than 17 points. The Jackrabbits were within 56-53 with 16:49 left, but Nebraska used 13-6 spurt as Cross scored six of 10 point off the bench to stretch the lead back to 30. From there, the Huskers were in control and never led by less than 17 points.

For the contest, the Huskers scored 16 points off of 13 Jackrabbit turnovers. Many of those turnovers led to fastbreak opportunities, and Nebraska capitalized, scoring 20 fastbreak points overall. Defensively, the Big Red held SDSU to 3-of-21 shooting (14.3 percent) from behind the arc.  

Wilson turned in a strong performance in a losing effort, finishing with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, as SDSU fell to 3-2 on the season with its second straight setback.

The Huskers return to action next Friday, Nov. 22, when the Huskers host Southern. 

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Nov 16, 2019 1:33 PM
Hot start, cold finish for CSC women in loss to Bemidji State

By: Kaleb Center

CSC Sports Information Director

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – November 15, 2019 -- Chadron State College's women's basketball team led by as many as seven points in the first half, and went into halftime up 29-24, but its shooting percentage iced up in the second and the Bemidji State Beavers raced ahead to a 58-42 win on a neutral court at the University of Sioux Falls.


"We started out okay," said CSC Head Women's Basketball Coach Janet Raymer, "but we were lackadaisical throughout the game. In the second half we just didn't come back to the gym. Mentally and physically, we weren't ready, coming out of the locker room."


On the plus side, the Eagles matched their lowest turnover total since January, coughing up the ball only 13 times. Most of those were considered forced, as the Beavers were credited with eight steals.


CSC also shot well from the free throw line, although only two players attempted eight shots all game. Junior Taryn Foxen, who was the second-leading scorer for Chadron State with 11 points, hit all four of her foul shots, while Jordan Morris was 3-for-4.


Chadron State fell behind 10-6 after the opening tip, but got five points from Morris and four more from leading scorer Melisa Kadic, in just three minutes before the first intermission, to take a 17-13 lead. Kadic finished with 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting.


There was a lull in scoring for both teams in the second period. CSC went more than four minutes without a field goal, and just one rebound, but stayed in the lead by drawing fouls and creating turnovers.


The Eagles led 29-22 with 36 second until the half, when Foxen put up a three-pointer and then Olivia Jolley got her first field goal of the year on an offensive second chance. Bemidji guard Trinity Myer cut it to 29-24 just before the buzzer.


Coming out of the midpoint break, Chadron State shot 2-of-14 from the field in the third frame and saw its five-point lead turn into a nine-point deficit. Myer, the game's leading scorer with 22 points, gained eight of those in the third quarter while CSC committed six of its 13 turnovers in that 10-minute window.


The Eagles finished the third quarter with only five points for the second time this year.


Much of the same occurred in the fourth, when the Eagles were 4-of-18 shooting and were out-rebounded 18-6.


Total rebounds in the game were 33-18 in the Beavers' favor. Myer also led all players with 12 boards.


Morris grabbed eight rebounds for the Eagles to lead the team.


"We'll try to get some rest," said Raymer, "and hopefully learn something from some film, and go back out tomorrow to face a pretty good Sioux Falls team."


The game was Bemidji state's season opener. Chadron State fell to 1-2 in non-conference games.