Huskers Struggle with 'Jays
Lincoln - Nebraska's cold-shooting night proved costly, as the Huskers dropped a 64-42 decision to No. 16 Creighton Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
A sellout crowd of 13,368 - the Huskers' first non-conference sellout since 2006 - saw the Huskers held to a season-low 32.1 percent from the floor, including 25 percent in the first half, as the Bluejays (8-1) jumped out to a 28-17 halftime lead and were in control for much of the night.
All-American Doug McDermott led all scorers with 27 points for the Bluejays, while Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Creighton, which snapped the Huskers' two-game win streak and picked up its first win in Lincoln since 2004.
Seniors Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel led the Huskers (6-2) with 14 and 10 points respectively, while Ubel grabbed eight boards in a losing effort. Nebraska held Creighton to a season-low 64 points, nearly 20 points below its season average, but NU missed 13 of its first 18 shots and never got untrack offensively.
The matchup between the two rivals was a defensive battle for most of the half, as both offenses were held in check for the first 20 minutes and neither team shot better than 40 percent from the field. Nebraska was within 14-12 with 6:39 left following a Ray Gallegos basket, but the Bluejays ran off seven straight points as part of a 10-2 spurt to build a 24-14 advantage.
In the second half, Nebraska got baskets on its first two possessions to pull within 32-21 and was within 40-28 after a Shavon Shields' 3-pointer with 15:08 left, but Creighton quickly responded. The Bluejays, who hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second half, got 3-pointers from McDermott and Austin Chatman to push the lead back to 18 points and Nebraska was never able to cut into the CU advantage.
The Huskers will be off for final exams and will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15, when they travel to take on the Oregon Ducks. The game will be carried on the Huskers Sports Network with a 3:30 p.m. (central) tip on Root TV (formerly Fox Sports Northwest).