Tai Webster has been in double figures in each of the last two games.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Look to Bounce Back vs. UAB

By NU Athletic Communications

Game #5      vs. UAB
Game Date    Nov. 22, 2013
Tipoff Time   11 a.m. (CT)
Venue         TD Arena
Capacity       5,100

Nebraska Cornhuskers
2013-14 Record: 3-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
   Record at Nebraska: 18-19 (2nd year)
   Career Record: 301-239 (19th year)

UAB Blazers
2013-14 Record: 3-1, 0-0 C-USA
Head Coach: Jared Haase
   Record at UAB: 19-18 (2nd year)
               Career Record: Same

Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: None

Online: ESPN3.com (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index?) and the WatchESPN app
Play-by-Play: Bob Picozzi    
Expert Analysis: Tim Welsh

Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
  Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka          
  Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com

Huskers Look to Bounce Back vs. UAB       

Nebraska looks to return to its winning ways on Friday, as the Huskers continue action in the Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan. The Huskers will take on UAB at 11 a.m. (central) in the consolation bracket.

The game will be online on ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app with Bob Picozzi and Tim Welsh on the call. There is no television for Friday’s game against UAB.

The matchup with the Blazers will be carried on the radio across Nebraska on the 27-station Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free on Huskers.com and is available on the Huskers’ app on iOS or android devices.

Nebraska (3-1) put up 90 points - its best offensive output since December of 2009 - but fell to UMass, 96-90 Thursday afternoon in the Huskers tournament opener.  Sophomore Terran Petteway led the Huskers with a career-high 28 points, including 11-of-12 from the foul line, to pace five Huskers in double figures.

 NU battled foul trouble throughout the second half, but nearly rallied from 13 points down, closing to within 93-90 with 30 seconds left and had a good look at the basket to pull within one. In all, the Huskers had three players foul out and three others with four fouls apiece, as UMass went 33-of-43 from the charity stripe.

Nebraska has been much improved on the offensive end, averaging 78.5 points per game entering Friday’s game behind the play of Petteway (15.5 ppg) and sophomore Shavon Shields (15.3 ppg). Last year, the Huskers averaged just 58.3 points per game.  Nebraska has enjoyed balance offensively, placing five players in double figures in each of the last two games.

Thursday’s 28-point effort marked the second time in his career that Petteway has established a career best at one of the ESPN events. As a freshman at Texas Tech in 2011-12, his season high of 13 came at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Petteway has been a solid performer for the Huskers, reaching double figures in three of NU’s four games while establishing career bests twice on the young season.

UAB (3-1) looks to rebound after a heartbreaking 97-94 double overtime loss to No. 19 New Mexico on Thursday. UNM’s Kendall Williams hit a 30-footer to send it into overtime, while Lobo center Alex Kirk’s 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime sent it to an extra second period. Chad Frazier led New Mexico with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting while Rod Rucker had 18 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists in a losing effort.

Nebraska will face with Georgia or Temple on Sunday afternoon at either 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. central. 

By the Numbers
6 - Consecutive games in double figures for Shavon Shields dating back to last year’s Big Ten Tournament. It is the longest streak of his college career.

14 - Nebraska had won its last 14 games when scoring at least 90 points before Thursday’s loss to UMass, dating back to the 1997-98 season.

31.0 - Average of free throws per game for Nebraska after four games. Nebraska took 30 free throws only three times in 33 games last season and averaged 14.9 free throws per game.

2009 - The last time Nebraska scored 80 points in consecutive games prior to the Huskers’ last two games. The last time NU scored 80 or more points in three straight games came during the 2006-07 season.

9.0 - Nebraska averages just nine turnovers per game in the first four games, while forcing nearly 15.8 per contest.

Series History vs. UAB
Nebraska and UAB will meet for the fifth time, but the first at a neutral site on Friday. The two teams have split the four previous meetings with Nebraska winning the first two matchups (1978 and 1979) while UAB swept a home-and-home series in 2004 and 2005. Nebraska’s 92-84 4OT win in Lincoln on Dec. 22, 1979 was the longest game in school history. Andre Smith (33 points) and Jack Moore (26 points) played all 60 minutes for Nebraska, while Nebraska did not make a substitution in any of the four overtime periods.

Last Time Out
Despite a career-high 29 points from sophomore Terran Petteway, Nebraska suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 96-90 decision to UMass Thursday afternoon at the Charleston Classic.

Petteway, a sophomore transfer from Texas Tech, paced five Huskers in double figures with 29 points, including 11-of-12 from the foul line, to pace five Nebraska players in double figures in a game which saw both teams combine for 81 free throws.

Nebraska, which had three of its starters saddled with four fouls at the 15-minute mark of the second half, nearly overcame a 13-point deficit down the stretch. Nebraska trailed 80-67 with 8:24 left, but the Huskers went on a 20-7 spurt to pull within 89-87 with 1:44 left after a pair of Tai Webster free throws. The Huskers (3-1) then had a chance to tie in the final 30 seconds after Webster’s basket made it 93-90. After a timeout, Benny Parker and Tai Webster forced a Minuteman turnover under its basket, but Nebraska was unable to convert, missing a pair of shots before UMass got the rebound. UMass (4-0) put the game away at the foul line, as Derrick Gordon split a pair from the line before Chaz Williams hit two free throws with seven seconds left for the final margin.

Gordon led six UMass players in double figures with 22 points, as the Minutemen shot 50 percent from the floor and went 33-of-43 from the foul line. NU did a good job of controlling Williams, as the two-time All-Atlantic-10 point guard had just 10 points and three assists. Nebraska’s bench joined Petteway in keeping the Huskers in the contest, as Leslee Smith had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in 27 minutes, while David Rivers had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and a career-high four steals.

UMass got off to a quick start, opening the game with an 11-3 spurt to take an eight point before the Huskers fought back behind the play of Shavon Shield and Petteway. Shields scored five straight points, as the Huskers outscored UMass 18-7 to take a 21-18 lead after a Smith putback.

The Minutemen came right back, using a 10-2 spurt behind the play of Sampson Carter, who scored six of his nine points to help stake UMass a 28-22 lead. Nebraska fell behind by as many as eight points, at 32-24, before Petteway and Rivers led Nebraska back. The pair combined for all 13 points in a 13-4 run as Nebraska took a 37-36 lead after a Petteway free throw. Nebraska led 39-38 after a Smith basket, but a Cody LaLanne basket a pair of free throws from Seth Berger put UMass ahead 42-39 at the break.

Nebraska’s slow start to the second half proved costly, as UMass scored six straight points to take a 48-39 lead after a Williams 3-pointer. More importantly, the Huskers got in foul trouble, as Walter Pitchford, Shields and Petteway all got into foul trouble in the opening five minutes of the half. NU trailed 60-49 with 14:59 left with all three starters on the sideline with four fouls.

Nebraska’s bench proved valuable at that point, as NU was also without Ray Gallegos, who suffered an injury early in the second half. Smith hit two quick baskets while Deverell Biggs and David Rivers kept the Huskers within shouting distance. Pitchford’s 3-pointer with 11:13 left cut the deficit to 70-65, but the sophomore would foul out on UMass’ next possession. That play began 7-0 spurt which put the Huskers in a 13-point hole.


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