LINCOLN, Neb. (11/29/06) The Mean Green basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start, falling to Nebraska 76-57 on Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Athletic Center.
North Texas (5-2) stumbled out of the gate against the Huskers (5-0) who opened the game with an 18-2 run and never looked back.
“I thought they did an excellent job of executing early, and its tough to come out of a big hole on such a talented basketball team,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “We didn’t compete as well as we needed to begin the game.”
Aleks Maric controlled the tempo for Nebraska, pouring in 15 first-half points en route to a double-double night. Maric finished with 26 points on 9-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and four blocks. The Huskers also got 18 points from Ryan Anderson and 11 from Charles Richardson.
North Texas has dominated its opponents on the boards all season and tonight was no different. The Mean Green out-rebounded the Huskers 43-31, and has now beaten five of its seven opponents on the glass.
After a scoreless first half, Calvin Watson came alive in the second. The senior got North Texas going with nine quick points, finishing with a team-high 16. Watson also hit a pair of three pointers which extends his streak to 16 games with a bucket from beyond the arc.
Rich Young finished the game only two points and two rebounds away from a double-double. The Sun Belt Conference leader in shooting percentage, Young grabbed a game-high four offensive rebounds and blocked three shots.
Turnovers plagued the Mean Green against the Huskers. NT committed a season-high 25 turnovers which led to 22 points off turnovers.
North Texas heads back to the road to take on Stephen F. Austin in the second of a five-game road trip. Tip off is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.