Thursday, March 20, 2008

Husker Thump UNC-Charlotte

via OWH, the Nebraska basketball squad defeated UNC-Charlotte in their first round NIT matchup 67-48 to become jsut the 12th team in school history to reach 20 victories in a season.

""That's a number that separates you from a lot of teams," NU coach Doc Sadler said. "That's a credit to our players. "If you would have thought this back in January, you'd be even more proud of it. If you can get 20 wins a year in this league, you're going to have a successful program."

The chance for a 21st win comes Monday night at 6 or 8 at Mississippi (22-10). The second-seeded Rebels beat seventh-seeded UC-Santa Barbara 83-68 at home and get to stay at home against third-seeded Nebraska. NU (20-12) got its 20th win in the same way it collected most of the other 19 — with stifling defense, holding Charlotte 22 points under its season average."

Charlotte's top two scorers were held to 2 of 13 and 4 of 13 shooting. After trailing 16-15 with 8:33 left in the first half, NU took the lead for good with an 18-5 run led off by two inside baskets by senior center Aleks Maric, who became the fifth leading scorer in school history with his nine points last night. He also became just the third player in conference history wiht 1600 points and 1000 rebounds.

Congratulations to the team and Coach Doc Sadler.

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