Huskers handle Wildcats in exhibition

Nebraska defeated Wayne State College 75-40 Thursday evening in a men's basketball exhibition contest played at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln before an announced crowd of 15,385.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the first half with both teams hovering around the 33 percent mark the first 20 minutes.

Vance Janssen drained a 3-pointer at the 17:25 mark to give the Wildcats their lone lead of the night at 3-2.

Nebraska built a 14-9 lead at the 12-under media timeout and took their first double digit lead of the night with a 7-0 run at 21-9.

With the Huskers leading 28-13 at the 6:29 mark, Wayne State used baskets from Janssen and Trevin Joseph to get within 11 at 28-17 with 5:43 remaining in the first half. Nebraska closed the half on an 11-4 run to take a 39-21 advantage at intermission.

Nebraska outscored Wayne State 36-19 in the second half and held the Wildcats without a basket for the final 6:10 of the contest.

After Nebraska scored the first four points of the second half for a 43-21 lead, Wayne State got a 3-pointer from Joseph to make the score 43-24 and that's as close as the Wildcats got in the second half. The Wildcats ended the second half making just 6-of-34 shots for 17.6 percent.          

Wayne State ended the game shooting 16-of-68 from the field for 23.5 percent, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range. The Wildcats were 3-of-4 from the foul line.

Nebraska was 26-of-66 from the floor for 39.4 percent, going only 4-of-26 behind the arc (15.4%) and 19-for-22 at the free throw stripe.

Joseph led Wayne State in scoring with eight points followed by Nick Ferrarini with seven.  Jordan Janssen led the Wildcats on the glass with eight caroms.

The Huskers held a 56-35 edge in rebounding over the Wildcats. Wayne State had 12 turnovers in the game to 11 for the Huskers.

Kendall Jacks had three assists for the Wildcats.

For Nebraska, Isaiah Roby had 12 points and 10 rebounds followed by James Palmer with 10.

Wayne State opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, facing Pittsburg State at 4 p.m. in Warrensburg, Mo.

The Wayne Herald

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