Nebraska defeats Nebraska-Omaha 75-62

KENT WOLGAMOTT Associated Press Published:

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska struggled to pull away from hot-shooting Nebraska-Omaha Sunday. Then Dylan Talley took over, scoring 14 of his career-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Cornhuskers to a 75-62 win and take the first ever NCAA Division 1 game between the two schools.

Nebraska (3-0) trailed Nebraska-Omaha (1-4) for most of the first half. Then, late in the half, Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Talley took control.

"He kind of decided 'we're not losing this game, I'm going to get to the rim,'" Miles said. "Later in the game, I just think he was a stronger guy and went in there and made good plays."

Talley said his scoring came because of how the game was unfolding.

"My job as a senior, captain and one of the leaders on the team, is to do that," he said. "If I see that my team needs help, I just try to do that any way I can, whether' it's scoring, playing defense or rebound... Today I showed I can score and get to the hole if we need some points. Against Valparaiso when we won, I scored one point and I hustled my tail off playing defense and was just as happy."

Nebraska trailed 46-44 after Kaong Dolouny's tip-in with 15:45 remaining in the game. The Mavericks had hit 61 percent of their shots to that point, but then went cold.

A pair of Andre Almeida inside baskets started a 14-2 Nebraska run that put the Huskers up 58-48 on Talley's layup with 8:47 left. After trading baskets, the Cornhuskers sealed the win with 7-0 run capped by Benny Parker's breakaway layup that made the score 75-60 with 44 seconds left.

Nebraska-Omaha went more than 7 minutes without a field goal during the first Nebraska run. The Mavericks scored just 16 points in the final 15:45.

"Down the stretch today, when we ran a few things, I thought we took some quick shots that led to some run outs, some easy baskets for Nebraska," said Nebraska-Omaha coach Derrin Hansen. "Then I thought they made a couple jump shots, 15 footers against our zone that kind of got them over the hump."

The other key to the game, Hansen and Miles said, was Nebraska's inside strength. The Huskers dominated the paint, outscoring the Mavericks 46-14 in the lane and winning the rebounding battle by 11 behind the 6-foot-11, 314-pound Almeida, who finished with 19 points and tied his career high with seven rebounds.

"When you go BCS school vs. low to mid major school, bodies a lot of times eventually take over," Hansen said. "That one took over us today."

Nebraska-Omaha is in its second year in Division I. Nebraska won the two previous meetings when Nebraska-Omaha was in Division II.

Also scoring in double figures for Nebraska were Brandon Ubel and Ray Gallegos with 11 points each.

Justin Simmons led Nebraska-Omaha with 19 points. Alex Welhouse had 14 for the Mavericks.