LINCOLN, Neb. — After losing eight of nine games, Nebraska began what it hopes is a crawl out of its midseason slump with an 82-66 win against Penn State at home Tuesday night. It was the Huskers’ first win by double digits since beating South Dakota 73-61 back on Dec. 3.
Here’s what coach Tim Miles had to say about the win at Pinnacle Bank Arena:
- On finally winning a game handily: “I thought the last 8 minutes you’re like, ‘Try not to get too paranoid.’ We had such good pace the whole game and I thought guys were fairly locked in on the defensive game plan.”
- Miles said it was important to start attacking the rim early and often. Which Nebraska did. “I thought, let’s go at him and see what happens,'” Miles said.
- On how he thought freshman Jordy Tshimanga played: “A low-post guy who can score anchors your offense.” Miles compared it to a run game in football. “Now you’ve got guys spotting up like Jack (McVeigh) and Tai (Webster) or whoever, and driving rotations and it gives you a whole new set of rules on offense.”
- On if the win gives his team confidence: “There’s no doubt you need a shot of confidence and a game like this can do that for you. I think these guys understand the hard work that goes in to preparation. We have a saying that the toughest team sets the rules. And tonight I added ‘the most disciplined team wins the game.'”
- “I thought we stayed in our defensive assignments better. And Penn State is a good team. They’ve beat some really good teams.”
- On Tshimanga staying out of foul trouble: “He does a good job just ‘walling up.’ Just going straight up.” He then added that Tshimanga’s done a good job of using his length at making sure guys don’t score over the top of him.
- On the play of sophomore Glynn Watson: “He and Tai (Webster) both were excellent tonight. 27 points, 11 assists and 2 turnovers (combined.) Those are really good numbers in terms of distributing the ball and moving the offense.”
- On if freshman Isaiah Roby is OK after going out in the second half with a rolled ankle: “I don’t know. It looked ugly to our trainer.” Miles added Roby’s ankle was iced right away and the trainers are going to do what they can to get him back to healthy before the Huskers’ game at Ohio State on Saturday.