“I thought we came out with great defensive intensity in the second half,” NU head coach Fred Hoiberg said on the Husker Sports Network postgame radio show. “I thought our guys made a great adjustment. They did a great job of going out and executing our plan.”
Haanif Cheatham led five Huskers in double figures, scoring 14 of his season-high 19 points in the second half. Jervay Green was also big in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points to go with eight rebounds.
“Obviously, we were struggling because we weren’t rebounding, but once we were able to get the ball we were able to outrun them,” Green said. “After we got the rebound, they couldn’t run with us.”
Nebraska also got solid games from Dachon Burke and Kevin Cross, who both scored 14. Burke added five rebounds while Cross was 6-for-8 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds off the bench.
Finally, Cam Mack had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists while battling foul trouble much of the night.
“We’re starting to string together more consistent stretches, but we still haven’t played that 40-minute complete game,” Hoiberg said. “Hopefully, that starts tomorrow night.”
CJ Elleby scored 27 points to pace Washington State (2-3), which never led by more than six. The Cougars finished just 6-of-27 from three-point range.
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