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August 20, 2010

NU stays perfect with another Bahamas win

NASSAU, Bahamas - Christian Standhardinger posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, as Nebraska remained perfect on its foreign trip with an 89-67 victory over the Bahamas Select All-Stars Thursday evening.

Standhardinger's effort on both ends of the court helped the Huskers improve to 3-0 heading into Friday's final game of the trip. Nebraska held the All-Stars to just 37 percent shooting, including 1-of-18 from 3-point range.

"I was pleased with our defense tonight," Nebraska Coach Doc Sadler said. "We didn't shoot as well as we have, but the defense was very good. That is something we have to continue to do to be successful. I also thought Christian did a phenomenal job on the boards tonight."

"It was a very good effort," Standhardinger said. "This is probably the best team we have played on the trip and we did a good job against them. Today, my shots didn't fall, so I had to do something else to help the team, and I focused on rebounding."

Lance Jeter turned in a solid performance, leading the Huskers with 14 points and adding four assists, three steals and four rebounds to pace five NU players in double digits.

Brandon Ubel continued his strong play on the trip with 13 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Jorge Brian Diaz had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Drake Beranek was the final Husker to reach double figures, adding 10 points and a pair of steals in 14 minutes of action.

The teams were even for the first five minutes of the game before Ubel's 3-pointer triggered a 7-0 Husker spurt that turned a 14-14 deadlock into a 21-14 lead after Jeter's layup. The All-Stars, who lost to Memphis by 13 points in their last game on Tuesday, was within 23-17 before Baranek hit a foul shot and a layup to make it a nine-point lead.

Jeter, who had seven of his 14 points in the opening 10 minutes, then hit a three-point play and went coast-to-coast bucket to cap the 8-0 spurt, giving Nebraska a 31-17 lead after one quarter.

Nebraska showed its ability to close out quarters again in the second stanza after the hosts pulled to within 35-31, finishing the half on a 17-4 spurt over the final six minutes to take a 17-point lead into the break.

The Huskers went inside, getting a layup from Diaz, a put back by Toney McCray and a Ubel layup to push the lead to 41-31with 3:51 left and closed the half with a flourish, as Baranek hit a jumper with 10 seconds left before NU's defense forced a turnover and he drained a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining to push the lead to 52-35.

The hosts stayed around until late in the third quarter, when Nebraska put the game out of reach. Leading 63-49, Jeter helped Nebraska run off 13 straight points to extend the margin to 76-49, as the senior had a three-point play and another layup in the run and built a 76-51 lead after three quarters. Nebraska led by as many as 28 in the fourth stanza and cruised to remain perfect on the trip.

The Huskers will wrap up the trip Friday night, as they take on the Cybot Kings at 6:30 p.m. (central).


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