December 22, 2014

Creighton’s comeback comes up short

Creighton dug itself too deep a hole at The Super Pit and could not recover, dropping its final non-conference game of the year 62-58 to North Texas.

Creighton fell to 9-4, while North Texas improved to 6-4.

Creighton fell behind 35-18 at the half, shooting just 29.2 percent, including 2-of-14 from deep, and were outrebounded 21-16. CU also had 10 turnovers. Colin Voss and Maurice Aniefiok each scored eight points for the Mean Green.

Creighton forced steals on each of UNT’s first two possessions of the second half to draw within 35-21, only to surrender a 16-3 run as the Mean Green went up 51-24 with 15:20 to play. CU answered with a 13-0 run, including four points by Geoffrey Groselle. That started a 20-4 run that got CU within 55-47 with 3:28 to go and had the pro-Bluejay crowd on its feet.

After the teams traded scores, Creighton got a three-pointer from Toby Hegner with 1:34 left, then stole the ball and got a trey from Isaiah Zierden to draw within two with 1:11 to play. After T.J. Taylor split two foul shots with 56.8 left, Creighton had three chances from long-range to tie it, but two shots from Zierden and one from Chatman would not fall.

UNT got the ball after Zierden’s final trey was knocked out-of-bounds, only to run the baseline on the inbound and give CU the ball back. After a lengthy officials discussion, Creighton would inbound to Hegner, who missed from long-range. T.J. Taylor would make 4-of-4 free throws in the final 22 seconds to ice the win.

Hegner had 13 points to lead Creighton, while Zierden added 12 and Geoffrey Groselle had 10. The Jays shot a school-record 39 three-point attempts on the day, making 10.

Conference action will start on Dec. 31 as Creighton travels to Providence for a 6:31 pm Central tip.

Theriot drops 30 in NU women’s victory over High Point

Rachel Theriot (photo/NU Athletics)

Rachel Theriot (photo/NU Athletics)

All-American Rachel Theriot erupted for a season-high 31 points and Tear’a Laudermill pitched in 22 as No. 12 Nebraska rolled to an 83-57 women’s win over defending Big South Conference champion High Point at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday.

With the victory, Nebraska closed non-conference play with a 10-1 record, while High Point, which returned all five starters from last season’s Big South Conference title team, slipped to 6-5 on the season.

Theriot, a 6-0 junior point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, came out aggressive from the tip, pumping in 14 points in the first half to help the Huskers build a 45-33 halftime lead. She continued scoring at a torrid rate in the second half, pouring in 10 points in the first 6:10 after halftime to push NU’s lead to 61-39.

Theriot’s 31 points came on a career-high 24 field goal attempts, while she also knocked down a career-high 13 shots from the floor. It marked the second 30-point performance of Theriot’s career, joining a 33-point effort in an overtime win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014.

Nebraska will open Big Ten Conference play at Minnesota on Dec. 29. Tip-off between the Huskers and Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis is set for 8 p.m.

Huskers hand out football awards; Abdullah named team, offensive MVP

Running back Ameer Abdullah catches a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong late in the first half  PHOTO COURTESY: HUSKERS.COM

Running back Ameer Abdullah catches a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong late in the first half
PHOTO COURTESY: HUSKERS.COM

Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah led the way in team awards announced on Thursday. Abdullah was named the overall Team Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, and also earned Offensive MVP honors.

Abdullah was also selected as the winner of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy. The award dates back to 1967 and is voted on by members of the media, and honors a senior player who has the qualities and dedication of the great Cornhusker tradition.

One of five team captains, Abdullah became Nebraska’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards this season and ranks No. 2 on the career rushing list.

A pair of Husker sophomores shared Defensive MVP honors for the 2014 season. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins recorded 12 tackles for loss on the year, along with 3.5 sacks. Safety Nate Gerry was the second-leading tackler for the Huskers and also ranked among the Big Ten leaders with five interceptions, all in league play.

Freshman standout De’Mornay Pierson-El earned the Huskers’ Special Teams MVP award. Pierson-El was an electrifying punt returner, scoring three touchdowns on returns while averaging 17.8 yards per return to rank third in the nation.

Senior linebacker Trevor Roach was honored as the winner of a pair of awards. Roach received the Tom Novak Trophy. The oldest of Nebraska’s senior awards, the Novak Trophy dates back to 1950. Roach also was named the winner of the Pat Clare Award. [Read more…]

Gregory and Pierson-El named FWAA All-Americans

De'Mornay Pierson-El

De’Mornay Pierson-El

Junior defensive end Randy Gregory and freshman wide receiver/punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El were both named second-team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Nebraska had a pair of players selected to the FWAA All-America teams for the first time since 1997, when three Huskers were honored. The FWAA has released its All-America teams for 71 seasons and Pierson-El is the first Husker freshman to be recognized by the organization. Overall, Pierson-El is just the second Nebraska underclassmen to earn FWAA All-America honors, joining halfback Bobby Reynolds, who was a first-team selection as a sophomore in 1950. Pierson-El and Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine were the only two freshmen named an FWAA All-American.

Pierson-El earned a spot as the second-team punt returner after leading the nation with 589 punt return yards, more than 200 yards higher than any other player in the nation. He returned three punts for a touchdown, which tied for the national lead. Pierson-El was also named a second-team All-American by USA Today, in addition to earning freshman All-America accolades from several organizations.

A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Gregory was honored by the FWAA one day after garnering third-team All-America accolades from the Associated Press. Despite battling injuries throughout his junior campaign, Gregory totaled 50 tackles, including 7.0 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He also blocked two field goals, broke up three passes and had an interception while becoming Nebraska’s first two-time all-conference defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh.

Pelini throws NU administration under the bus, but lessons should be learned by Eichorst (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl.  He also gave an earful to his former players. 

Vulgar language has been apart of Bo Pelini’s M.O. since we’ve known him as the head football coach at Nebraska and that was certainly on full display when you hear the tape of his 30 minute speech he gave to his players off campus after he was fired by Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.

I’m not sure I entirely agree with the way Pelini handled the meeting with the players.  I think he still has a responsibility to those young men to offer encouragement and I believe he did at some points during that meeting, but to throw the administration under the bus in front of those kids who will continue to play football at Nebraska was wrong.

However, having said that, I also think Husker nation got a good picture of the leadership style of Eichorst…the players may feel alienated.  Eichorst needs to work on making himself more visible to the players.

Listen to the Big Red Report