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December 3, 2012
Ray Gallegos paces NU
to a win over USC
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles Quotes

On what sparked NUs runs at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second

"We threw passes to our teammates; completed passes. It was seven out of nine possessions of turnovers (that) were the only times we gave up the lead. Once we just got the ball moving a little bit, cutting and moving, and got the ball where it needed to be, in and out, we were okay."

On the play of junior guard Ray Gallegos "Im proud of Ray. Hes worked so hard and (USC guard Jio) Fontan was all over him. That kid is quick and didnt give him very many looks in general, and then good looks. Ray, every time he got one, it felt like he made them pay. Hes worked really hard and deserves to have this kind of success."

On how NU adjusted at the post position

"We went smaller because of foul trouble, really. It wasnt the intent of, Oh, I think weve got them on something, lets go small. And then I thought Brandon did a really nice jobhe had four assistsof being a creator. Benny (Parker) knocked his head earlier in the week and wasnt quite himself; sprained a foot or an ankle in there, I dont know what it was, and so he was playing at about 70-75 percent. Somebody kind of had to be a creator, and Dylan was kind of having a tough night. I thought Brandon did a nice job getting out on the perimeter and making plays off the drive."

On NUs shooting from the three-point line vs. in the paint "I think their lengthand their ball pressure, theyre so quickits hard to get it in there. Theres a lot of ways to take away a post presence: length, athleticism is certainly one of them, and then speed on the perimeter, getting you out of a spot to throw it in there will affect you, too. I thought we turned it over a lot trying to get it inside; finally we just kind of went to plan B a little bit, and Plan B worked out right."

On Nebraskas defensive play

"I thought it was solid. I thought that there was a point in the second half that we kind of let up. We got the lead, they went triangle-and-two, they went zone, and we were able to keep the lead. And then it was like, Oh, we got em. Youve got to run out of time. Just play, play, and then look up and say, Oh, theres only two minutes left. But we start scoreboard-watching a little bit. Thats human nature, but you cant play like that. Just keep attacking. It was just when we got off the attack."

On his thoughts on what NU has coming up "Just going out and trying to win every possible game. The next ones Creighton, and we know thats an important game with the state rivalry. We know theyre nationally ranked; theyve got a great team. The team of a lifetime, when you look at all the pieces of the puzzle they have: Greg (McDermott)s a great coach, Doug (McDermott)s a great player, but theres plenty of pieces to go around, too. Were just trying to find a way to win every game. Tonight Ill go to work and talk about how to try and figure out how to beat Creighton."

USC Coach Kevin ONeill

Opening Statement Obviously Nebraska shot the ball very well. It is our job to make them miss. What Ray Gallegos did at the end of the first half was probably the difference of the game; it stretched it out. We were up four I think late in the first half and then he went on that tirade of shots that gave them a good boost. (Nebraska is) playing good basketball and (they) have veteran guys. They are playing well together. I commend Nebraska; they deserved to win the game.

On shooting during the game We havent been making shots all year. We have fewer turnovers than our opponents, more rebounds; we just havent been shooting the ball well. We are having trouble manufacturing points in the post, so when you do that they start moving up on your guys; we just arent scoring the ball.

On Ray Gallegos He was the difference in the game. He made big time shots and really got them going at the end of the first half and continued in the second half. Any time you shoot 11-17 from the three-point line, you are going to be difficult to beat.

Nebraska Player Quotes

Dylan Talley

On the run at the end of the first half

We just kept grinding at it. When the offense wasnt clicking, we just wanted to focus on getting stops. Ray (Gallegos) was quiet for the first half of the first half, but he came alive at the end of the first half when we needed him. Then wed just roll his way.

On his last-minute shot

That was just lucky. I heard everyone counting down. I just stepped back and I threw it up.

On the teams confidence

The confidence is building. Everyones starting to play better Andre (Almeida)s playing better, David (Rivers) came out and gave us great energy today. Obviously, Rays been shooting the ball off the charts the past few games. Were just starting to click a lot better than we did before. We just keep playing tough defense and were just going to keep trying to get better.

On USCs defense

They played tough defense. Weve got to do a better job, especially myself, of being ball tough. Just because people keep pressuring us is not a reason for us to turn the ball over. They did pressure hard and did call some bad things that happened, but we got it together.

On if the team has exceeded expectations so far

Yeah, from the things I was reading before the season, I would say we have. But we believe in ourselves. We got up at 6 in the morning every morning over the summer and worked hard for positive results. We dont expect them. We just go out and play hard and see what happens.

Ray Gallegos

On how he felt

I started out slow, but just like last game, my teammates just told me to keep being aggressive and itll come. Thats what I keep trying to do.

On being able to contribute

It feels good because Brandon, Dylan and Andre, theyre all key parts to this team and they do a lot of the scoring. I was just coming off of a redshirt year and working hard. I just thought Id come into this year being aggressive. So far, its just playing out real good.

Brandon Ubel

On Gallegos in the first half

He started out a little slow, but he was letting the game come to him. He got a couple open shots early, knocked em down. Then he had the hot hands, so every time I penetrated, I know I was looking for him. Everybody kind of had that same mentality to just ride the hot hand as long as it was going. It went for quite some time, so that was good. I was looking for him just about every time I went in there.

Postgame Notes

*-Nebraska improves to 6-1 on the season, the Huskers best start since the 2008-09 season and the fourth time in the last decade Nebraska has opened with a 6-1 mark. The last time Nebraska started the season with a better seven-game record was in 1992-93 (7-0).

*-Ray Gallegos 20 points matched his season and career high (also vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 27). His six 3-pointers were also a personal best, topping his four 3-points in four other games. Gallegos now has 23 3-pointers this season after making 21 in his first two seasons at Nebraska. Gallegos 20-point game is the sixth by a Husker in 2012-13 (by four different players).

*-Nebraskas 11 3-pointers were a season high, as the Huskers previous best was 10 against Tulane on Nov. 21

*-Nebraska held USC to a season-low 51 points (previous low was 59 vs. Texas) and USC became the third Husker opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the floor

*-Brandon Ubels four assists were a season high, as he had four in NUs six games before tonight.

                       1st   2nd   Total
USC                     25    26      51
Nebraska                33    30      63

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.