Nebraska's chance to get a second-straight road win over a major conference foe eroded quickly in the first half as Husker turnovers allowed Oregon to jump out to an early lead and coast to a 60-38 win Saturday.
Nebraska (6-3) turned the ball over 11 times before halftime, and finished with 16 turnovers on the afternoon, and was never really ever able to get into a rhythm offensively. The Huskers scored just 18 points in the first half and shot just 30.6 percent from the field on the afternoon.
"We can't turn the ball over 25 or 30 percent of our possessions when we have trouble scoring as it is," Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said on his post-game radio show. "We have to make our easy shots just to stay competitive and we just didn't do a good enough job of that tonight."
The Huskers also failed to dominate the paint. Nebraska center Andre Almeida got into early foul trouble, and finished the game scoreless after 10 minutes on the floor. Brandon Ubel didn't fare much better, finishing with five points and five rebounds as Oregon outscored Nebraska in the paint 40-12. Oregon (9-1) out-rebounded Nebraska 41-25 and the Huskers had no answer for the Oregon inside duo of Arsalan Kazemi (10 points, 17 rebounds) and Tony Woods (14 points, four rebounds).
"We can't allow them to be on the attack like that," Miles said. "We talked about that when they get driving and attacking, they're really tough to beat. Andre, I thought he started out the game pretty strong, then he let a couple fouls get to him and we were better without him, so when he got his fourth foul, we stayed with the group who was there."
Oregon attacked early in the first half, taking a 16-6 lead midway through the first half as Nebraska didn't reach double figures until a Dylan Talley jumper with 8:57 left in the first half. Oregon took a 27-18 lead to the locker room at halftime, and Miles said he was pleased with the way his team played defense, though there were breakdowns that hurt the Huskers.
"I thought we got into spots where would just break down," Miles said. "We would do half the possession pretty well and then we'd have a breakdown here or breakdown there."
Oregon held a double-digit lead for most of the second half, and the closest Nebraska would get came midway through the second half when a three-pointer by guard Mike Peltz cut the Oregon lead to 41-30 with 9:15 left in the game.
Senior Dylan Talley led Nebraska with 11 points and five rebounds, as Nebraska played the game short-handed with Almeida battling foul trouble and David Rivers on the bench with an ankle injury. Freshman Shavon Shields played a season-high 30 minutes, finishing with seven points.
Nebraska returns to action Tuesday at home against Jacksonville State.