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November 20, 2011Senior point guard Bo Spencer's 23 points led three Huskers in double figures, as the Nebraska men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with an impressive 83-63 win over Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at the Devaney Center.
Spencer hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, dished out four assists and had three steals, as the Huskers built a 15-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game and cruised to a 20-point win over the Rams.
Senior guard Caleb Walker had a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, while junior guard Dylan Talley came off the bench for 14 points and five rebounds, as nine Huskers broke into the scoring column in Nebraska's highest output of the year.
Senior Brandon Richardson dished out a career-high eight assists and matched his personal best with four steals as the Huskers forced 18 turnovers and converted them to 27 points.
Nebraska (3-0) shot 57.1 percent from the floor, including 10-of-23 from 3-point range while holding URI (0-3) to a season-low 37.7 percent shooting. The Rams, who averaged 90 points per game in its first two contests, had just 20 at the break, as Nebraska led by as many as 24 points in building a 40-20 margin.
Nebraska came out blistering, hitting its first seven shots from the floor to build an early 16-7 lead, as Walker and Spencer combined to score 14 of the Huskers' first 16 points URI pulled to within 16-9, but 3-pointers from senior guard Toney McCray and Talley sparked a 13-0 Husker run, as Nebraska built a 29-9 lead after three Spencer free throws with 8:10 left in the half.
The Huskers eventually got the lead to as much as 24 after a Richardson 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the half, as Nebraska went 6-of-14 from long range in the opening half.
The Huskers took the suspense out of the second half, using an 8-0 run to build a 55-27 lead after Talley's 3-point play with 13:41 remaining. URI made one last run, pulling to within 65-46 with 7:57 left, but Walker and Spencer led NU on an 8-2 spurt to quickly push the margin to 25 and put the game out of reach.
Orion Outerbridge led Rhode Island with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Nebraska held Jamal Wilson, who was averaging 31 points per game, to 14 points and six turnovers.
The Huskers return to action Wednesday night as they host Oregon at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for the contest between the Huskers and Ducks by calling 800-8-BIGRED or visiting Huskers.com.