Miles sticks with starting five entire second half

2013-02-23T17:45:00Z 2013-02-24T00:41:04Z Miles sticks with starting five entire second halfBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles didn’t make a substitution in the second half of the Huskers’ 64-60, come-from-behind victory against Iowa on Saturday.

Why not?

“Did you see the first half?” Miles said.

Point taken.

Nebraska, which played eight players in the first half, was “discombobulated” on offense, Miles said, and trailed Iowa by as many as 19 points -- that after the Hawkeyes made three-pointers, in transition, on three straight possessions.

At halftime, Miles said he made the decision to play the same five players -- his starting five of David Rivers, Brandon Ubel, Shavon Shields, Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley.

“I just felt like we gave everybody a chance in the first half, and we couldn’t get (Iowa) under control,” Miles said. “We thought those are our five most solid, dependable guys, and that’s who we played.”

In the first half, Benny Parker had two turnovers in nine minutes and missed two free throws. Andre Almeida didn’t statistically contribute in two minutes, and walk-on Jordan Tyrance had one turnover in his only minute.

“Those other guys will bounce back,” Miles said. “I trust those guys. But it was a bad day.”

Talley said he didn’t even realize the same five players played the entire second half.

“All I know is, the crowd gave me, personally, a bunch of energy,” said Talley, who hit the game-winning three-pointer with 9.2 seconds to play. “At times, I’m tired, and I hear them going, and I get that adrenaline rush.”

The crowd of 11,849 included about 2,000 Iowa fans, who were noisy in the first half, when Iowa built a 41-22 lead.

By the end, though, Iowa fans were drowned out by the Big Red roar, and Nebraska had clinched a winning home record in its final year of the Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers have had a winning record every season in the building since it opened in 1976.

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