LINCOLN — Nebraska guard Terran Petteway, the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer at 17.7 points a game, didn’t dent the scoresheet in the first 9 1/2 minutes Thursday night against Penn State.
Soon after, two things got his offensive mind right.
The first was a Tim Miles hissy fit.
“I gave him the biggest tongue-lashing I have in a long time,” NU’s coach said. “He won’t look at me, and that’s fine. I’m not looking at him, either. Just keep scoring, brother.”
After canning two free throws for his first points, Petteway soon got in a scrum with Penn State’s Brandon Taylor, who was whistled for a technical foul. Within 56 seconds, Petteway had scored eight more points on his way to a game-high 26.
Was the contact and technical a wake-up call?
“A little bit,” said Petteway, who added with a smile, “I like that, though.”
Huskers find nothing foul about free-throw disparity
Penn State coach Patrick Chambers took a long, hard look at the final box score, then shook his head.
“I have great respect for the officials,” he said. “But 48 free throws? Wow!”
Nebraska’s 48 attempts and 37 makes were both Big Ten highs for the season. Chambers drew a technical for protesting with 15:18 to play. At that point, Nebraska had shot 30 free throws to the Nittany Lions’ 10.
The reason for so many fouls, Miles said, was that Penn State fouls a lot.
“They are very aggressive,” he said. “They foul, so you have to take advantage of that. We had five assists tonight, but we made 37 free throws. I can live with that.”
Miles able to poke a little fun at Bluejay backers
Miles used his postgame radio show and interview with writers to praise Nebraska fans while also poking fun at some Creighton backers.
“The crowd was good,” he said. “Unfortunately, there were so many whistles, it was hard for them to really get into it. And then the lead got so big, had they been over in Omaha, they probably would have been out in the hallway.”
That’s a reference to the areas where alcohol is served at CenturyLink Center during Creighton games. After a big smile, Miles got up and said: “I’m done.”