LINCOLN — Isaiah Roby took off from the lane, tucked the ball under his knee and shook the backboard with a dunk.
Pinnacle Bank Arena applauded as Roby backpedaled to defend. The Red team stripped the ball from Thomas Allen and it bounced to Roby with about 10 seconds left in the scrimmage.
“And here comes Roby,” coach Tim Miles said into the mic to the crowd, “and he’s probably going to jack up a 3 here.”
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On cue, Roby pulled up from 25 feet and threw up a shot.
It bricked off the back of the rim and bounced into the air at the buzzer — just like Nebraska’s 22 other missed 3-pointers in its 16-minute scrimmage in front of about 3,700 Wednesday.
Nebraska went 3 for 25 from behind the arc in its scrimmage. Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke led the Red team with 10 points, and senior guard Glynn Watson added nine points. Roby finished with six for the Red team. Sophomore Nana Akenten led the White team with six points, while James Palmer and Isaac Copeland scored four points each.
Now is not a time for panic about the poor shooting, Miles said.
“We had practiced earlier and I was fine with them,” Miles said. “I thought we practiced well, and I don’t really pay attention to the scrimmage.”
Husker fans stood in line for about an hour before doors opened at 5 p.m. Nebraska practiced for about 30 minutes while the crowd filtered in. They played 5-on-5 for 10 minutes before the full-on scrimmage. In that session, two 3-pointers from Akenten pulled the White team within one with about a minute left. A Palmer layup put the White team up, and Miles called off the drill after freshman Brady Heiman’s and-one layup sealed the White team’s win.
Nebraska left the floor and the players were introduced one by one to songs of their choice. After the scrimmage, the team and Miles signed autographs for about an hour.
“It was definitely a great experience,” said Burke, who has to sit out this season because of transfer rules. “I didn’t think it would be like this big because it was open practice, but it was more than what I expected.”
Miles said his guys had somewhat of a wake-up call this weekend with the 78-74 loss to Iowa State in a closed scrimmage Sunday. Nebraska lost the first half by double digits, then turned the Cyclones over 11 times in the next 20 minutes and won the half by 10. Since returning to Lincoln, Miles said, his team has been practicing well.
They just want a game, he said. Which they’ll get Nov. 1, with an exhibition against Wayne State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
“As a coach, for me, it’s a long season, so you have to pick and choose when you’re going to push buttons,” Miles said. “I feel like they’re dying to go get someone else, play in a game and just get this thing going.”