3:00 PM ET, December 8, 2002
Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Minnesota was playing its third game in five days and Rick Rickert, the Big 10 preseason player of the year, was feeling the effects of the flu.Nebraska took full advantage of the situation Sunday, running away with an 80-60 victory over the Golden Gophers (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP). Andrew Drevo had career-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers. Drevo, a transfer from Division II Morningside, scored 10 points as the Cornhuskers took a 16-0 lead. ''When you go on a big run, it's important to not get too excited,'' Drevo said. ''The tendency is to let down. Minnesota made a couple runs, but we never let down.'' The Gophers (4-1) missed their first five shots and committed five turnovers before Michael Bauer scored 5:59 into the game to end the drought. The Huskers (3-3) scored on seven of their first 10 possessions to start the rout, with Drevo hitting two 3-pointers and dunking two putbacks. ''We obviously as coaches and players have to take responsibility that we weren't ready to play,'' Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. ''When you get down 16-0, it's a tough chore. They're a tired team and, I think, a team that has a lot of pride. They were embarrassed today.'' Maurice Hargrow led the Gophers with 15 points and Jerry Holman added 13. Rickert, the Big 10 freshman of the year last season, played only 17 minutes and was held scoreless. Rickert, who came into the game averaging 18.3 points, missed the Gophers' win over Bethune-Cookman on Friday because of the flu. He still was ailing Sunday. ''Rick is weak. He's obviously not ready yet,'' Monson said. ''Playing at this level, he wasn't in any condition to do it, but we needed him and he tried.'' The Gophers, playing their first road game, shot a season-low 31.1 percent from the field, including just 22.2 percent from 3-point range (6-of-27). They committed 16 turnovers. Holman's basket early in the second half got the Gophers within 46-32, but the Huskers went on a 19-3 run to lead 65-35 with 11:40 left. Drevo, a 6-foot-8, 270-pound junior forward who sat out last year after transferring, is averaging 17.3 points in his last three games. This game was his first double-double. ''He didn't do anything that he hasn't done every day,'' Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. ''He just did it all in a row today. Andrew has the ability to play inside and outside. He's a handful.'' Nate Johnson, who added 14 points for the Huskers, said Drevo has been a pleasant surprise. ''When he hit those early shots, it was like a confidence boost for him,'' Johnson said. ''But it was also a boost for the whole team because everyone feeds off that.'' The Huskers, who lost to Division II Alaska-Fairbanks two weeks ago, look to build off Sunday's upset. ''It's only a single game, but it's a great win for our team,'' Collier said. ''We didn't have a senior dress for us today, so it was important for our guys to know how things can be when you play at a high level.''
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