Nebraska hosts Rider seeking a quick start

Nebraska seeks to maintain its strong start by facing Rider in a home game in Lincoln, Neb.

The Cornhuskers have won their first two games by a total of 59 points, with a recent 81-54 victory over Florida A&M.

Junior forward Rienk Mast played a key role, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, achieving the first 20/15 game for Nebraska since 2008.

Nebraska's recent win featured 55 rebounds, the most against a Division I opponent since 2018, and strong defense, limiting their opponent to 30.3 percent shooting.

Coach Fred Hoiberg sees the potential for Nebraska to become a very good offensive team if they maintain their defensive performance and take care of the basketball.

Rienk Mast averages 16.5 points and 11 rebounds, while Brice Williams, a transfer from Charlotte, contributes an average of 14 points per game.

Rider, with a 1-1 record, suffered a 30-point loss to No. 5 Marquette, trailing by 17 points at halftime.

Rider's Mervin James, a senior forward, leads the team with an average of 16.5 points, shooting 65 percent from the field.

T.J. Weeks Jr., a junior guard and transfer from Massachusetts, contributes 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds for Rider.

Rider aims to secure its first win against a power-conference team since upsetting Penn State in December 2017, with upcoming opportunities against Maryland and Penn State.

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