Published Saturday, February 16, 2013 AT 11:03 PM / Updated at 11:51 PM
Rough night for Ray Gallegos
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

It would have been easy for Nebraska coach Tim Miles to point a finger at junior guard Ray Gallegos and his 0-for-13 shooting night as the main reason for NU’s 73-64 loss Saturday night to Michigan State.

But Miles didn’t go there.

“I’m not going to put that on Ray,” he said. “He was one element of the game. And certainly it was a factor.

“But you can go a lot of different ways. Rebounding was part of it. We had some costly and untimely turnovers.”

Gallegos was 3 of 14 on Wednesday at Indiana to complete a miserable week. His 3-point percentage in Big Ten play is .250 (31 of 124).

Other items of note:

>> Nebraska scored 40 points in the second half. That was just the second time that has happened in 13 Big Ten games. The other was a 40-point second half against Northwestern.

>> Michigan State blocked 12 shots. That was one short of the arena record by an opponent. Kansas State swatted 13 shots in 1997.

>> The attendance of 11,947 was second this season only to the 13,368 for Creighton.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at