Gallegos scores 20 in Huskers' 63-51 win over USC

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ray Gallegos couldn't seem to get comfortable offensively the first 15 minutes of Nebraska's game against Southern California Monday night.

He made up for lost time.

Gallegos scored 11 straight points to end the first half and break open a close game, and he finished with a career high-tying 20 in the Cornhuskers' 63-51 victory.

Gallegos, who also had 20 in last Tuesday's road win over Wake Forest, missed the only two shots he took before getting hot the last five minutes of the half.

"I started off slow, but just like last game, my teammates told me to keep being aggressive and it'll come," he said.

Gallegos, who made 4 of 8 3-pointers against Wake Forest, hit a career-high 6 of 10 against the Trojans. His 55.6-percent shooting from long range in the two games is a far cry from his 35.1-percent accuracy the first five.

Would he hesitate to shoot a 3 from any spot, any time?

"As far as right now, no," he said.

The Huskers (6-1), off to their best start since 2008-09, led by as many as 20 points in the most lopsided game in the recent four-game series with the Trojans.

Gallegos wasn't the only man with a hot hand for Nebraska. Dylan Talley made three 3s while scoring 14 points. The Huskers, who came into the game shooting just 29.8 percent on 3s, connected on a season-high 11 of 17.

J.T. Terrell scored 14 points, Byron Wesley had 12 and Jio Fontan scored 11 for the Trojans (3-4).

Nebraska had beaten USC each of the past three years by a total of eight points, and it looked like it would be another close game early. Then Gallegos went on a tear, scoring all 11 of his first-half points in a row to give the Huskers a 33-25 lead.

He hit a 3-pointer to break a 22-all tie, put Nebraska ahead with a jumper inside the arc for a 27-25 lead and then hit two more 3s to make it an eight-point game.

"What Gallegos did at the end of the first half was probably the difference in the game," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said. "It stretched it out. We were up. Then he went on that little tirade of shots that really gave them a lift and a boost."

The Huskers were just getting started.