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Preseason exhibition games are supposed to show teams what they have to work with, and what they need to work on. That's exactly what Nebraska got out of Wednesday's 97-58 win over NAIA Peru State.

"(Peru State) really tested us," Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said. "These games are so important to show what to work on and expose you in certain areas."

The Bobcats kept the game close through the first half, never trailing by more than nine points as they shot 50 percent from deep, making seven triples.

That hot shooting dropped off slightly in the second half, but Nebraska's offense also took off. Up 39-31 after the break, the Huskers opened the second frame with an 11-2 run.

Peru State never got closer than 11 points while Nebraska scored 38 of the final 49 points.

The Huskers shot 62 percent for the game, including 11-of-22 on 3s. That number from deep was propped up by 7-of-9 shooting in the second half.

All 14 scholarship players got in the game, plus freshman walk-on Sam Hoiberg. All but two of them scored.

Alonzo Verge Jr. led all scorers with 20 points. He filled out the stat sheet with eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals as well.

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Derrick Walker (12), Keon Edwards (12), and Eduardo Andre (10) also hit double figures.

Starters for the night were Walker, CJ Wilcher, Trey McGowens, Bryce McGowens, and Lat Mayen. Rounding out the top nine in the rotation for most of the game were Verge, Edwards, Keisei Tominaga, and Wilhelm Breidenbach.

Hoiberg has said in the past week that rotation is a constant work in progress.

"We've got 12 or 13 that certainly you can make an argument to get on the floor and get minutes and be in the rotation," Hoiberg said. "Those guys that played the last ten minutes were phenomenal. They were great on the bench; they were positive.

"When they got their chance and their name was called they went in there and made an impact."

An area that has plagued Nebraska in the Big Ten was evident in this first exhibition. The Bobcats grabbed 12 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points.

"That's gonna be my big theme all year long," Hoiberg said. "Physicality. As the length and athleticism continue to go up, starting on Sunday, we're gonna have to grow in that area if we want to have a great season."

Nebraska has one more exhibition game before the season gets under way. The Huskers host Colorado Sunday morning at 11.