Buffs Get Big Win in Lincoln

The University of Colorado men's basketball team utilized a 36-27 second half, and an 18-point night from senior forward <b>Michele Morandais</b>, in claiming a 68-60 victory over Nebraska Wednesday night in Lincoln. Morandais' offensive effort was the highest in the game as the French Polynesian native shot 4-12 from the field and made each of the seven attempts he took from the free throw line. Here is the game recap.

Two other CU starters contributed with their team's third consecutive win with double-digit offensive efforts, as seniors Blair Wilson and Lamar Harris combined to shoot 10-15 and score 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Conspicuously silent in the CU box score is junior center and pre-season All-American David Harrison, who dropped just seven points for the Buffs after shooting 2-7 from the field.

Each of CU's starting five; Morandais, Harris, Wilson, Harrison, and Jason Obazuaye saw more than 30 minutes of floor time in the win for head coach Ricardo Patton, as the Buffs' five active bench players combined for 24.

John Turek and Nate Johnson tied for NU's team-high honors with 13 points apiece, as Nebraska placed four players in double figures in the losing effort. The loss snapped the Huskers' 11-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

Nebraska led at the half 33-32 and again several times throughout the second half. With 6:53 remaining, the Huskers led by one but would never be on top again.

Colorado took the lead for good with 5:34 left and opened up the largest lead of the game with 24 seconds left.

The Huskers suffered their second straight conference loss Wednesday, despite posting higher totals in field goals made (22 to 21), rebounds (31 to 30), assists (13 to 12), and steals (6 to 4).

NU (10-3; 0-2 Big 12) dropped their Big 12 opener to Iowa State Saturday. For Colorado (9-4; 1-1 Big 12), though, Wednesday's win represents the Buffs' first conference victory of the season after dropping a nationally-televised 77-62 decision to Kansas in Boulder on Jan. 5.

The Buffs will have a long bus ride and two full days to enjoy their first conference win, and prepare for their matchup Saturday against Iowa State in Boulder (2 p.m. tip).

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