Huskers Win over Oklahoma State

Senior Lance Jeter reached double figures for the eighth consecutive game, as he scored 16 points to lead Nebraska to a 65-54 win over Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-6) on Saturday evening at the Devaney Center.

Lance Jeter as his 16-point effort tied his second-best scoring output of the conference season. The point guard had been averaging nearly six assists per game in Big 12 action before tonight, but relied on his scoring against OSU as Nebraska snapped a three-game losing streak. Jeter hit 7-of-8 from the foul line, as the Huskers (16-8, 4-6 Big 12) hit 15 of 18 from the charity stripe and out-rebounded Oklahoma State, 38-28.

While Jeter led Nebraska's balanced offense which saw nine players crack the scoring column, the Husker defense buckled down to hold OSU to 36 percent (18-of-50) shooting, including 31 percent in the second half, as NU held its 14th opponent of the season under 60 points.

Nebraska was in control for the majority of the game, as it took the lead for good with six minutes remaining in the first half and then built an 11-point lead just five minutes into the second half. The spurt out of the locker room to expand its six-point halftime lead was due in large put to second effort on the offensive end. Juniors Caleb Walker and Toney McCray each converted put-back buckets off misses, while McCray capped the rally with a 3-pointer after a Walker offensive rebound to give NU a 43-32 lead with 14:39 left.

As has been the case all season, Nebraska's bench play was solid. Holding a 43-34 lead, senior guard Drake Beranek scored seven straight points over a 2-minute span to put the Huskers on top 50-38 with 11:23 remaining. Nebraska grabbed its largest lead of the game four minutes later, as a Walker 3-pointer was followed by a steal and lay-up from Richardson to give NU a 15-point cushion with 7:36 left.

The Cowboys attempted a late rally and cut the lead to nine on back-to-back treys from Ray Penn with 4:39 remaining, but a 19-foot jumper from sophomore Brandon Ubel stopped the threat and put NU on top 62-51 with four minutes left. Oklahoma State would trim the lead to nine again with 2:23 remaining, but Jeter solidified the win by delivering a 3-pointer that put NU ahead 12 with 1:52 left.

Nebraska had another strong performance at the charity stripe by hitting 15-of-18 for the game, including 9-of-10 in the first half. That helped the Huskers grab a 31-25 halftime lead after a slow offensive start. Oklahoma State's Marshall Moses scored the Cowboys' first six points as NU struggled from behind the arc, missing its first four 3-point attempts until sophomore Eshaunte Jones came off the bench and drilled a trey from the top of the key with 13:50 remaining to give NU a 9-8 lead. OSU connected on six of its first 13 field goal attempts to take a 14-11 lead until Jones struck again to tie the game, 14-14.

With Oklahoma State over the foul limit, the Huskers went to the line six times over the last 4 ½ minutes and connected on all six attempts to build an eight-point lead with less than a minute remaining and took a 31-25 halftime lead.

Moses led all scorers with 18 points, while Keiton Page added 14. Jones and sophomore Jorge Brian Diaz each added eight for Nebraska.

The Huskers head back on the road next week with a Wednesday night contest at Oklahoma. The 8 p.m. contest will be televised by ESPNU. Nebraska's next home game is Saturday, Feb. 19 against No. 3 Texas at 12:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com or calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.


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