Maric Leads Huskers to 57-42 Road Victory

Manhattan, Kan. ---- Aleks Maric recorded his fourth double-double of the season and Nebraska held Kansas State to 23.4 percent shooting for the game as the Huskers ran away with a 57-42 victory at Bramlage Coliseum Wednesday night. It was the lowest-scoring men's basketball game ever played in the building, which opened in 1988.

The 42 points were the fewest the Huskers have allowed in a true road game against a conference opponent in 40 years, since winning 45-41 in overtime at Oklahoma State in 1966. It was the first time the Huskers, who won their first two conference games of the season for the second consecutive season, had won back-to-back contests while scoring fewer than 60 points since 1984.


Maric dominated the paint from the start, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in the first four minutes. The 6-11, 265-pounder hit 5-of-10 attempts from the floor in his best game in more than a month and finished with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. It was the most rebounds by a Husker since 2000 when Brian Conklin also recorded 17 boards in a home victory over Kansas State.


Nebraska held the Wildcats to just one field goal for nearly eight minutes to open the game as the Huskers broke out to a 13-3 lead. Joe McCray got the Husker offense into high gear with a 3-pointer less than minute into the contest. Maric then scored six straight points before Wes Wilkinson's jumper at the 16:01 mark. Maric added two free throws less than two minutes later for a 10-point lead.


KSU then outscored the Huskers 14-8 over the next eight minutes as Nebraska missed 10 straight shots, pulling within four points, 21-17, on Cartier Martin's 3-pointer with 4:13 left before halftime. Following the first of Marcus Walker's three 3-pointers on the game, Martin came back with another 3-pointer to cut NU's lead to 24-20 with 2:25 remaining in the half.


Neither team was able to score through the final two minutes of the opening period. The 20 points were the fewest allowed by the Huskers in any half this season and the Wildcats' 25.0 percent shooting was also an opponent season low.


The Huskers hit just 24.2 percent from the floor in the opening frame but led by four as they dominated the glass, picking up 28 rebounds, including holding an 11-5 advantage on the offensive end. NU held a 10-3 advantage in second-chance points in the first period.


Nebraska stifled the Wildcat offense in the second frame, holding KSU without a field goal for the first 9:47 of the period. Kansas State went more than 12 minutes between the first and second periods without a field goal, scoring just two points on free throws.


Schyler Thomas ended the drought for the Wildcats, hitting a 3-pointer with 10:13 left in the game but by that time the Huskers had full control of the contest. Fueled by seven points from Joe McCray and a pair of baskets by Jason Dourisseau, NU used an 11-0 in the first three minutes of the second half to pull ahead 35-20 and never looked back.


An 8-0 run -- with five more points coming from Dourisseau – pushed the Husker lead to 43-22 on Marcus Perry's 3-pointer at the 11:32 mark. Perry saw extended time in the lineup in the second half as McCray went down hard to the floor after flipping over Martin while driving to the basket. McCray, who reamined on the floor for several minutes in pain, did not return to the game and finished with 10 points and three steals.


Thomas hit another trey to start an 8-0 run but the Huskers answered and pushed the lead back out to 21 before one final push by the Wildcats. KSU closed within 12, 54-42, on a pair of Martin free throws at the 3:00 mark. Nebraska clamped down again and did not allow the Wildcats another point as the missed four straight 3-point attempts in the final three minutes.


Nebraska hit 53.3 percent from the floor in the second period with only Dourisseau taking more than two shots after the intermission. Dourisseau scored 10 of his 12 points after the break, including hitting 4-of-6 at the charity stripe as the Huskers connected on 14-of-21 free throw attempts in the second half.


The Huskers return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when they play host to the Iowa State Cyclones at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be seen on FSN Midwest within the state of Nebraska and on ESPN Fullcourt as part of the Cyclones' television package. The game can also be heard on the Pinnacle Sports Network and on the Internet at Tickets for Tuesday's contest are available at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office and can be purchased on  


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