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
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
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.
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.
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.
Huskers return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when they play host to the Iowa State Cyclones at the