Five Huskers totaled double figures
against the Buffs, including Wilkinson's 17 and Maric's 13. Freshman Jamel White also added 17 points, while senior Jason Dourisseau scored 13 and
junior Charles Richardson Jr. added 12. On the glass, Maric and Wilkinson
each pulled down 13 boards to help
CU star Richard Roby, who scored 30 points in the first teams' first meeting, did not score a point in the first half and was limited to just three shots and two rebounds in 15 minutes. Roby finished the game with seven points on 2-of-11 shooting, including 0-of-9 from beyond the arc. It was his lowest scoring output in conference play this season.
With the defense running on all
Both teams traded baskets early
NU ended its drought when Wilkinson
converted a traditional three-point play, which helped spark a 12-0 Husker run.
The freshman combination of White
and Walker then nailed back-to-back treys that gave
Following the second media timeout
of the half,
The Huskers are on the road this
weekend, traveling to
• Nebraska scored
its most points in a Big 12 Conference game since posting a 95-85
double-overtime victory over Kansas State to open league play in the 2005
conference slate (Jan. 8, 2005). It is the most points against a conference team
in regulation since a 99-82 victory over
• The Huskers
recorded 43 points in the opening period while holding a 20-point advantage at
the break. It was their most points in the first period in conference play,
topping the 35 points against No. 6 Texas and
• When the
Huskers and Buffaloes met in
Richardson Jr. scored 10 points in the opening period and finished with 12
points, his second double-figure scoring game of the season and the third of his
career. Richardson's first double-figure scoring game of his career game against
Colorado in Lincoln last year, when he scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He
also scored a career-high 15 points in an upset of No. 12/13
• Marcus Walker
hit a 3-pointer just under eight minutes into the second half, snapping a streak
of 13 straight misses dating back nine games. The last time he hit a 3-pointer
• Wes Wilkinson recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and first career double-double in Big 12 Conference play. It was Wilkinson's fourth double-figure rebounding effort of the year.
• The Huskers
recorded a +21 rebound margin (51-30), its second-highest mark of the year,
trailing only the +24 (40-16) it set against
• Aleks Maric and Wes Wilkinson each recorded double-doubles in the win, marking the second time this season the Huskers had two Huskers post double-doubles in the same game. Maric and Jason Dourisseau each had double-doubles in the win over Baylor earlier this season. It was Maric's team-high ninth double-double of the year and his 10th double-figure rebounding effort.
• Aleks Maric
recorded a career-high tying four blocks against
Coach Barry Collier quotes
"I felt our team played very aggressively. We largely set the tone for how we wanted to play. We rebounded well and Jason (Dourisseau) did a great job defensively guarding Richard Roby, who's a great player. I think they're a very good team. We just had some momentum and a great and enthusiastic crowd. (The first half) was probably as good as I can remember."
the difference between the first meeting and tonight
"We were scoring more tonight so they weren't on the fast break as much and we were able to get our defense set. Outside of that, we had good pressure on the ball and we did a good job of chasing the shooters and finding the cutters."
the defensive effort from Jason Dourisseau
"He had a great awareness of where Roby was in transition. He was constantly positioning himself to be in front of him. We had great help defense as well, which is something we didn't have last Saturday, so we worked on that in practice."
Senior guard Jason Dourisseau
On the game
"It felt great. It was a total team effort. We chased off screens and never gave them a good look."
guarding Richard Roby
"He has a lot of poise and we wanted to contain him and I didn't want to let the ball come to him. He is a such a good player and you dont want to let him turn it on, because he's great then. I wasn't really concerned about playing offense. I just wanted to concentrate on him (defensively)."
the team's approach to the game
"We were completely focused. We didn't care about scoring, we were worried about containing them. It was a great team effort."
approach for next game
"We need to take it one game at a time. We have to get ready for another one. It's a whole different team and we have to prepare for that. Joseph Jones is an animal inside and Acie Law is about as good as there is in the league."
Junior guard Charles Richardson
On his play in the first half
"It felt good. During shootaround, Jason told me to shoot the ball and I told him to remind me out there on the court because I get so caught up in running the offense."
the win helping the team's confidence
"It helps us build confidence. We don't want to overlook Texas A&M. We want to keep our intensity up. We don't want what happened after the
the Huskers' defense
"We were focused on Roby. We didn't want another Jarrius Jackson (who scored 41 against NU last weekend). We attacked on defense. It is as good as we've played since
Head Coach Ricardo Patton
"We won by four in the second half, but we started out slow and we didn't make shots. This team can't start out slow and our best shooters have to come out shooting the ball well."
"Our defense allowed us to play better in the second half. We didn't start out playing well defensively. Slow starts can kill teams. I had to kickstart our team at our shootaround today, and the game was a reflection of that."
"(CU forward) Julius Ashby only played 10 minutes. We continued to get buried by Aleks Maric in the post. We couldn't find an answer for him. That freed up Wes Wilkinson to hit shots, and things went downhill from there."
On the Big 12
"People talk about how the Big 12 is down, but I think that's a mistake. There's good basketball being played in this conference. We need to get home and take care of business."