Jayhawks end Huskers' Big 12 tourney run

Dallas - Nebraska's run in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship ended on Saturday with a 79-65 loss to No. 17 Kansas in the semifinals at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Nebraska had advanced to the semifinals by defeating Missouri in Thursday's opening round and No. 22 Oklahoma, 69-63, in Friday's quarterfinals.

The 17th-ranked Jayhawks opened a 38-26 halftime advantage on Nebraska (19-13) and quickly ended any Husker comeback hopes in the second half. With the Huskers trailing 40-30, KU bolted to a quick 7-0 run to push its lead to 17 points and never looked back. The Jayhawks extended their lead to as many as 21 points in the second half (53-32) in advancing to Sunday's championship game against top-seeded Texas.

Nebraska mounted a minor comeback midway through the second half, slicing KU's lead from 21 points to 12 at 53-41 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Marcus Perry, but the Jayhawks quickly regained control. Kansas was led by freshman guard Mario Chalmers who finished the game with 18 points, while three other Jayhawks reached double figures.

Nebraska was led in scoring by senior Jason Dourisseau who finished with 16 points, while senior forward Wes Wilkinson added 15 points. Aleks Maric and Perry were also in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Huskers finished the game with 37.5 percent accuracy from the floor, while hitting 17-of-21 free throw attempts. Kansas was efficient on the offensive end, connecting on 51.7 percent of its field goals (30-58), including seven 3-pointers, with six of those before halftime.

Nebraska opened the game quickly as Wilkinson scored the game's first five points, but Kansas quickly exerted itself with a 9-0 run over the next 3:19. Nebraska scored the next six points to take an 11-9 advantage, but that would be Nebraska's last lead of the afternoon.

With the game tied at 13-all at the 11:39 mark, Kansas unleashed a 3-point barrage, connecting on four treys in the next 3 ½ minutes to take a 26-15 advantage. The Jayhawks extended their lead to 31-17 with 6:09 left in the first half, but Nebraska responded with a 9-2 run to slice the lead to seven points. However, Kansas scored the final five points of the half to take a 38-26 lead into the locker room.

Kansas connected on 46 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half, including 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Nebraska hit just 33 percent (9-27) from the floor in the first half and committed nine turnovers before intermission.

With the loss, Nebraska will now await a Sunday evening announcement on a possible NIT berth.

Nebraska Notes
• Senior forward Wes Wilkinson's 15-point effort in today's game marked his 19th double-figure scoring effort of the season.
• Senior Jason Dourisseau finished an outstanding tournament with 16 points and five rebounds in today's contest. Dourisseau opened the tournament with a season-high 20 points against Missouri, then posted his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's victory over 22nd-ranked Oklahoma.
Today's scoring effort was Dourisseau's team-leading 21st double-figure game of the year.
• Nebraska dropped to 1-5 against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship, including 1-2 in the semifinals of the tournament.

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