Maric was one of four Huskers in double figures as Sek Henry and Ryan Anderson each added 11 points, while Ade Dagunduro enjoyed the best offensive performance of his young conference career, finishing with 10 points. Henry scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, while Maric pulled down 10 boards in the final 20 minutes, as Nebraska never trailed in the second half.
The win moved Nebraska to 13-6 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 play. Iowa State fell to 13-9 and 3-4 in the league, despite 18 points from Jiri Hubalek and 14 from Craig Brackins.
Both teams ran their offenses efficiently in a competitive first half that featured five ties and four lead changes.
A 3-pointer gave the Cyclones back the lead at 21-18. Jay-R Strowbridge tied game at 25-all with a trey of his own, but his bucket marked the Huskers’ only field goal over the final 5:55 of the first half, as NU relied on its free throw shooting to pull even at 29-all heading into the locker room.
After the tightly-contested first half, Nebraska never trailed in the final 20 minutes.The Huskers roared out of the halftime break, scoring six straight points and forcing an Iowa State timeout with the Cyclones trailing 35-29 just 1:58 into the second half. After the quick start that featured four baskets in the first three minutes, NU would hit only one field goal over the next seven minutes.
During that stretch, ISU used a 5-0 run to cut the gap to 37-36 before
Nebraska fought through some turnovers and missed free throws to build its lead to as large as 10 before settling for the eight-point victory.