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Huskers Blow Past Cyclones, 64-56

By NU Athletic Communications
Sek Henry scored nine second-half points as NU pulled away for an eight-point victory.
Sek Henry scored nine second-half points as NU pulled away for an eight-point victory.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln Aleks Maric scored 14 points and added 13 rebounds to record his second straight double-double and led the Nebraska basketball team to its second straight Big 12 Conference victory with a 64-56 win over visiting Iowa State on Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Center.


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. Iowa State hit nearly 50 percent from the field, while the Huskers hovered around 50 percent for most of the half before missing their final four shots.


Iowa State jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead before a Maric dunk put the Huskers on the scoreboard. Nebraska quickly pulled to within one and an Anderson jumper gave NU its first lead at 13-12 with just under 12 minutes remaining.


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 ended a 3:22 scoreless drought when Henry knocked down 1-of-2 free throws. Tied at 40-all, NU used a strong defensive effort to score six straight points and take control of the game.


Iowa State closed the gap to 48-43 at the five-minute mark after going more than seven minutes without hitting a field goal. Nebraska stretched its lead to nine with 2:35 remaining after an Anderson 3-pointer and a Henry jumper.


Trailing 55-46, Iowa State called a timeout and hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to seven. Henry then continued to take over on the offensive end, hitting his third basket in a two-minute span.


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.


NU hits the road next Wednesday, for a 7 p.m. contest at Kansas State that will be televised in the state of Nebraska on FSN Midwest and nationally on ESPN FullCourt.

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