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Huskers Cruise Past Texas Tech

By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska improved to 13-2 at the Devaney Center this season with the win over Texas Tech.
Nebraska improved to 13-2 at the Devaney Center this season with the win over Texas Tech.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln The Nebraska basketball team used a decisive 21-2 first-half run to take a 12-point halftime lead and the Huskers cruised from there for a 73-62 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

 

The victory was Nebraska’s third in its last four conference games and improved the Huskers to 14-7 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play. Aleks Maric led the way by recording his fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with game-high totals of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Anderson totaled 19 points, while Steve Harley scored 12 and Cookie Miller added 10 with six assists.

 

Texas Tech also had four players score in double figures, led by Martin Zeno with 16. Mike Singletary recorded a double-double of his own, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders (12-10, 3-5 Big 12).

 

Despite the 11-point victory, it was all Texas Tech in the early going, as the Red Raiders used runs of 7-0 and 7-2 to build an early 19-11 advantage. After Mike Singletary completed a 3-point play to put Tech up by eight with 12:32 to play in the first half, it was all Nebraska from there.

 

Behind stellar efforts on both ends of the court, the Huskers erupted on a 21-2 run to take a 32-21 lead with six minutes left in the half. The inside-outside combination of Miller and Maric fueled the run, as Miller scored five straight points at one point and Maric scored eight consecutive points and added an assist on a Harley 3-pointer.

 

Offensively, NU hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor during the run and was perfect from the free throw line. With the offense clicking, NU’s defense rose to the occasion, holding Texas Tech scoreless for a stretch of 6:12.

 

The 21-2 run highlighted Nebraska’s best offensive half during Big 12 play, as the Huskers finished the period with 40 points while shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. The Huskers had everything working offensively, as Harley paced the backcourt with 10 points and Maric dominated the front court, scoring 17 points and adding six rebounds.

 

Nebraska continued to hold a comfortable lead in the second half as the Huskers went in front by as many as 18, following an 8-2 run midway through the period. Texas Tech finally began to chip away at the lead over the next few minutes, using a 13-2 spurt to pull within 62-55 with a little more than seven minutes remaining.

 

With their lead cut to seven, the Huskers responded with four quick points before a Tech 3-pointer cut the lead back to eight. The Red Raiders would get no closer, however, as NU pushed the lead back to as many as 13 before settling for the final 11-point margin. 

 

The Huskers remain at home on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they host Missouri at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

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