Nebraska 76, Iowa St. 69
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Jason Dourisseau scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Nebraska wore down Iowa State with its strong inside play to beat the Cyclones 76-69 on Sunday.
Nebraska (13-12, 6-8 Big 12) followed up its upset of No. 4 Oklahoma State last Tuesday with a gritty effort that dealt a setback to Iowa State’s NCAA tournament hopes. The Cyclones (15-10, 7-7) now have lost two straight after putting together a seven-game winning streak that included victories over four Top 25 teams.
Wes Wilkinson added 16 points for Nebraska, which crashed the boards for 23 offensive rebounds in building a 51-37 rebounding advantage. Aleks Maric had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Joe McCray scored 11, including five in an 11-0 second-half run that put the Cornhuskers ahead to stay.
Iowa State reverted to the shaky play that dogged the team during its 0-5 start in the Big 12. The Cyclones couldn’t make a jump shot, rarely got into the transition game that is their strength and went 1-for-11 from 3-point range.
Jared Homan led Iowa State with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Will Blalock added 15 but was just 4-for-15 from the field. Curtis Stinson, leading the team with a 17.6 scoring average, shot 3-for-12 and finished with nine points before fouling out.
Nebraska was called for eight fouls in the first 1:47 of the second half, including two on center John Turek just 3 seconds apart. Turek fouled out after playing only 9 minutes.
But the Cornhuskers kept pounding the glass and Dourisseau kept getting inside Iowa State’s zone for close-in baskets. Nebraska also beat Iowa State down the floor several times for easy shots, once while Stinson was celebrating after scoring on a brilliant spin move.
Iowa State led for the last time at 54-53 on Homan’s three-point play with 9:07 left. McCray, who had missed six of his first seven shots, then hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and Nebraska started to pull away.
Dourisseau converted a three-point play after yet another offensive rebound to put the Cornhuskers up by nine and McCray finished the run with two free throws, making it 65-54.
Iowa State got the lead down to 67-64 on Homan’s three-point play and had a chance to get even closer. But Stinson missed a runner, Staple missed on a tip-in try and Wilkinson scored on a follow shot at the other end.
Wilkinson then blocked a shot by Stinson, who retrieved the ball but threw it away. Dourisseau drove for a bucket at the other end, making it 71-64 with 2:11 remaining, and the Cornhuskers held on.
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