LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Aleks Maric scored seven of his 15 points in the final six minutes as Nebraska held off a second-half Marquette comeback to take an 84-74 win Wednesday.
Nebraska (5-0) used a 10-0 run to open up a 14-point lead midway through the first half and led by as many as 22 early in the second half.
Marquette (4-2) chipped away at the Nebraska lead, cutting the margin to 12 on Dominic James’ dunk with 15:41 left.
B.J. Walker answered with a pair of baskets that put the Huskers up 59-43 with 12:34 left. Then the Golden Eagles went on a 13-3 run that closed the margin to 62-56 on Jerel McNeal’s free throws with 6:08 left.
Maric countered with a short hook shot and was fouled, converting the 3-point play. Charles Richardson made a pair of free throws and Maric made another short jumper to push Nebraska to a 69-56 lead.
Marquette was able to cut the Husker lead to eight on James’ 3-pointer with 1:17 left. But Wes Wilkinson got a dunk off a fast break on the Husker’s next possession and the Golden Eagles never got closer than nine in the final minute.
Maric, who also finished with 11 rebounds, was one of three Huskers who scored 15 points, joining Walker and Wilkinson. Jason Dourisseau finished with 11 points for Nebraska.
James led all scorers with 22 points. Wesley Matthews scored 18 for Marquette and Steve Novak added 13.
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