Nebraska 76, South Dakota St. 67
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Wes Wilkinson scored 17 points to lead Nebraska to a 76-67 win over South Dakota State on Thursday.
Wilkinson led four Cornhuskers in double figures and Nebraska used a 19-7 early second half run to put away the Jackrabbits.
Nebraska (6-1) led by as many as 12 in the first half and went up 36-26 on Aleks Maric’s free-throws just after halftime.
South Dakota State (1-7) used a 7-0 spurt, including a Mohamed Berte jumper, to cut the Nebraska lead to 36-33 with 17:59 remaining.
A Maric basket started the decisive Nebraska run. The Huskers went up 50-40 on Wilkinson’s 3-pointer with 14:28 remaining, then scored five unanswered points to go up 15 with 12:59 left.
The biggest Husker lead was 17 at 64-47. Eric Heien’s 3-pointer with 4:13 left let the Jackrabbits cut Nebraska’s lead to 66-59.
But a Jason Dourisseau free throw, followed by a Wilkinson hook shot, then a Wilkinson 3-pointer put Nebraska up 72-59 with 2:47 left. South Dakota State hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to cut the final margin to 9.
Joining Wilkinson in double figures for Nebraska were Joe McCray and Dourisseau with 12 points each and Marcus Walker with 11.
Berte led the Jackrabbits with 14 points and Ben Beran added 13.