Kansas 69, Nebraska 48
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Kansas extended its Big 12-leading win streak to six games with a 69-48 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
The Jayhawks (16-6, 7-2) never trailed while winning for the 13th time in 15 games.
Nebraska (15-7, 5-4) saw its three-game win streak end.
Chalmers, who hit the game-winning shot in Sunday’s 59-58 victory over Oklahoma, made only 2 of 7 shots in the first half. But he made 4 of 8 3-pointers after the break as Kansas steadily pulled away.
The Cornhuskers, who shot 34.6 percent and committed 19 turnovers, managed just three points in the final 8:08.
The Jayhawks’ winning streak started with a 96-54 victory over Nebraska on Jan. 21 in Lawrence. The Huskers never threatened to avenge their most lopsided loss in 52 seasons and fourth-worst all time.
Kansas used its superior athleticism to come up with almost any contested rebound or loose ball, allowing it to win big on a night it shot only 41.9 percent and saw its hottest player go cold.
Freshman Brandon Rush, averaging 18.7 points in his previous nine games, was just 3-of-11 from the field and finished with six points.
Jeff Hawkins, averaging 4.4 points, picked up the slack off the bench with 11 points after being held scoreless in three of his past four games.
Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson and Rush had seven rebounds apiece.
Aleks Marich led Nebraska with 16 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 4:39 to play. Jason Dourisseau had 14 points.
Kansas led by as many as 10 points in the first half after Hawkins hit two straight 3-pointers to put the Jayhawks up 24-14.
The Jayhawks then went six possessions without scoring, but the Huskers could only manage to pull to four points. The Jayhawks led 32-24 at halftime.