Nebraska 93, Colorado 77
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Nebraska’s Jason Dourisseau had one priority Wednesday night—shut down Colorado’s Richard Roby.
Dourisseau did his job and the Huskers took an easy 93-77 win, avenging an 81-59 drubbing in Boulder on Jan. 25. Roby was held to 7 points.
“I came in tonight completely focused on defense,” Dourisseau said. “He got 30 on us (in Boulder). I knew I was going to get the match-up. I didn’t care if I got one point. I wanted to contain him. To hold him to 7 points is pretty unbelievable.”
Nebraska coach Barry Collier praised Dourisseau’s defense, crediting his work as one of the keys to Nebraska’s win.
“He made it tough for him to get loose,” Collier said of Dourisseau’s defense against Roby. “He had great awareness of where Roby was in transition. He was certainly positioning to chase him in the half court and he got some good help.”
The win pulls Nebraska (17-9, 7-6 Big 12) into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big 12 conference with Colorado and Texas A&M.
Colorado (17-7, 7-6) made just three of its first 20 shots as Nebraska took a 25-7 lead on Marcus Perry’s 3-pointer with 6:59 left in the half.
The Buffaloes cut the lead to 11 at 30-19. But a pair of free-throws and a 3-pointer by Charles Richardson Jr. triggered a 13-4 half-ending Nebraska run that made the score 43-23 at the break.
Nebraska dominated the game at both ends of the floor in the first half. The Huskers hit 54 percent of their shots and were 12-of-14 from the free-throw line. Colorado shot just 24 percent in the first half.
“We came out with an urgency to come out and get the win at the beginning of the game,” said Richardson, who had 10 first half points.
Nebraska doubled up on Colorado with Jamel White’s 3-pointer that made the score 54-27 with 15:51 remaining. Nebraska’s largest lead of the night was 29 at 62-33.
Colorado mounted a furious challenge midway through the second half, outscoring Nebraska 18-5 to cut the lead to 16. But Nebraska countered with a 7-0 run of its own to push the lead back to 23. Colorado never got closer than 18 the rest of the game.
“We won by four in the second half, but we started out slow and we didn’t make shots,” said Colorado coach Ricardo Patton. “This team can’t start out slow. Our best shooters have to come out shooting the ball well.”
The slow start didn’t surprise Patton.
“I had to kickstart our team at our shootaround today,” he said. “The game was a reflection of that.”