Nebraska 74, Kansas St. 63
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—Aleks Maric scored a career-high 41 points to lead Nebraska to a 74-63 win over Kansas State Tuesday night.
Maric’s 41 points is the most ever scored by a Husker in Lincoln. It is one point short of the Nebraska school record set by Eric Piatkowski against Oklahoma in the 1994 Big Eight Tournament and two short of the Devaney Sports Center mark set by Southern California’s Harold Miner in 1991.
Maric is the fourth player in Nebraska history to score 40 or more points in a game.
Nebraska (15-9, 4-6 Big 12) took a six-point halftime lead on Marcus Perry’s buzzer-beating 3-point shot and opened that advantage to 40-28 on Maric’s layup with 15:52 left.
Kansas State (18-8, 7-4) cut the lead to six on Cartier Martin’s jumper that made the score 48-42 with 10:07 left.
But Nebraska answered with a four-point possession. Maric hit an inside shot and was fouled but missed the free throw. Kansas State’s David Hoskins was called for a technical foul and Perry hit both free throws to give the Huskers a 52-42 lead.
Nebraska pushed the lead back to 13 as Maric scored seven straight points, putting the Huskers up 59-46 with 6:04 left.
Kansas State didn’t get within double figures until Lance Harris hit a bucket with 1:30 remaining that made the score 66-58. But Nebraska hit eight of 10 free throws to seal the victory.
Maric was the only Husker to score in double figures. Martin led Kansas State with 22 points. Harris led the Wildcats with 15 points and Jermaine Maybank added 12.