Baylor 47

(5-11, 0-3 Big 12)

Nebraska 76

(11-4, 1-3 Big 12)

    8:05 PM ET, January 21, 2004

    Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

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    BAY 17 3047
    NEB 26 5076

    Nebraska 76, Baylor 47

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska scored 76 points Wednesday night against Baylor. But Cornhusker coach Barry Collier was more impressed by the fact that the Bears scored only 47.

    Collier credited a revived defense for his team's first Big 12 victory after three losses to open the conference season.

    "For the last three games, I wasn't sure we could guard a dead man in a coffin," Collier said. "Now we feel like we could challenge some teams. I really feel like our guys were physical today and that makes a huge difference."

    Nebraska (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) held Baylor (5-11, 0-3) without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes to open the game. But the Huskers struggled to score as well, taking their first double digit lead on Nate Johnson's 3-pointer that made the score 12-1 with 8:55 remaining.

    Nebraska led by nine at the half and saw Baylor score to open the period to come within seven. Then the Huskers went on their spurt, which opened with a Jake Muhlheisen 3-pointer and ended with a Jason Dourisseau's dunk. That put the lead at 39-21 with 15:40 remaining.

    The Bears had a five-point flurry to cut the lead to 13. But Nebraska countered with 13 straight points to take a 52-26 lead on Brian Conklin's 3-pointer with 8:40 left.

    Baylor made just 31 percent of its shots Wednesday and Nebraska outrebounded the Bears 39-25.

    Nebraska did much of its offensive damage from beyond the 3-point line where the Huskers hit 11 of 18 shots over Baylor's zone defense.

    "It was just a matter of knocking down open shots," said Dourisseau, who led the Huskers with 18 points and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. "When you do that, everything else opens up. When you knock down open shots, it really puts pressure on the defense."

    Baylor coach Scott Drew said Nebraska's defensive pressure wore the Bears down in the second half.

    "We felt somewhat fortunate to be in the game at halftime," Drew said. "But we didn't give Nebraska enough possessions to really take a big lead. We played good defense and limited them to 24 possessions in the first half. In the second half, Nebraska had nearly double that. We need to do a better job taking care of the basketball."

    The 29 point margin was Nebraska's largest win ever over Baylor.

    "I'm very pleased we played well and won by as big a margin as we did," Collier said. "I did not expect that."

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