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
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
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
"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
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
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."