AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Jason Dourisseau scored 17 of his 19 points in
the second half and Nebraska wore down Iowa State with its strong
inside play to beat the Cyclones 76-69 on Sunday.
Nebraska (13-12, 6-8 Big 12) followed up its upset of No. 4
Oklahoma State last Tuesday with a gritty effort that dealt a
setback to Iowa State's NCAA tournament hopes. The Cyclones (15-10,
7-7) now have lost two straight after putting together a seven-game
winning streak that included victories over four Top 25 teams.
Wes Wilkinson added 16 points for Nebraska, which crashed the
boards for 23 offensive rebounds in building a 51-37 rebounding
advantage. Aleks Maric had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Joe
McCray scored 11, including five in an 11-0 second-half run that
put the Cornhuskers ahead to stay.
Iowa State reverted to the shaky play that dogged the team
during its 0-5 start in the Big 12. The Cyclones couldn't make a
jump shot, rarely got into the transition game that is their
strength and went 1-for-11 from 3-point range.
Jared Homan led Iowa State with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Will
Blalock added 15 but was just 4-for-15 from the field. Curtis
Stinson, leading the team with a 17.6 scoring average, shot
3-for-12 and finished with nine points before fouling out.
Nebraska was called for eight fouls in the first 1:47 of the
second half, including two on center John Turek just 3 seconds
apart. Turek fouled out after playing only 9 minutes.
But the Cornhuskers kept pounding the glass and Dourisseau kept
getting inside Iowa State's zone for close-in baskets. Nebraska
also beat Iowa State down the floor several times for easy shots,
once while Stinson was celebrating after scoring on a brilliant
Iowa State led for the last time at 54-53 on Homan's three-point
play with 9:07 left. McCray, who had missed six of his first seven
shots, then hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and Nebraska started
to pull away.
Dourisseau converted a three-point play after yet another
offensive rebound to put the Cornhuskers up by nine and McCray
finished the run with two free throws, making it 65-54.
Iowa State got the lead down to 67-64 on Homan's three-point
play and had a chance to get even closer. But Stinson missed a
runner, Staple missed on a tip-in try and Wilkinson scored on a
follow shot at the other end.
Wilkinson then blocked a shot by Stinson, who retrieved the ball
but threw it away. Dourisseau drove for a bucket at the other end,
making it 71-64 with 2:11 remaining, and the Cornhuskers held on.