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Nebraska Men’s Basketball Recap: Huskers Cruise to a 62-46 Victory over Kansas State

An Inspired 2nd half carries Nebraska

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

First Half Analysis:

Nebraska played fairly well in the first half despite being down 34-31. It started off well for Nebraska, particularly by Rienk Mast, who made his first 3-point attempts of the ball game. Tylor Perry countered with 3 3’s on his own, leading KSU with 9 points. Nebraska out-hustled KSU for most of the half, despite committing one more turnover. Nebraska did not attempt a single free-throw in the half.

Kansas State did a really good job of sharing the basketball, recording 9 assists on 12 field goals. Kansas State shot 34.3% from the floor, going 12-35 and 4-18 from the 3-point line, shooting 22.2%. Tylor Perry led the Wildcats with 9 points. Cam Carter finished the half with 8 points. David N’Guessan led KSU with 5 rebounds, while Macaleab Rich had 3 crucial offensive rebounds. KSU had 17 rebounds for the half.

Nebraska was led by Rienk Mast had 11 points, while Juwan Gary had 7. Gary and Brice Williams each had 5 rebounds, which paced the Huskers. Nebraska had 20 rebounds for the half, which is a solid start for a road game. Nebraska went 12-34 from the floor, shooting 35.3% and 7-18 from the three-point line, resulting in 38.9%.

Second Half Analysis:

Nebraska straight up took the air out of the crowd early in the second half. Nebraska opened the first 4 minutes of the second half with 7 offensive rebounds. Juwan Gary was a man possessed as he had 4 of them. The opening salvo set the tone, as Nebraska kept up the pressure and outhustled KSU. Nebraska took the lead with 17:51 left in the game and never relinquished the lead. Things did get a little interesting, as the Huskers went on a bit of a scoring drought, going 1-8 from the field in a four-and-a-half-minute timespan, but Kansas State couldn’t make a shot for love or money. Juwan Gary and Rienk Mast had double-doubles by the 8-minute mark, including 11 offensive rebounds by Gary himself. Allick attempted Nebraska’s first free-throws of the game halfway through the second half.

Final Stats and Thoughts:

Kansas State finished the game shooting 26.7% from the floor as they went 16-60. They shot a meager 4-30 for 13.3% from deep. KSU failed to make a 3 in the entire second half. The Wildcats went 10-18 from the free-throw line. Kansas State finished with 11 assists on the 16 field goals and had 31 rebounds in the contest.

Cam Carter led the way with 12 points, while Tylor Perry finished with 11. Macaleab Rich paced the Wildcats with 9 rebounds, while Will McNair Jr and David N’Guessan each had 6. Perry had 6 assists to lead the way for KSU.

Nebraska shot 34.7% from the field, going 25-72 from the floor. The Huskers were a little better from 3 land, going 11-31 for 35.5%. Nebraska finished a paltry 1-4 from the free-throw line, as Josiah Allick went 1-2, Brice Williams and Rienk Mast missed their only attempts. Nebraska finished with 52 rebounds, including a phenomenal 19 on the offensive side.

Nebraska had balanced scoring again, as Rienk Mast had 19 points, while Juwan Gary scored 13, Brice Williams contributed 10 and Keisei Tominaga added 9. Gary and Mast were absolute beasts on the glass, with Gary pulling down 18 rebounds and Mast with 12. Willimas had 9, which unfortunately made him one short from having 3 Huskers with a double-double. Tominaga had 4 assists and 5 steals, which led both of those categories.

Nebraska played the best half of the entire season in the second half against K-State. Kansas State went gone completely cold, scoring only 12 points in the half. This was easily the most complete game of the season by Nebraska, winning comfortably, playing stifling defense and out hustling to every rebound.

The Cornhuskers return to the hardwood on Wednesday, December 20th. They take on North Dakota at 6:30 PM CST from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. That game will be on BTN+.