Langford leads Kansas past Nebraska
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) – Keith Langford matched a career high with 27
points and Wayne Simien contributed 18 with 14 rebounds, leading third-ranked
Kansas to a 78-65 victory over Nebraska at the Devaney Sports Center.
Langford made 10-of-17 field goals for the Jayhawks (18-1, 8-0 Big 12), who
shot 53 percent and have won four straight since a 21-point loss to Villanova
two weeks ago. Kansas swept the season series from Nebraska, having posted a
59-57 win on January 19 in Lawrence, and avenged a 74-55 loss last year in
“We came out today with a sense of urgency. Nebraska is a dangerous team, and
we also remember what happened here last year,” said Simien.
Jason Dourisseau came off the bench to lead Nebraska (10-9, 3-5) with a
career-high 24 points, while Wes Wilkinson added 13 and John Turek chipped in
12. Freshman Joe McCray, who averaged a team-high 14.7 points entering the
game and had 19 at Kansas last month, scored just seven and was held scoreless
in the second half.
“They were defending Joe and when he was in there it was tough sledding,” said
Nebraska head coach Barry Collier. “They played aggressively on him. He got
into a bit of a rhythm when we played them down there and he really didn’t get
into a rhythm tonight.”
Nebraska led for most of the first 10 minutes of the contest and opened a
19-12 cushion on a bucket by Dourisseau midway through the first half. The
Jayhawks then scored 12 of the next 13 points and never trailed again.
Aaron Miles and Langford ignited the run with consecutive three-pointers to
pull Kansas within one, and Langford followed with a layup to put the Jayhawks
ahead. After a free throw by Turek tied it for Nebraska, Michael Lee and
Simien scored to give Kansas a 24-20 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the
A three-pointer by Wilkinson pulled the Cornhuskers within 32-31 with 2:28
left, but Kansas scored the final four points to take a five-point edge into
Langford then started the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to
extend the Jayhawk lead to 42-31 and Nebraska never really caught up.
“Nebraska is a tough team to score on because they don’t give up many
transition baskets, so you have to shoot over the top of them,” said Kansas
head coach Bill Self.
The Kansas lead hovered between six and 12 points for most of the second half.
The Cornhuskers clawed within 54-46 with just under 12 minutes left, but Miles
answered with a three-pointer for Kansas. A pair of free throws by Wilkinson
got Nebraska within six with 4:31 to play, but again Kansas pulled away as
Christian Moody scored four straight points to make it a 68-58 game with 2 1/2
The Jayhawk lead reached 16 in the final minute.
“Winning Big 12 road games is key to getting the regular season championship,
so this game was important to us,” Simien added.
Langford made 3-of-6 three-point tries and Kansas finished 6-of-18 from beyond
the arc. Miles, Lee and Moody each finished with eight points for the