Kansas clobbers Nebraska
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush scored 20 points, scoring half
during a key 27-point first-half run, as the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks
downed Nebraska, 76-56, at the Devaney Center
Julian Wright added 17 points for the Jayhawks (19-3, 6-1 Big 12), who have
won three straight and 13 of their last 14 games.
Ryan Anderson had 19 points to lead the Cornhuskers (12-8, 1-5), who have lost
three in a row and five of six.
This game was over before the Cornhuskers’ faithful could find their seats.
Kansas scored the first six points of the game and before the Nebraska could
catch its breath, the Jayhawks were ahead 12-3.
Anderson’s three-pointer four minutes into the contest drew the Cornhuskers
within 12-6, but Kansas embarked on a 27-0 run to put this game well out of
reach before the first half was over.
“I thought that we played great early,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “That’s
about as well as you can execute. We shot (the ball) and we took care of it.
That’s about the best 17 minutes a team can play, or at least this team.”
Rush spearheaded the surge hitting consecutive threes to start things off.
Darrell Arthur’s three-point play with just over three minutes left in
the half ended it, giving Kansas a 39-6 cushion. Rush had 10 points during the
run and Arthur and Wright each tallied eight.
“Well we tried to run some special plays, but in situations like that, a lot
of times it becomes mental,” Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said. “I was trying to
talk them through it, talk about the defensive side of things. I know we had a
long scoring drought, but the thing is, I don’t think we had a guy on our team
that was not intensely trying to score.”
Kansas cruised into the locker room with a 43-16 lead and were never
threatened in the second half.
Arthur ended with 12 points…Other than Anderson, no other Cornhusker scored
in double figures…Kansas has won seven straight and 16 of 17 versus
Nebraska…Nebraska’s 16 points at the intermission were one off the fewest
points the Cornhuskers have scored in one period in the Devaney Center. The
record is 15 points in the second half against Kansas State on March 7,
1984…Nebraska suffered its worst rebound margin of the year at minus-26
(47-21), while tying its season low with one offensive rebound.