K-State’s Jacob Pullen scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half to lift the Wildcats over the Huskers 61-57 Wednesday night at the Devaney Center.
The Wildcats (19-9, 7-6) won for the fifth time in six games and took sole possession of fifth place in the Big 12. Nebraska (18-9, 6-7), had their three game winning streak come to an end.
One of Doc Sadler’s concerns coming into this game is the way K-State would defend against his big guys and after a solid performance against Texas, Andre Almeida and Jorge Brian-Diaz were shut down.
Almeida was just 1 of 5 for four points, and he had only two rebounds. Brian Diaz was 2 of 11 for five points with one rebound.
NU made a run late at K-State. Eshuante Jones hit a 3-pointer to get the Huskers to 58-56 with 7.1 seconds left. Martavious Irving made one of two free throws on the other end to give the Wildcats a three point lead. Lance Jeter went to the line for Nebraska with 4.7 seconds left. He made the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second but didn’t hit the rim, giving possession to K-State. Pullen made both free throws to seal the win.
K-State plays tough defense and it just wasn’t NU’s night. The Wildcats held the Huskers to 35% shooting and forced 17 turnovers, but one thing I’ll say, NU fought and put themselves in a position to make it a game late.