Husker Hoops beats Rutgers

Lincoln, NE.- (KLKN)- Nebraska men's basketball defeats Rutgers 72 to 51 at home for their seventh win.

LINCOLN, Neb. (Husker Athletics) — Behind a career-high 25 points from Lat Mayen, Nebraska put together its most complete effort of the season in a 72-51 win over Rutgers Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Mayen scorched the nets, hitting 9-fo-11 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, as Nebraska led wire to wire. He had 20 of his points in the first half, as the Huskers raced out to a 43-25 cushion.

Mayen was one of three Huskers in double figures, as Derrick Walker posted a career-high 14 points and six rebounds, while Trey McGowens added 12 points and five assists.

The Huskers (7-17, 3-14 Big Ten) shot 52 percent from the field, including 55 percent in the opening stanza, and had 19 assists, including 14 in the first half.

Nebraska limited Rutgers (13-10, 9-10 Big Ten) to just 39 percent shooting, including 3-of-23 from 3-point ranger and out-rebounded the Scarlet Knight, 38-28.

The Huskers’ 21-point lead is the largest margin of victory over a conference opponent since they defeated the Scarlet Knights by 24 on Jan. 6, 2016.

Jacob Young led the Scarlet Knights with 12 points on the night while Ron Harper Jr. added 10.

The Huskers close the regular season on the road, next meeting No. 5 Iowa in Iowa City on Thursday. Tip is set for 8 p.m. (CT) with television coverage by the Big Ten Network and radio coverage from the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

POST GAME NOTES

*-Nebraska’s 21-point win was its largest in Big Ten play since a 87-63 win over Rutgers on Feb. 6, 2016. Prior to tonight, NU’s last 20-point win in Big Ten play was a 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 18, 2018.  NU led by as much as 30 in the second half, while its 18-point halftime lead was its largest in conference play since the 2015-16 season.

*-Lat Mayen finished with a career-high 25 points, including 20 in the first half. His previous high was 16 against Illinois on Feb. 12. Mayen hit his first seven shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers.
*-Mayen’s 25-point game is the Huskers’ 11th 20-point game of the season. He was the fourth Husker to have a 20-point game this season
*-Nebraska shot 51.9 percent from the field, becoming only the third Rutgers opponent to shoot over 50 percent this season (also Ohio State and Illinois).
*-Nebraska has now shot 50 percent or better in each of its last three home games, the first time its happened since the 2013-14 season.
*-Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied or set season bests in rebounds (seven, tied), assists (five, tied) and steals (four).
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Rutgers 38-28, as the +10 was its best effort in Big Ten play and matched its best performance against a Division I opponent in 2020-21 (also McNeese State). It is the first time NU has out-rebounded a conference opponent by 10 or more board since the 2018-19 season.
*-Nebraska had 19 assists for the second straight game, matching its highest total in Big Ten play this season.
*-Nebraska finished with 11 steals, the sixth time NU has reached double-figures in steals
*-Nebraska held Rutgers to 51 points, its second-lowest total of the season, and just 38.6 percent shooting.
*-Nebraska has held seven of its 12 opponents to under 40 percent shooting since returning from its pause on Feb. 6.
*-Nebraska held Rutgers to just 3-of-23 from 3-point range, the lowest by a Husker opponent this year.
*-Derrick Walker finished with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. It marks his second straight double-figure effort.
*-Trey McGowens reached double figures for the 15th time with 12 points and dished out five assists. Over the last two games, McGowens is 9-of-12 shooting and with 10 assists and three turnovers.

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