Wildcats Run Past Huskers, 76-57

LINCOLN, Neb. - Senior guard Denis Clemente scored a game-high 23 points and nailed five three's to lead No. 10/11 Kansas State to a 76-57 victory over Nebraska before 10,453 fans Tuesday evening at the Devaney Center.

With the 19-point win, Kansas State (18-4, 5-3 Big 12) picked up its largest margin of victory in a league road game since the inception of the Big 12 Conference. It also marked the largest margin of victory against Nebraska (13-9, 1-6 Big 12) in Lincoln since 1973.

Clemente, who went 7-of-14 from the field, tied his season high with five 3s, falling just one shy of his career high of six he set last season at Texas. Clemente had had 11 points at the half, but came out on fire in the second frame as he made four of his five 3s after the break, all coming during a 26-10 run that put the game away.

Jamar Samuels was a force for the Wildcats in the first half, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes. Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly also scored in double figures, adding 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Huskers were led by Jorge Brian Diaz, who scored 13 points, while Ryan Anderson added 10.

Both teams struggled early from the floor as K-State was just 2-for-7, while Nebraska was 2-for-6 as the two teams played to a 5-5 tie. That all changed when Samuels entered the game and gave the Wildcats a fast-break dunk and a jumper to give the Cats a four-point advantage.

That seemed to give Kansas State some life as Kansas State went on to hit its next four shots, including a three-pointer from Clemente to give the Cats a 14-7 advantage and force the Huskers to call a timeout.

Two minutes later, Pullen drained back-to-back three's, the latter helping Pullen eclipse the 1,200-point mark for his career. Samuels came right back and hit another trey and a free-throw on consecutive possessions to give the Wildcats' their largest margin of the half to that point at 26-12.

The Wildcats went into the locker room with a 42-28 lead and never saw its lead dip under double-digits for the final 11:03 of the first half.

Nebraska came out firing at the beginning of the second half, going on a quick 7-0 run in the first 1:50 - capped by a Sek Henry three-pointer - to cut the deficit to 42-35.

The Husker spurt was answered by the Wildcats and Clemente in particular. The senior hit three 3-pointers within a span of 1:05 to start a 26-10 run, pushing the Wildcat advantage to a game-high 23 points. During the run, Clemente nailed four three's on his way to his game-high 23 points.

Kansas State will be on the road for its second-straight game on Saturday as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State. Tip-off at Hilton Coliseum is set for 1 p.m., on ESPN2.