Toney McCray matched his career high with 18 points and Nebraska defeated Colorado 79-67 on Tuesday night, ending the Buffaloes’ seven-game winning streak.
Jorge Brian Diaz had 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Lance Jeter and Drake Beranek added 10 apiece for the Cornhuskers (14-4, 2-2).
Alec Burks had 22 points but committed seven turnovers, and Levi Knutson had 17 points for Colorado (14-5, 3-1). The Buffaloes, who were off to their best Big 12 start since 1996-97, were held 17 points under their season-scoring average.
Nebraska led 31-30 at half and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to break the game open. Colorado committed seven of its 16 turnovers in the first nine minutes after halftime.
Jeter added nine assists and six rebounds for the Huskers.
The Buffaloes had started Big 12 play with wins over nationally ranked Missouri and Kansas State, then came from 10 points down to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday. But they struggled to defend a Nebraska team that had a marked size advantage.
Nebraska shot 57 percent and built big leads early in each half. Austin Dufault, at 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, couldn’t contain the 6-11, 245-pound Diaz and 6-11, 310-pound Andre Almeida. Jeter regularly fed Diaz, who scored easily on baseline moves.
Colorado caused many of its own problems during the decisive stretch in the second half. Marcus Relphorde launched an air ball, McCray stuffed Burks as he started to go up for a jump shot and Cory Higgins dribbled the ball off his leg in transition and later made an errant bounce pass out of bounds.
The Colorado bench and Relphorde also were assessed technical fouls.