LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Bobby Knight's team gave him another reason to be upset.
Nate Johnson scored 17 points as Nebraska rolled to a 72-44 rout of No. 25 Texas Tech in what turned into a Big 12 Conference mismatch.
The fiery Knight watched his Red Raiders (19-8, 7-6 Big 12) lose for the sixth time in eight games with their most lopsided defeat of the season. Their last four losses have been by an average of 18 points.
In the second half, the Red Raiders managed just 18 points on 18.5 percent (5-of-27) shooting. Knight also had reason to be angry with his team for getting hammered on the boards, 50-24.
"We were just thoroughly beaten," Knight said. "That's a simple explanation of the game. There wasn't any phase we weren't beaten in, including just simply how hard or how intelligently we played."
Andrew Drevo added 13 points for the Cornhuskers (15-9, 5-8), who won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 13-3 at home. They were coming off Saturday's 87-83 loss at then-No. 7 Oklahoma State.
"Our confidence is high, and we fed off that," said Johnson, who made 7-of-9 shots. "We held our heads up and kept positive. That's what we did for 40 minutes tonight."
Jarrius Jackson scored 10 points to lead Texas Tech, which matched its lowest output under Knight, previously accomplished in a loss to Kansas State last season.
Red Raiders guard Andre Emmett, the conference's leading scorer, was held to a season-low nine points. But he did become the school's all-time leading scorer, passing Rick Bullock's record of 2,118 points set from 1973-76.
The Cornhuskers broke open the game with a 20-8 run in the first 9:13 of the second half to build a 54-34 lead.
Brian Conklin contributed 11 points for Nebraska, which shot 47 percent (25-of-53) and made 6-of-17 attempts from 3-point range.