LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Wayne Simien continued his late-season surge with 22 points off the bench as No. 18 Kansas avenged an earlier loss with a 78-67 Big 12 Conference victory over Nebraska.
Simien, who has been limited in practice due to a sore groin, is averaging 19.6 points in his last 11 games and needs 79 to reach 1,000 for his career.
"It was a good all-around effort," Simien said. "We definitely wanted to have the seniors finish out on a good note."
The Jayhawks (19-7, 11-4 Big 12) were embarrassed at Nebraska on February 15, suffering a 74-55 defeat. But they held the Cornhuskers scoreless for nearly seven minutes late in the first half and led by as many as 22 points early in the second.
Freshman J.R. Giddens scored 13 points and Jeff Graves added 10 for Kansas, which finished 13-1 at Allen Fieldhouse and has won 27 straight conference home games. The Jayhawks conclude the regular season at Missouri on Sunday.
"It was good that the seniors were all able to start and contribute," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I was happy with how the game went but not with how it ended. That was a 20-point game and we obviously jacked around and they made some plays."
Brian Conklin scored 14 points for Nebraska (16-10, 6-9), going 4-or-4 from 3-point range in the first half.
"We didn't get to Conklin early, obviously, because he was 4-for-4 from 3-point range," Self said. "They just made shots early. They were unbelievable making shots. Then, we finally started getting to the shooters. They had about only two threes in the last 30 minutes, but they had about seven in the first 10."
A pair of 3-pointers by Conklin gave the Cornhuskers a 17-11 lead with 14:38 remaining in the first half, but Kansas responded with a 10-0 run, taking the lead for good.
Conklin's fourth 3-pointer of the half pulled Nebraska within 28-27 with 7:29 left in the half. The Jayhawks answered with a 15-0 run, building a 43-27 lead on Keith Langford's jumper with 54 seconds to go.
"I thought that Kansas played a very aggressive game tonight," Cornhuskers coach Barry Collier said. "They are a very good team when they play like they did tonight. They were physical and aggressive. They just had the edge."
Nebraska scored the final four points of the first half but any hopes of a comeback ended in the first three minutes of the second. Giddens' three-point play staked Kansas to a 53-31 cushion with 17:17 to go.