Rienk Mast has been a bit of a disappearing man the last few times out for Nebraska basketball. He announced his return with authority on Tuesday night as he carried the Huskers to a big victory over Ohio State.
The Buckeyes came into the night with a 13-5 record overall and a 3-4 record in the Big Ten. In other words, they are exactly the kind of team the Nebraska basketball team needs to beat as the season starts to move into the home stretch.
For a while, it looked like the same struggling Cornhuskers that showed up ever since their upset over Purdue was on the court again. After tying the game early at 13-13, OSU went on a 7-0 run to take a 20-13 lead. And then, it was all Nebraska for essentially the rest of the game.
Rienk Mast and company managed to outscore Ohio State 70-49 for the rest of the game. They did that despite the fact that Keisei Tominaga finished the night with 5 points.
Of course, when your center scores a career high 34 points, also pulls off a double-double thanks to 10 rebounds and also hits a career high 6 three pointers (on 8 shots) then you can allow your leading scorer to take the night off.
Nebraska basketball rolls to victory behind Rienk Mast
Just how on fire was Mast on Tuesday night? He was 13-for-17 against OSU. In his previous two games, he was just 6-for-23 from the field.
His 6 three-point buckets, were more than he had in the last six games combined. And his contributions were far from only as a scorer. Rienk Mast also dished out four assists and had a Nebraksa basketball career high 2 blocks.
All of that helped the Huskers improve to 15-5 on the season and 4-3 in the Big Ten. That puts the Nebraska Cornhuskers alone in 5th place in the conferece, a coveted spot as the calendar steams towards march.
As one analyst said after the game, it's almost time to start wondering whether Nebraska basketball is going to make the NCAA Tournament and start talking about their seed.