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Cornhuskers get landmark win

Nebraska’s  Walter Pitchford, far left, and David Rivers apply the pressure on Michigan State’s Keith Appling, who winds up with two points in 19 minutes.

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Nebraska’s Walter Pitchford, far left, and David Rivers apply the pressure on Michigan State’s Keith Appling, who winds up with two points in 19 minutes.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford pushed Nebraska to one historic win.

Petteway scored 23, Pitchford had 18 and the Cornhuskers beat Michigan State 60-51 Sunday to get to .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since joining the conference.

"We really came in and played with a chip on our shoulder," said Petteway, who had 16 in the second half.

It also was Nebraska's first Big Ten win over Michigan State. The Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6) have won three straight conference games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

"It was just a matter of staying together," Pitchford said. "We couldn't let the crowd dictate the game."

Gary Harris had 18 points on 5-of-15 shooting and Adreian Payne scored 11 for Michigan State (21-5, 10-3), which blew a chance to move a game ahead of Michigan in the conference race.

The Spartans shot 34 percent (17-of-50) and made 5 of 24 3-pointers.

"We got what we deserved," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "And the only guy to blame for that is me. It's my job to get them ready to play, and we didn't look ready to play."

Nebraska took leads of 6-0 and 13-4. The Cornhuskers had a 32-25 edge at halftime and held off a second-half surge by finishing with a 9-2 run.

"I've only been here a year-and-a-half," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. "But for us, obviously, it's a marquee win."

It was Michigan State's first loss to Nebraska since Dec. 10, 1994, when the Huskers rallied for a 96-91 overtime win over the No. 15 Spartans. Michigan State had won six of seven against Nebraska in East Lansing.

The Spartans have dropped four of seven after winning 11 in a row.

"This was a game we were supposed to win," Payne said. "But they wanted it more, and we didn't really come through."

Nebraska outhustled the Spartans for most of the game, helping it make up for its own shaky offensive performance. The Cornhuskers shot 36 percent (19-of-53) from the field.

After Payne's layup pulled Michigan State to 51-49, the Spartans grabbed a defensive rebound and called timeout with their crowd roaring. Kenny Kaminski then air-balled a 3 from the left wing and Petteway made a contested 3 on the other end.

NO. 4 WICHITA ST. 84, EVANSVILLE 68: Ron Baker scored 26 and Fred VanVleet had 18 points, eight assists and five steals for the visiting Shockers (27-0, 14-0 MVC), who remained one of two perfect teams in major college basketball with No. 1 Syracuse.

NO. 18 CREIGHTON 101, NO. 6 'NOVA 80: Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart, and the host Bluejays (21-4, 11-2 Big East) passed Villanova (22-3, 10-2) for first place in the league with their second blowout win over the 'Cats in a month.

NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 102, RUTGERS: Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 and hit six 3-pointers for the host Cardinals (21-4, 10-2 American), who made a season-high 16 3s on 30 attempts in their fourth straight win.

NO. 21 WIS. 75, NO. 15 MICH. 62: Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Badgers (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten), who committed only two turnovers and smothered the Wolverines (18-7, 10-3) in the first half.

TEMPLE 71, NO. 23 SMU 64: Dalton Pepper scored 24 for the host Owls, who snapped a four-game winning streak by the Mustangs (20-6, 9-4 American).

KNIGHT FIRED: Lamar fired coach Pat Knight, son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, with the Cardinals having won six games the past two seasons.

Cornhuskers get landmark win 02/16/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:30pm]

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