LINCOLN, Neb. — Despite a career-high 15 points from freshman Jordy Tshimanga, Nebraska dropped another game at home on Wednesday night, falling 72-61 to Michigan State.
Nebraska (10-12, 4-6 Big Ten) has now lost six of its last seven games, dating back to Jan. 8. Michigan State (14-9, 6-4), meanwhile, has now won two straight games and is up to fifth in the conference.
Tshimanga played his best game of his short career, hitting all 4 of his shots, scoring 10 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in the first half. In fact, he didn’t miss his first shot until a would-be dunk bounced out, of all things.
He finished with 9 rebounds to go with those 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior guard Tai Webster added a game-high 18 points, his 23rd straight game scoring in double figures.
Freshman Isaiah Roby only played 9 minutes and scored 1 point. And the entire Huskers team struggled from beyond the arc, hitting just 4 of 16 shots from 3-point range.
What it means
Nebraska played toe to toe with Michigan State for a while, but the Spartans ultimately were just too tall and shot too well. Michigan State led 32-26 at the half and, though the Huskers trimmed the deficit to 2 in the second half, never surrendered the lead.
In the end, the loss doesn’t mean much. Nebraska’s postseason hopes were slim as it was. At 10-12, the Huskers are likely out of the postseason conversation, barring a miraculous turnaround.
Who is next
Nebraska will travel to at Iowa on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip. The Hawkeyes are 13-10 overall, 5-5 in the Big Ten, and have won two straight games, against Ohio State and Rutgers. Nebraska beat Iowa in a double-overtime thriller on Jan. 5.
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