LINCOLN, Neb. — Behind four different players scoring in double digits and hot shooting from the get-go, Nebraska pulled away from Penn State in the second half and won 82-66 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.
A loser of eight of nine contests entering the game, Nebraska improved to 11-14 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten, and — perhaps — began to turn the tide on its midseason slump.
Sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr. led the way with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting to go with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Nebraska shot 55 percent from the floor in the game.
Penn State falls to 14-13 overall, 6-8 in the Big Ten.
Freshman center Jordy Tshimanga is really starting to find his groove late in the season. He shot 5 of 6 from the field in the first half and snagged 5 boards in 12 minutes of play. He finished with 12 points, just a few shy of his career high, to go with 7 rebounds.
Senior guard Tai Webster added 12 points and 6 assists, stretching his streak of scoring in double digits in 26 games. Sophomore forward Jack McVeigh added 15 points thanks to a trio of 3-pointers.
Likely still dealing with that foot injury, sophomore forward Ed Morrow wasn’t super productive on Tuesday, scoring just 6 points.
What it means
Nebraska is by no means back in the race for an NIT bid, but the win against Penn State helps Nebraska with its confidence issues.
Penn State was near the bottom of the Big Ten but had won two in a row entering the game, including a victory against then-No. 21 Maryland. At this point in the season, with where Nebraska is at, any win is worth celebrating.
Who is next
Nebraska will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play Ohio State on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are 15-12 on the season and lost to Michigan State on Tuesday night.
The last time the two squared off, Ohio State stunned Nebraska in the final second to win 67-66 on Jan. 18.
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