Michigan State Spartans guard Branden Dawson (22) and Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Shavon Shields (31) chase the loose ball in the first half at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Keith Appling scored 16 points and Adreian
Payne filled out the stat sheet with 15 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 8
Michigan State outlast Nebraska, 73-64, on Saturday.
Derrick Nix also registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards for
the Spartans (22-4, 11-2 Big Ten), who have won five straight after knocking
off rival Michigan in convincing fashion on Tuesday. Freshman Gary Harris
netted 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor in the victory.
Dylan Talley had a game-high 28 points and Shavon Shields scored all of his 19
points in the second half, to go along with 12 rebounds for the Cornhuskers
(12-14, 3-10), who have lost two straight and four of their last five games
The Spartans' win sets up a showdown with top-ranked Indiana Tuesday night in East Lansing, with sole possession of first place on the line.
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