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Huskers (11-4) (1-3) KenPom ranking #16 @1/9/19Roby's Double-Double Sparks Huskers to Win
Lincoln – Behind a career-high 22 points from Isaiah Roby, Nebraska snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-64 win over Penn State Thursday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Roby had 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added season bests in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (four) to propel the Huskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) to its 20th straight home win dating back to last season.
Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and three assists, while James Palmer Jr. added 11 as the Huskers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, but could not subdue the Nittany Lions until the end.
Clinging to a 58-57 lead, Watson scored eight straight points for the Huskers, the last being a 3-pointer with 2:15 left that staked the hosts a 65-61 lead. Penn State got to within 66-62 after a Mike Watkins free throw just under 20 seconds remaining, but Roby salted the game away hitting four straight free throws in the final 17.2 seconds.
Nebraska’s defense held Penn State to just one field goal in the final 2:51, as the Nittany Lions shot just 36 percent, but used a 46-32 advantage on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points to stay in the contest.
Josh Reaves led four Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) in double figures with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread added 13 apiece.
The first 20 minutes was closely contested, as neither team led by more than five points and NU took a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 48 percent from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, but Penn State hung around by outscoring the Huskers, 5-0, on second-chance points and going 4-of-7 from the line, while NU got to the line just twice in the opening 20 minutes.
Nebraska trailed 19-14 with 9:14 left in the half before the Huskers rallied. Roby had five of his 10 first-half points in the surge, tying the game at 21.
PSU would eventually push the margin to 26-23 before Thomas Allen single-handedly keyed a run with seven straight points, as NU pushed the margin to 30-26 after a steal and layup with 3:18 left in the half.
PSU would run off five straight points, taking a 31-30 lead on a Reaves 3-pointer, as he scored 11 first-half points. Nebraska would answer behind a banked-in 3-pointer from Watson to give the Huskers a two-point lead going into the locker room.
Nebraska stretched the two-point halftime lead to four after a Watson basket, but PSU went on an 8-1 run, as consecutive 3-pointers from Reaves gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead and forced a timeout with 17:06 left.
Nebraska then regained the lead with an 8-2 run of its own, as Watson’s 3-pointer gave the hosts a 44-41 lead with 14:35 left. From there, neither team could pull away, as their team led by more than five points until the final 15 seconds.
Thu, 1/10 vs Penn State (#61) (7-8) (0-4), @ PBA, 8:00pm CT, ESPN2
Huskers Host Penn State Thursday Night
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The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday evening to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.
The Huskers (11-4, 1-3 Big Ten) look to bounce back after a 93-84 loss at No. 25 Iowa on Sunday. Senior Isaac Copeland had a season-high 24 points to lead four Huskers in double figures, but the Hawkeyes got a strong performance from Jordan Bohannon, who scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half. Iowa also went 10-of-22 from 3-point range and 29-of-32 from the foul line, while Nebraska shot just 4-of-23 from long range against the Hawkeyes.
Nebraska will look to sharpen its focus on the defensive end, as its last two opponents shot a combined 46 percent from the floor and averaged 83.5 points per game after the Huskers entered January allowing just 37 percent shooting and 57.8 ppg.
Nebraska goes for a school-record 20th straight home win on Thursday night. It is the fourth-longest streak in the nation entering this week's action and the longest by a power conference program. A win against the Nittany Lions would match the streak set by the 1965-66 and 1966-67 squads.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Under eighth-year coach Patrick Chambers, Penn State comes to Lincoln looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Nittany Lions, who went 26-13 and won the NIT in 2018, returned three starters from year ago, but have been forced to use several lineups during the first half of the season. Penn State handed No. 9 Virginia Tech its only loss of the year and has battled nationally ranked Michigan and Indiana. In Sunday's loss to Wisconsin, the Nittany Lions shot just 38 percent and committed 16 turnovers which led to 19 Wisconsin points.
Senior forward Lamar Stevens has been the one constant for Penn State, as he leads the Nittany Lions in both scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg). Stevens has been in double figures in all 15 games, including seven 20-point efforts, and has six double-doubles. He had 22 points in Sunday's game against Wisconsin. Junior Mike Watkins returns on the interior and is averaging 7.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field. Senior Josh Reaves is one of the premier defensive players in the Big Ten, as he leads the conference in steals at 2.5 per game while also leading Penn State in assists (3.3 apg). Freshmen Rasir Bolton (13.1 ppg) and Myles Dread (8.1 ppg) provide additional offensive output.