PSU falls short at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 22 points and made a couple big defensive plays late, and Nebraska beat Penn State 70-64 on Thursday night for its school-record 20th straight home win.

The Cornhuskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) bounced back from two straight road losses that knocked them out of the Top 25. The Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5) lost their third straight.

Nebraska’s home win streak is the longest among power-five conference teams and fourth-longest overall. The Huskers broke the school record set by the 1965-66 and 1966-67 teams.

Roby scored six of Nebraska’s eight points after Penn State tied it 48-all. He drove to the basket to give the Huskers the lead, then he ran through a wide-open lane, caught a pass in stride from Isaac Copeland and put down a big dunk. He put back Glynn Watson Jr.’s missed 3-pointer to make it 56-51.

Roby was 8 for 9 from the field, made two 3-pointers, and was 4 for 5 on free throws to go with 11 rebounds in his best overall game of the season.

On the defensive end, he made a steal and had one of his season-high four blocked shots in the last minute to help hold off Penn State, which missed 9 of its final 11 shots.

Josh Reaves hit a 3-pointer to pull the Nittany Lions to 62-61, Watson made a huge 3. Watson saved the ball from going out of bounds, gathered himself and shot a 3-pointer that bounced three times off the rim to make it a four-point game with 2:15 left.

Watson had 19 points and three of the Huskers’ nine 3-pointers.

Reaves finished a season-high 20 points, Mike Watson had 14 rebounds and the Lions held a 46-32 rebounding advantage, including 21-6 on the offensive end.

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was back on the bench. He was suspended for Sunday’s game against Wisconsin after shoving one of his players during a timeout in a loss at Michigan last week.

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Penn State: Chambers says the Lions are improving even though the results aren’t showing it right now.

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Penn State hosts No. 6 Michigan State on Sunday. The Spartans have a 14-2 record, are ranked No. 6 and have won nine games in a row.

PENN ST. (7-9): Stevens 6-20 1-1 13, Watkins 4-5 4-9 12, Reaves 8-17 0-0 20, Dread 5-11 0-0 13, Bolton 1-9 2-2 4, Buttrick 0-0 0-0 0, Harrar 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Wheeler 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 25-69 7-12 64.

NEBRASKA (12-4): Copeland 4-10 0-0 8, Roby 8-9 4-5 22, Palmer 3-12 2-4 11, Watson 8-16 0-0 19, Allen 4-7 0-0 9, Borchardt 0-0 0-0 0, Akenten 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 27-55 7-11 70.

Halftime–Nebraska 33-31. 3-Point Goals–Penn St. 7-24 (Reaves 4-7, Dread 3-8, Jones 0-1, Wheeler 0-1, Stevens 0-2, Bolton 0-5), Nebraska 9-23 (Palmer 3-6, Watson 3-6, Roby 2-3, Allen 1-3, Akenten 0-1, Copeland 0-4). Fouled Out–Reaves. Rebounds–Penn St. 41 (Watkins 14), Nebraska 31 (Roby 11). Assists–Penn St. 11 (Stevens 3), Nebraska 13 (Palmer 4). Total Fouls–Penn St. 15, Nebraska 13. A–15,753 (15,147).

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