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Jones has career night for Lions

The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Myreon Jones scored a career-high 29 points to lead five in double figures, and Penn State held off Nebraska for an 86-83 victory on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Nebraska (5-16, 1-13 Big Ten), which trailed most of the game and by 10 points in the second half, pulled to 84-83 with 16 seconds to play. Jamari Wheeler added a pair of free throws for the Nittany Lions, and Trey McGowens missed a 3-pointer to end it.

Myles Dread had 16 points for Penn State (8-12, 5-11). Wheeler finished with 13 points and Izaiah Brockington had 11. John Harrar had a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Teddy Allen scored a career-high 41 points on 16-of-24 shooting for Nebraska. He had 28 points in the first half.

The Nittany Lions combatted Allen’s furious scoring effort by knocking down seven 3-pointers in the first half and recorded eight steals in the opening period that led to 14 points.

He made his sixth 3-pointer for his 39th point with 9:49 remaining, breaking the single-game scoring mark at Pinnacle Bank Arena. McGowens finished with 17 points.

The Nittany Lions made three straight 3-pointers to cap an 11-0 run for a 58-48 lead with 12:39 remaining. Later, Thorir Thorbjarnarson made consecutive 3s and McGowens added a third during a 9-3 stretch as the Cornhuskers tied it at 70 with 6:20 to go.

Nebraska, which began a stretch of four games in eight days, plays at fifth-ranked Illinois on Thursday. Penn State hosts Purdue on Friday. The Nittany Lions already played at Purdue earlier this year and came away with an 80-72 loss.

PENN STATE (8-12): Harrar 2-5 6-8 10, Brockington 5-9 1-1 11, Dread 6-13 0-0 16, Jones 8-18 7-8 29, Wheeler 4-9 2-2 13, Sessoms 0-5 0-0 0, Lundy 1-6 0-0 2, Buttrick 1-2 0-0 3, Tsimbila 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-70 16-19 86.

NEBRASKA (5-16): Mayen 1-3 0-1 3, Walker 4-4 1-1 9, Allen 16-24 3-3 41, Banton 0-2 0-0 0, McGowens 5-12 5-8 17, Thorbjarnarson 2-4 2-2 8, Webster 1-4 0-0 3, Andre 1-1 0-0 2, Stevenson 0-2 0-0 0, Ouedraogo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 11-15 83.

Halftime–Penn St. 39-38. 3-Point Goals–Penn St. 14-37 (Jones 6-12, Dread 4-9, Wheeler 3-8, Buttrick 1-2, Brockington 0-1, Sessoms 0-1, Lundy 0-4), Nebraska 12-25 (Allen 6-9, Thorbjarnarson 2-3, McGowens 2-6, Webster 1-2, Mayen 1-3, Banton 0-1, Stevenson 0-1). Rebounds–Penn St. 37 (Harrar 13), Nebraska 28 (Allen 8). Assists–Penn St. 19 (Dread, Wheeler 5), Nebraska 16 (Allen 6). Total Fouls–Penn St. 17, Nebraska 19.

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