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Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Nebraska men's basketball falls to Michigan State 88-72

Nebraska men's basketball falls to Michigan State 88-72

MI plays Penn State on Sunday with the conference tournament beginning March 2. Instead, the Spartans did their damage in the paint.

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After a tight opening few minutes, the Lady Lions went on a 19-5 run starting at the end of the first quarter and continuing into the second period of play. He was also a 39 percent 3-point shooter.

It deserves to be said again: this is an Izzo-led team.

Michigan State is No. 43 in the RPI and No. 52 in KenPom rankings after Thursday's win against Nebraska.

Penn State offensive production in the first half mostly came from two sources.

MI shot 49.2 percent from the floor in the game, including a 40.7 percent showing from three-point range.

About midway through the half, though, Tum Tum Nairn, Jr. pushed the tempo and dictated the pace of the game the rest of the way.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michigan State and Tom Izzo have repeatedly made March the Spartans' month with strong finishes and Final Four runs.

Suddenly, four rays of light shone from the basketball heavens and down descended four freshmen, all consensus top 100 recruits in the country, headlined by athletic freak of nature Miles Bridges.

The Huskers (6-21, 2-13) scored the final nine points of the half to trim the lead to 18, and a three-point play from Jasmine Cincore early in the third moved the deficit to 15. 1 points per game. Lady Lions guards Teniya Page and Sierra Moore led the team with 23 and 19 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough in the 73-64 loss.

Then, he caught an alley-oop of the glass on a fast break that electrified the Izzone.

Joining Bridges atop the scoring column was big man Nick Ward, another freshman who plays more mature than his age.

Bridges and Ward led all scorers with 20 points each. He's scored in double digits in six of his last seven games - he had just 6 against potential Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan.

Michigan State's 2017 resume isn't as illustrious as it typically is. Turnovers were also a problem when MI beat Nebraska by 33 points in Lincoln last month. They also sit at No. 15 in the RPI a year after an eight-win season. They leaned even more on their four freshmen - Bridges, Ward, Langford and Winston - and started senior Alvin Ellis for the first time in two years. Maybe that helps them tonight. You can learn from wins, but you learn the most from the losses.

The win puts the Spartans in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten standings, with Minnesota and Northwestern.

The loss means Nebraska (6-21, 2-13 Big Ten) will probably go the entire season without winning a road game. They've been a steady nuisance this season and are a couple strong recruits away from making it back to the tournament.

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