staff, February 16, 2013

Keith Appling scored 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds in eighth-ranked Michigan State's 73-64 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The win allowed Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.

The Cornhuskers (12-14, 3-10), who have lost seven straight against opponents ranked in the top 10, never led but were within a point with 14 minutes left. The Spartans put away their fifth straight win with a 20-6 run.

Dylan Talley scored 19 of his career-high 28 points in the second half.


Denzel Valentine finds Adreian Payne for alley-oop:

Gary Harris hustles, gets breakaway jam:

FINAL: Adreian Payne scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Derrick Nix added 13 and 10 to lift No. 8 Michigan State to a 73-64 win over Nebraska on Saturday at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Gary Harris was 5-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for the Spartans, who hit 49 percent of its field goals (23-of-47). Michigan State grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and also got a double-digit contribution from Keith Appling (16 points). Dylan Talley contributed 28 points and had four assists for Nebraska (12-14) in a losing effort. The Cornhuskers had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 36 percent (22-of-61) from the field.

HALFTIME: No. 8 Michigan State has used a 24-10 advantage on the glass to claim a 29-24 halftime lead at Nebraska. The Spartans led by as many as 11 points in the first half and never trailed. Adreian Payne grabbed seven rebounds and Derrick Nix chipped in with six to lead Michigan State's rebounding attack. Keith Appling led all scorers with 10 points, while Denzel Valentine added seven for the Spartans, who registered seven assists on 11 first-half field goals. Dylan Talley scored nine points and dished out three assists to pace the Huskers.

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