Michigan State shakes off sloppy play to beat Nebraska…

Michigan State shakes off sloppy play to beat Nebraska…

Considering Nebraska (7-18, 2-12) is on a 10-game losing streak, he could play in a game for the first time since January 29.

Brown had career records with 17 points and five triples, and Ahrens had 14 points in the season in 22 minutes, his greatest action in the seven games that has returned from an Achilles and ankle injury. Haanif Cheatham leads the team with 12.4 points plus 3.8 rebounds per contest this season. Xavier Tillman, playing three days after his wife gave birth to the couple's second child, had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Just when it seemed that the Spartans could begin to move away at the beginning of the second half, Nebraska converted three turnovers in a row in two quick baskets and a free throw to throw within 48-46. It was there on Saturday night when the Spartans went on a 12-2 second-half run took a seven-point lead over first-place Maryland.

"It's kind of hard to find a motivation", said Oudraogo. They are not entirely out of the Big Ten race, but now is the time for them to get some victories to improve their planting in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. The Huskers chipped away and got within 61-54 after a Jervay Green 3-pointer with 8:54 left, but could get no closer as Michigan State ran off nine straight points, including 3-poitners from Gabe Brown and Kyle Ahrens to push the lead back to 16. It is not a matter of effort.

The Spartans started sophomore walk-on guard Jack Hoiberg against his father, Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg, in a game where they were favored by double digits but plagued by another slow start. So I told my staff I'm going to start Jack because it's the right thing to do. "I'm sure we'll be sitting around and he's coaching and I'm retired drinking a beer and talking about this moment".

Michigan Wolverines basketball junior forward Isaiah Livers is shooting 44.3 percent from three on the year. "Even if we had lost it would have been the right thing to do".

Asked about the scouting report on Jack, Fred smiled and said, "He's quick; got his dad's quickness and his mom's ability to shoot".

Jack, a stalwart on the Spartans' scout team who typically plays only in blowouts, said it was a odd feeling being on the court in Lincoln.

"I'm super proud of him playing 30-plus minutes as a freshman", Livers said of his younger teammate. "It didn't really feel like it when I was out there, but I'd look down over at their bench and realize that this was the first time I've ever been not rooting for my dad's teams. It was a great experience".

MSU, 18-and-9 overall and 10-and-6 in the Big Ten, hosts Iowa Tuesday.

After the Spartans won both meetings against the Cornhuskers last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

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