Michigan St 66, Nebraska 56

Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:00 PM
Location - Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Officials - John Higgins, Steve McJunkins, Kelly Self
Attendance - 14797

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Nebraska 32 24 56
Michigan St 32 34 66

Recap


No. 18 Michigan State 66, Nebraska 56: Derrick Nix scored 17 points and Adreian Payne had 14 as the host Spartans needed a late push to win the Big Ten game.

Branden Dawson contributed 12 points and Gary Harris, Jr. scored five of his nine in the crucial final two minutes for Michigan State (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten). Keith Appling, the team’s leading scorer on the season, overcame a slow start to score all eight of his points in the second half and distribute a team-high nine assists.

David Rivers scored 18 points, Dylan Talley had 17 points and eight rebounds and Ray Gallegos scored 12 for Nebraska (9-8, 0-4). 

The teams were tied at 32 after a back-and-forth first half and continued to trade leads until Harris ended his team's four-minute field-goal drought by sinking a 3-pointer with 1:51 remaining to give the Spartans a 58-54 lead. 

Harris then stole the ball from Shavon Shields at the other end of the floor, leading to two free throws by Nix and a six-point advantage. Another steal by Michigan State and two more free throws by Harris with 45 seconds left pushed the lead to eight. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Payne made his second 3-pointer on the fifth attempt of his three-year career early in the second half to give the Spartans a 39-38 lead. … Nebraska learned Friday it would be without Brandon Ubel, the team’s leading rebounder (6.8) and third-leading scorer (12.1), who is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured right elbow. With the loss of Ubel, the Cornhuskers had just six players who played regular minutes this season. … Michigan State remained in a second-place tie in conference play with No. 2 Michigan, No. 10 Minnesota and No. 14 Ohio State.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ray Gallegos 40:00 5-16 1-8 1-2 1 4 5 1 1 3 2 2 12
Dylan Talley 38:00 6-19 2-8 3-5 2 6 8 4 1 2 1 0 17
Andre Almeida 24:00 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 0 0
David Rivers 40:00 8-8 1-1 1-1 3 3 6 0 4 1 1 1 18
Shavon Shields 26:00 4-8 1-2 0-0 0 6 6 2 5 0 3 0 9
Jordan Tyrance 12:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
Benny Parker 20:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0
Trevor Menke 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-58 5-19 5-8 8 21 29 13 18 8 12 5 56
  39.7% 26.3% 62.5% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 12

Michigan St Spartans

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Derrick Nix 23:00 6-9 0-0 5-5 3 2 5 0 1 2 1 0 17
Keith Appling 38:00 1-6 0-3 6-8 0 3 3 9 0 2 3 2 8
Branden Dawson 34:00 6-7 0-0 0-4 2 4 6 0 0 3 2 1 12
Gary Harris 36:00 1-11 1-4 6-6 1 6 7 1 2 0 1 0 9
Denzel Valentine 18:00 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 8 8 1 1 0 1 1 3
Adreian Payne 21:00 6-6 1-1 1-3 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 14
Travis Trice 23:00 1-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 0 3
Alex Gauna 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russell Byrd 5:00 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-48 4-13 18-28 7 26 33 14 8 8 11 5 66
  45.8% 30.8% 64.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 11