’Huskers toss Penn State on the road
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh scored 15 points apiece to lead four Nebraska players in double figures, and the Cornhuskers used their best shooting half of the season to set the tone in an 82-66 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night.
Jordy Tshimanga and Tai Webster had 12 points each for the Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten), who ended a three-game losing streak.
Tony Carr had 15 points and Lamar Stevens added 13 to pace Penn State (14-13, 6-8), which lost for the first time in three games.
The Huskers shot 63 percent in the first half. McVeigh scored five points at the start of a 10-3 spurt that got them out to a 34-25 lead, and he beat the buzzer with a swish from the half-court line to make it 45-37 at half.
Freshman Isaiah Roby brought some flair in the middle of the second half with back-to-back dunks to give Nebraska a 63-47 lead. He threw down a lob from Evan Taylor and followed with a left-handed jam after taking a pass from Watson during a 9-0 run.
The Huskers led by as many as 24 points and finished the game shooting 55.4 percent. They came into the game shooting 42.8 percent in conference games.
Penn State shot just 31 percent in the second half and 39.7 percent for the game.
Tshimanga, who was 6 for 7 from the field, led an inside effort that saw the Huskers outscore the Lions 46-28 in the paint.
Penn State: The Lions didn’t show up offensively and missed a chance to get to .500 in Big Ten play.
Nebraska: The Huskers did show up offensively and created some momentum for a two-game road trip to Ohio State and Michigan State.
Penn State hosts Purdue on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Nebraska visits Ohio State on Saturday.
Penn State 80, Illinois 62
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Head coach Coquese Washington told the media on Monday afternoon her team needed to have another solid first quarter and be on-point defensively early in the game to have a chance to win another road game, and the Penn State women’s basketball team did just that racing out to an early 15-0 lead on its way to an 80-62 victory over Illinois on Tuesday.
The Lady Lions (18-8, 8-6 B1G) moved their winning streak to four games, improved to 9-6 all-time on Valentine’s Day and, in the process, guaranteed they will not play on the first day at the Big Ten Tournament. The victory is also the fourth-straight over Illinois (8-18, 3-10 B1G).
Four players reached double-figures for Penn State, led by 15 points from junior Lindsey Spann. Sophomore Teniya Page and senior Sierra Moore both finished with 14 points, while Kaliyah Mitchell ended with 11.
The trio of Mitchell, Moore and Page all ended with nine rebounds — each narrowly missing double-doubles — which led the team. As a team, Penn State led on the glass with a season-high 51 rebounds, including the third-straight game with 15-or-more offensive rebounds, to just 28 for Illinois.
Spann led the team in scoring for the sixth time on the season and moved up two spots on the career scoring charts. The junior moved her career total to 1,063 points.
Moving up on a pair of career lists, Page advanced her standings on the career scoring and assists charts, while pulling down a career-best nine rebounds to move past the 200-career rebound mark. With her 14 points, the Chicago native pushed her career total to 962 points. Her six assists also helped her move up the career charts, giving her 227 helpers in her 56th career game.