David Rivers led Nebraska with 18 points in his first career start, but No. 22 Michigan State closed the game on a 11-2 run, as the Spartans held on for a 66-56 victory over Nebraska Sunday evening.
Rivers, the sophomore from Little Rock, Ark., had 18 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the field, and added six rebounds to lead three Huskers in double figures. Dylan Talley had 17 points and four assists while Ray Gallegos added 12 points and three steals in a game which saw 12 lead changes and seven ties.
The Huskers (9-8, 0-4 Big Ten), who were without two of their top eight players because of injuries, were within 55-54 with 2:36 left after a Ray Gallegos basket. NU had a chance to take the lead on the next possession after Benny Parker’s steal, but Talley missed the mid-range jumper and Gary Harris came down on the next possession and drained a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:49 remaining gave Michigan State (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) a four-point lead at 58-54. Harris, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, was 0-of-10 from the field before his 3-pointer sparked MSU to a strong finish. The Spartans went a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the final 63 seconds to make the margin wider than it was in the first 39 minutes.
*-David Rivers made his first career start against Michigan State, as Nebraska used its third different lineup of the season. Rivers finished with 18 points, the second-highest output of his career. He went 8-for-8, one off Nebraska’s single-game record for shots made without a miss.
*-Nebraska scored 56 points, its highest total in Big Ten play, on Sunday.
*-Dylan Talley finished with eight rebounds, matching his season high (also vs. Wake Forest) and 17 points.
*-Ray Gallegos reached double figures for the sixth straight game with 12 points and also tied a career high with three steals and two blocked shots.
*-Jordan Tyrance had two blocked shots and two assists while playing a career high 12 minutes.
*-Brandon Ubel missed only the second game of his career, snapping a streak of 94 straight appearances for the senior. Ubel had started Nebraska’s last 47 games before suffering the injury against Michigan.
*-Nebraska has now held 16 of 17 opponents under their 50 percent shooting and has held 14 of 17 foes under their scoring average.