Sam Dekker matched his career high with 21 points, and Wisconsin (22-2, 10-1 Big Ten) won its seventh straight game with a 65-55 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Cornhuskers (13-11, 5-7) lost for the fourth time in five games.
Dekker’s three-pointer with just under five minutes to play put the Badgers up 50-37, but the Huskers had one more run left in the them. Tai Webster scored six straight points to get the Huskers back to within ten and just moments later, Terran Petteway went on a spurt with a three-point play and a three-pointer to cut it to 58-53 with just over a minute to play.
Wisconsin went the last 4:53 without a field goal and was just 6 of 17 from the field in the second half. But the Badgers, who shot 39 percent for the game, made 24 of 31 free throws and 15 of their last 18 .
Petteway finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Shavon Shields added 12 in a losing effort, as the Huskers’ cold start proved costly. Nebraska, which saw its five-game home win streak snapped, shot just 21 percent in the first half in falling behind 27-13 at the break.