Nebraska missed a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, as Penn State held off the Huskers, 68-65, Thursday afternoon at the United Center.
Shavon Shields, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his 3-pointer was just off the mark, as Penn State advanced to the second round and ended the Huskers’ season.
Shields and Petteway nearly led the Huskers to a remarkable comeback, as Nebraska (13-18) trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before rallying in the final 16 minutes. Petteway led the Huskers with 29 points in a losing effort, his 13th 20-point game of the season.
D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 26 points, including eight in a 14-1 second-half run that broke open a three-point game in the second half. Shep Garner also added 19, as PSU (17-15) will take on Iowa Friday afternoon.