On the night Nebraska raised Tyronn Lue’s number 10 jersey to the rafters, Michigan State stole the show with the best three-point shooting performance by a Husker opponent in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.
The Spartans shot 65% from behind the arc, en route to a 72-61 win over Nebraska. The loss dropped the Huskers to 10-12 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play.
“More than anything they really executed their stuff,” said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. “They made their shots. They made big shots and they kept doing it.”
Nebraska was paced by 18 points from senior guard Tai Webster. Freshman center Jordy Tshimanga added 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Five Michigan State players scored in double figures, at one point in the second half building a 20-point lead. Nebraska closed the gap some in the final minutes, but never got within ten points in the final ten minutes of the game.
“For us not to have the ability to get into the ball, that’s what I couldn’t understand,” said Miles. “They’re talented guys. They’re going to do that to you.”
At halftime, Nebraska retired the jersey of former Husker, now Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue. Lue played three seasons at Nebraska, leading the Huskers to an NIT Championship in his freshman season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in his junior season.
“Just a special honor to be here,” said Lue. “This day is finally here. I’m enjoying it. It’s an honor and a blessing so I’m very excited to be here and be back.”
Lue went to the NBA after his junior season with Nebraska and played more than a decade in the NBA before joining the coaching ranks. Lue was two NBA championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and led the Cavaliers to the NBA title last season.
Nebraska travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes Sunday afternoon.