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Penn State men lose as Nebraska wins 20th straight at home

Associated Press
| Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:57 p.m
Nebraska’s Isaiah Roby (15) grabs the ball away from Penn State’s Lamar Stevens (11) during the first half Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.
Penn State’s Jamari Wheeler (5) and Nebraska’s Thomas Allen (12) chase the loose ball during the first half Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 22 points and made a couple big defensive plays late, and Nebraska beat Penn State, 70-64, on Thursday night for its school-record 20th straight home win.

The Cornhuskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) bounced back from two straight road losses that knocked them out of the Top 25. The Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5) lost their third straight.

Josh Reaves finished a season-high 20 points, Mike Watson had 14 rebounds, and the Lions held a 46-32 rebounding advantage, including 21-6 on the offensive end.

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was back on the bench. He was suspended for Sunday’s game against Wisconsin after shoving one of his players during a timeout in a loss at Michigan last week.

Nebraska’s home win streak is the longest among power-five conference teams and fourth-longest overall. The Huskers broke the school record set by the 1965-66 and ’66-67 teams.

Roby scored six of Nebraska’s eight points after Penn State tied it 48-48. He drove to the basket to give the Huskers the lead, then he ran through a wide-open lane, caught a pass in stride from Isaac Copeland and put down a big dunk. He put back Glynn Watson Jr.’s missed 3-pointer to make it 56-51.

Roby was 8 for 9 from the field, made two 3-pointers, and was 4 for 5 on free throws to go with 11 rebounds in his best overall game of the season.

On the defensive end, he made a steal and had one of his season-high four blocked shots in the last minute to help hold off Penn State, which missed 9 of its final 11 shots.

Reaves hit a 3-pointer to pull the Nittany Lions to 62-61, and Watson made a huge 3. Watson saved the ball from going out of bounds, gathered himself and shot a 3-pointer that bounced three times off the rim to make it a four-point game with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left.

Watson had 19 points and three of the Huskers’ nine 3-pointers.

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