Lincoln – Behind 18 points and nine rebounds from Shavon Shields, Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak and handed Tim Miles his first win over a ranked opponent, as the Huskers topped No. 17 Ohio State, 68-62, Monday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 15,342 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Shields was one of three Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska shot 50 percent against one of the nation’s best defensive teams and snapped a 15-game losing streak against ranked foes dating back over two years.
Sophomore Terran Petteway had 18 points, including 13 in the second half, while Deverell Biggs continued his strong play off the bench with 11 points, four points and three assists.
The Huskers (9-8, 1-4 B1G) built a 14-point first half lead before Ohio State roared back with an 18-2 surge over a seven-minute span to take a 38-36 lead. The Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4 B1G) led 46-45 before Biggs made one of the biggest plays of the game, stripping All-Big Ten guard Aaron Craft and getting the layup to put the Huskers ahead for good.
Nebraska led 51-49 after a pair of Craft free throws with 2:08 left, but Petteway led the Huskers on a 10-2 spurt, scoring six points as Nebraska pushed the lead to 61-51 after a pair of free throws from David Rivers with 1:02 left.
Nebraska salted the game away down the stretch, hitting 17-of-20 free throws in the final four minutes to preserve the upset over Ohio State, and hand the Buckeyes their first four-game losing streak since the 2007-08 season.
Aaron Craft led Ohio State with 12 points and seven rebounds led three Buckeyes in double figures. NU held LaQuinton Ross to just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, as OSU shot just 40 percent and were out-rebounded 33-27.
The Huskers may have played some of its best basketball of the year in the first half, shooting 56 percent and taking a 34-25 lead to the locker room. Shields, Biggs and Leslee Smith did most of the damage, combining for 22 points, as Nebraska out-scored the Buckeyes 26-6 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes.
Biggs and Shields led the Huskers on a 13-0 blitz, as the Huskers turned a 21-20 lead into a 34-20 cushion after a Smith steal and layup with 2:21 left in the half. OSU closed the half with five straight points to pull within single-digits as the break.
The Huskers return to action on Thursday night when the Huskers head to Penn State. Tipoff is 7 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU and carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
*-Nebraska’s win against No. 17 Ohio State snapped a 15-game losing streak against ranked teams, dating back to a win over No. 11 Indiana on Jan. 18, 2012.
*-Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak, including a 31-point loss in Columbus on Jan. 4. Nebraska improves to 1-2 against ranked teams this year.
*-The win also snapped a nine-game Ohio State win streak in the series and was NU’s first win over the Buckeyes since joining the Big Ten (0-6).
*-Nebraska became the second Ohio State opponent to shoot 50 percent this season. Nebraska shot 37 percent in the first meeting.
*-Tonight’s crowd of 15,342 is the second largest in school history
*-With 18 points, Terran Petteway has been in double figures for 14 straight games, the longest stretch since Aleks Maric had 14 straight double-figure games in 2007-08.
*-Shavon Shields’ 18 points and nine rebounds tied or set highs in Big Ten play. Shields’ nine rebounds also marked the second straight game he has had a season-high in rebounds.
*-Nebraska’s 13-0 first-half run is the Huskers’ second-longest of the season and largest since a 15-0 run against Arkansas State on Dec. 14