East Lansing, Mich. - Draymond Green scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while the sixth-ranked Spartans used a 23-2 second-half run to put away a short-handed Nebraska squad, 62-34, Saturday night in East Lansing.
Michigan State (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) moved within one game of clinching the Big Ten title, holding Nebraska (12-15, 4-12 Big Ten) to a season-low 29.2 percent from the floor and its lowest offensive total in Doc Sadler's six seasons.
The Huskers were within 23-15 at the break when Bo Spencer suffered an ankle injury on the final possession of the half. Spencer, NU's leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, did not return in the second half, as MSU out-scored the Huskers, 39-19 after halftime, and finished with two points.
In the second half, the Huskers trailed 25-17 after a Brandon Ubel basket with 16:27 left, but Green scored 12 of his 20 points over the next six and half minutes, as Michigan State built a 48-19 lead and cruised to the win.
Green got the run started with a jumper and a three-point play, as the Huskers had just two baskets in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Ubel led Nebraska with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while no other Husker had more than six points.
The Huskers struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting 26.9 percent from the floor, but held the Spartans in check offensively and trailed only 23-15 at the break.
Huskers fell behind 7-0, as Nebraska missed its first five shots from the floor before Ubel's tip-in got the Huskers on the scoreboard. The Huskers held MSU scoreless for the next four minutes, pulling within 7-4 on a Dylan Talley basket with 13:15 left in the half and was within 14-9 after a Toney McCray 3-pointer with 8:06 left in the first half. MSU then went on a 7-0 run, as a 3-pointer by Austin Thornton and a jumper by Brandon Wood gave the hosts its largest lead of the half at 21-9. Trailing 23-11, baskets by Richardson and Spencer made it an eight-point game at the break, but Spencer injured his ankle on the final play of the half.
Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 29, as the Huskers host Iowa on Senior Night. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and tickets are available by calling 800-8-BIGRED or visiting Huskers.com.