Lincoln, Neb. — Behind 19 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.
The Huskers return to action on Thursday night when the Huskers head to Penn State. Tipoff is 7 p.m. (CT).
The match will air live on ESPNU and carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network and the Big Ten Network.
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.
---------------------------------------- 1st 2nd Total Ohio State (17) 25 37 62 Nebraska 34 34 68 ----------------------------------------