Nebraska upsets OSU

ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- After Nebraska's previous home game, Terran Petteway stood in front of his bench, hands over his head with a pained look on his face.

He wore an expression of pure joy Monday night as the buzzer sounded and the student section rushed the court to celebrate the Cornhuskers' 68-62 upset of No. 17 Ohio State. It was the Buckeyes' fourth straight loss after a 15-0 start.

Petteway scored seven points in the final 2:22 and had 13 of his 18 in the second half to help the Huskers end a five-game losing streak and give coach Tim Miles his biggest win in two seasons in Lincoln.

"The fans are the reason. You couldn't even hear the whistle at one point," Petteway said. "The student section was filled 90 minutes before the game. I knew it was going to be a good night."

The finish was much different than the last game at Pinnacle Bank Arena two weeks ago. That night Petteway's driving layup bounced off the rim on the Huskers' last possession, and they lost by a point to Michigan.

The Huskers (9-8, 1-5 Big Ten) are 8-1 at their new home.

"I swear I've never stood in this building and thought we were going to lose a game so far," Miles said.

The Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4) beat Nebraska by 31 points on Jan. 4 in Columbus and haven't won since. The four-game losing streak is their longest since 2007-08.

"It's like there's this black cloud over us," said point guard Aaron Craft, who committed four turnovers and has 19 in the last four games. "We have to find a way to get it off."

Shavon Shields scored 18 points and had nine rebounds to break out of a sophomore slump. Deverell Biggs added 11 points for the Huskers.

The Huskers survived after squandering a 14-point first-half lead and won against a ranked opponent for the first time in 16 games. They used a 16-5 run late in the second half to regain control and made 13 of their last 16 free throws to hold off the Buckeyes.

Craft scored 12 points, LaQuinton Ross added 11 and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10 for the Buckeyes.

"When something doesn't go well, we're not able to answer the call," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "We don't have the mental toughness to make the next play. We're clinging on the mistakes. We've got to play forward."

Nebraska overcame 17 turnovers -- eight by Petteway -- and a couple of lulls to beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time January 2012. The Huskers committed turnovers on seven of their first nine possessions of the second half and went through a 6-minute scoring drought in the middle of the half before they closed strong.

Ross' finger roll gave Ohio State its last lead at 46-45. The Huskers took the lead for good when Biggs stole the ball from Craft and went in for a layup with 4:29 to play.

David Rivers' two free throws made it a 10-point game, and the Buckeyes couldn't threaten again because of Nebraska's strong free throw shooting at the end.

"I was happy for our guys to be a part of it," Miles said. "There's been a lot of hard work. There's been a lot of frustration. It's the second year, and there's not necessarily going to be incremental improvement. You can't guarantee that. There are so many newcomers and we're relatively young. We're going to try to win as many games as we can."

Nebraska led 34-25 after outscoring the Buckeyes 16-6 over the last 7:24 of the first half. Ohio State went 6 1/2 minutes without a field goal after Amedeo Della Valle's 3-pointer gave his team a 19-18 lead.

Shields scored seven points during the spurt, and Leslee Smith finished it when he swiped the ball from Amir Williams at midcourt and went in for a layup.

Ohio State got back into the game by outscoring the Huskers 18-2 over halftime, tying it and taking a 38-36 lead on layups by Craft.

"We're not the same team that won 15 in a row," Craft said. "We have to go back and find that."

TOP 25

CREIGHTON 96, No. 4 VILLANOVA 68

PHILADELPHIA -- Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers for all 27 points, Doug McDermott hit five 3s and scored 23 points, and Creighton set a team mark with 21 3-pointers in a 96-68 victory over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.

The Bluejays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) topped the school record of 20 3s set in 2005 against Chattanooga. Kyle Korver hit nine 3s against Evansville on Jan. 15, 2003. The Bluejays, in their first season in the Big East, set a conference record for most 3s in a game.

They hit their first nine 3s and never looked back against Villanova (16-2, 5-1) which had romped its way toward its highest ranking in four years. They made 21 of 35 3-pointers and led by as many 40 points.

Wragge hit eight 3s in the first half as Creighton built a 28-point lead.

James Bell scored 19 points for the Wildcats.

No. 8 KANSAS 78, No. 24 BAYLOR 68

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points, most of them coming at the free throw line, and Kansas pulled away in the second half.

Wiggins was 10 of 12 from the free throw line, and the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) were 27 of 29 as a team, allowing them to put away Baylor for their fifth straight win -- the last four over Top 25 opponents. They are the first team to accomplish that feat since North Carolina in 1997.

Perry Ellis added 19 points and Joel Embiid had 12 for Kansas, which led 37-35 at halftime but used a 14-2 surge fueled by defense and hustle in the second half to draw away.

Brady Heslip hit six 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Bears (13-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight and four of five. Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin added 16 points apiece.

XAVIER 84, DEPAUL 74

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Semaj Christon dominated with 27 points, Justin Martin scored 18 and Xavier beat DePaul 84-74 for its 10th win in 11 games.

The Musketeers (15-4, 5-1 Big East) led by 18 at the half behind scorching starts by Christon and Martin and hung on in the second half after DePaul pulled within seven.

Christon, who came in averaging a team-high 16.3 points, finished one shy of his career high set against Marquette on Jan. 9. He had 19 points in the first half and hit nine of 19 shots in the game, with no trouble driving to the rim.

Martin scored 14 in the first half and finished with three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds.

Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 25 points. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 18, but the Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) hit just 22 of 38 free throws on the way to their second straight loss.

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