EAST LANSING, Mich. – Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford pushed Nebraska to one historic win.
Petteway scored 23 points, Pitchford had 18 and the Cornhuskers beat Michigan State 60-51 Sunday to get to .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since joining the conference.
“We really came in and played with a chip on our shoulder,” said Petteway, who had 16 in the second half.
It also was Nebraska’s first Big Ten win over Michigan State. The Cornhuskers (6-6, 14-10) have won three straight conference games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
“It was just a matter of staying together,” Pitchford said. “We couldn’t let the crowd dictate the game.”
Gary Harris had 18 points on 5-for-15 shooting and Adreian Payne scored 11 for Michigan State (10-3, 21-5), which lost out on an opportunity to move a game ahead of No. 15 Michigan in the conference race.
No. 4 Wichita State 84, Evansville 68: Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals, leading No. 4 Wichita State to an 84-68 victory at Evansville.
The Shockers (14-0 Missouri Valley Conference, 27-0) remained one of two perfect teams in major college basketball and extended their school-record winning streak. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list No. 1 Syracuse could join later this week.
No. 18 Creighton 101, No. 6 Villanova 80: Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart, and No. 18 Creighton defeated sixth-ranked Villanova 101-80.
Creighton’s second win over Villanova in a month moved the Bluejays (11-2, 21-4) into a first-place tie with the Wildcats (11-2, 22-3) in the Big East. The Bluejays beat the same ranked opponent twice in the same season for the first time in program history. They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.
No. 13 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54: Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and No. 13 Louisville throttled Rutgers 102-54
The Cardinals (10-2 AAC, 21-4) made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the arc on 30 attempts for their fourth straight win, completing a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (4-9, 10-16). Louisville also shot 56 percent in posting its biggest win this season.
No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62: Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 21 Wisconsin smothered No. 15 Michigan in the first half before holding on for a 75-62 victory.
The Wolverines (10-3 Big Ten, 18-7) cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that, helping Wisconsin regain control. The Badgers (8-5, 21-5) have won four straight – and they committed only two turnovers.
Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64: Dalton Pepper scored 24 points and Temple defeated No. 23 SMU 71-64.
Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder in Anthony Lee, Temple (2-10 AAC, 7-17) knocked a top-25 opponent for the first time since March 10 against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against the Top 25 this season, but have now beaten a ranked opponent in each of the last seven seasons.
The Mustangs (9-4, 20-6) had a four-game winning streak snapped at the end of what has been an eventful week for coach Larry Brown’s team. It started with SMU entering the AP rankings for the first time in 29 years.