Aaron Henry leads Michigan State men's basketball team to first Big 10 win, beating Nebraska 84-77
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. — Aaron Henry scored a career-high 27 points and No. 17 Michigan State ended a three-game losing streak with a 84-77 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night.
The Spartans (7-3, 1-3 Big Ten) bounced back from a 25-point loss at Minnesota last Monday and beat Nebraska for the seventh straight time.
“The focus today was just to get a win,” Henry said. “Anything we could do to get a win. Anybody that comes to Michigan State, that’s the standard we’re held to. I set a career high for myself. Yeah, that’s fine and dandy. I want to win.”
Nebraska (4-7, 0-4) lost its 21st straight Big Ten game. It is off to its worst conference start since 2013-14.
Michigan State looked ready to break it open early in the second half, but the Huskers hung around thanks to the scoring provided by Teddy Allen.
Allen, averaging just under 18 points, spent most of the first half on the bench with two fouls. He scored 19 of his 23 points in the last 16 minutes.
Langford finished with 15 points, and Gabe Brown added 10 for the Spartans.
“We didn’t necessarily do it for 40 minutes tonight, but we (played) Michigan State basketball more than we have been in the past games,” Langford said, “and I think this is a great step moving forward.”
Trey McGowens had 15 of his 20 points in the first half for Nebraska.