After Nebraska missed two lay-up's to not close the deal against Michigan, combined with a mildly frustrating loss to Purdue in West Lafayette 8 days ago, Tim Miles embraced a week long break and wanted Nebraska to play hard Monday night as they took on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Boy, did they ever.
Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields both scored 18 points, and Deverell Biggs brought 11 much needed points as the Huskers parlayed a 13-0 run in the first half to a 68-62 victory against the #15 Buckeyes in front of 15,342 people Monday night in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska (9-8, 1-4 in B1G) shot an even 50% for the game from the field, and used a 38-26 advantage in the paint to give Ohio State (15-4, 2-4 in B1G) their fourth straight loss in conference play.
Along with 18 points each, Petteway also added 5 rebounds, while Shields added 9 rebounds and 1 steal tonight. Tai Webster added 9 points as well as Biggs' 11, which was much needed with both Ray Gallegos only getting 2 tonight and Walter Pitchford recording none.
Petteway has scored double digits in 14 straight games, which is the most since Aleks Maric did the same feat in '07-'08.
For the Buckeyes, Aaron Craft led scoring with 12 points, adding 7 rebounds. LaQuinton Ross added 11, but missed his last 4 shots of the evening as the Huskers outplayed the Buckeyes 23-16 in the last 4:42 of the game when OSU had their last lead of the game at 46-45.
As much as the Huskers dominated at times, Ohio State came out blazing in the second half, using an 11-2 run to go from a 34-25 deficit at haltime to a 38-36 lead in just five minutes of game time. However, OSU didn't get more than a 1 point lead at anytime in the second half, allowing the Huskers to hang around and eventually take control in the final stages of the game.
At the end of the game, students and older patrons alike performed the first court storming of the history of Pinnacle Bank Arena. Even the long arm of the law was impressed.
Not only did Nebraska snap a five-game losing streak, they also snapped a 15 game losing streak against ranked teams, the last victory coming in 2012 against Indiana at the Bob Devaney Center in Doc Sadler's final season.
The Huskers now try to create that B1G winning streak as they travel East to Happy Valley to take on the Penn St. Nittany Lions Thursday. Ohio St. will head back to Columbus to take on Illinois, also on Thursday.