Neither basketball team could hit the broadside of a Nebraska barn, but the Cornhuskers made enough to hand Penn State its 11th consecutive defeat with a 67-53 decision on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions shot just 14 of 48 (29 percent) from the field, while the Cornhuskers made just 15 of 46 (32 percent).
With so many misses from the floor, the teams turned to the foul line to score the bulk of their points. Penn State (8-15 overall, 0-11 Big Ten) was 23 of 32 from the line, while Nebraska (12-12, 3-8 Big Ten) made 32 of 41.
Penn State’s D.J. Newbill led all scorers with 17 points on 4 of 14 shooting from the field and 9 of 12 from the foul line. Jermaine Marshall, who was coming off a poor shooting performance against Purdue, did not start for the first time in 25 games. Marshall finished with 16 points on 3 of 10 from the field and 8 of 8 from the line.
Ross Travis scored just five points, but also collected 13 rebounds. Seldom-used Alan Wisniewski saw 17 minutes of action for Penn State and rewarded Patrick Chambers’ trust by contributing six points and eight rebounds.
Dylan Talley’s 16 points led Nebraska. Brandon Ubel finished with 14 points and Ray Gallegos with 11.
Penn State’s season-long shooting woes were on full display in the first half. Penn State shot just 5 of 25 from the field for 20 percent. Nebraska shot just 9 of 26 from the field, but took a 33-26 lead into the break.
Newbill, the Lions' leading scorer at the break, didn’t even make a field goal. The redshirt sophomore was 0 for 6 from the field but 6 of 6 from the stripe to lead his squad with six at intermission. Marshall also went without a field goal (0 for 4) in the first half.