LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Luther Muhammad scored 18 of his career-high 24 points in the second half, and Ohio State ended its longest losing streak in 21 years with a 70-60 win over struggling Nebraska on Saturday.
Muhammad made three 3-pointers in the middle of the second half to spark a 20-5 run that propelled the Buckeyes (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten) to their first win in six games.
James Palmer and Glynn Watson Jr. combined for 37 points to lead the Cornhuskers (13-7, 3-6), who have lost three straight games and five of seven. Nebraska played without Isaac Copeland for all but a minute of the second half after he landed awkwardly when colliding with an Ohio State player under the basket. Tim Miles said after the game that they don't know the severity of Copeland's injury, and he will get an MRI, likely Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State started breaking open the game after Nebraska took its last lead, 38-36. The Buckeyes badly beat the Huskers on the boards, 45-31 overall and 14-7 on the offensive end. Disgruntled fans gave a sarcastic cheer when Nebraska got a long rebound of a missed Ohio State 3-pointer with about 6½ minutes left. A good number of them walked out at the next timeout.
Nebraska went 6:19 without a field goal in the second half against Ohio State's 2-3 zone and without Copeland on the floor.
C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson scored 10 points apiece for the Buckeyes, and Kaleb Wesson had 11 rebounds to go with his seven points.
Palmer had 19 points and Watson had 18 for the Huskers, who shot 36.2 percent from the field.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes played like a desperate team, bringing the game to the Huskers to end their longest losing streak since 1997-98. Muhammad played his best all-around game with six rebounds, two assists and three steals to go with his 24 points.
Nebraska: The Huskers are nothing like the team that won 11 of its first 14 and cracked the top 10 in the NET rankings. They put a lot of emotion into their home game against Michigan State last week, and that 70-64 loss seems to have resulted in a long hangover. A road loss to Rutgers on Monday and Saturday's loss to the Buckeyes made for a horrible week for coach Tim Miles.
Ohio State visits No. 5 Michigan on Tuesday.
Nebraska hosts Wisconsin on Tuesday.
*-Glynn Watson Jr. went over 1,300 points today and passed Tom Baack (1,299) and Carl McPipe (1,300) for 13th place on Nebraska’s career scoring list. Watson finished with 18 points.
*-Thomas Allen had three steals today, the fourth time he has had at least three steals in a game this season.
*-Tanner Borchardt’s eight rebounds was his second-highest total of the season (9 vs. Southwest Minnesota State) and third most of his career.
*-James Palmer Jr. made three of his six three-point attempts today, marking the eighth time this season he’s hit at least three 3-pointers in a game this season.
*-Nebraska hit 37.9% of its shots today, which was the third time this season the team has hit less than 40% of its field goals. NU is 0-3 when hitting under 40% from the field in 2018-19.
*-Nebraska held Ohio State to 41.4% shooting, the 19th time in 20 games the Huskers have held an opponent to under 50 percent.