Spartans fall at home to Nebraska, drop third straight

Michigan State was back at home in the midst of a two-game losing skid, welcoming in a Nebraska Cornhuskers team that had won three straight, albeit against the three lowest-ranked teams in the Big Ten.

Each of those trends would continue on Wednesday night, as Michigan State would drop their third game in a row, 72-71.

Izzo inserted freshman forward Deyonta Davis into the starting lineup for a second straight game and had senior guard Denzel Valentine assume the role of point guard. Both moves seemed to pay off for the Spartans (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten) as Valentine had a team-high 24 points. Davis, meanwhile, had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Junior transfer Eron Harris was the only other MSU player in double-figures, scoring 14 points, including a perfect 4-4 from behind the 3-point line.

The Spartans had no answer for Nebraska senior Shavon Shields, who had a game-high 28 points and shot 60 percent from the field. The Cornhuskers (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten) shot just 28.6 percent from downtown, but shot 50 percent from the entire field and converted on 10 of their 14 free throw attempts.

The big difference in this game? Freebies. Michigan State was a dreadful 12-21 from the charity stripe in the contest tonight. If it weren’t for 61.1 percent (11-18) from behind the arc, the margin could have been worse.

Next up for the Spartans will be a Saturday night clash with No. 7 Maryland as ESPN College Gameday will be coming to East Lansing for the game. The game will be aired on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

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