LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Myles Dread scored 14 points, Lamar Stevens and Myreon Jones had 13 apiece, and No. 24 Penn State pulled away early in the second half on its way to a 76-64 win over struggling Nebraska on Saturday night.
Stevens became the third 2,000-point scorer in Penn State program history, and Mike Watkins had 11 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to pass John Amaechi as the Nittany Lions’ career rebounds leader in Big Ten play.
Penn State (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten) won its fourth straight and won in Lincoln for the first time since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011-12.
The Cornhuskers (7-15, 2-9) lost their seventh in a row as season scoring leader Cam Mack was held without a point for the first time this season. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 15 points, Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 12 and Dachon Burke had 11.
The Lions scored the first eight points of the second half to go up 46-33, with Watkins dunking a lob from Jones that led Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg to call a timeout.
The Huskers turned over the ball on three of their first five possessions after the half and didn’t score until Burke converted a fast break. Watkins answered with a dunk putback, and the Lions’ lead grew to 60-39 when Stevens dunked and hit a 3 to end a 22-6 run.
Stevens has 2,007 career points and ranks behind only Talor Battle (2,213 points from 2007-11) and Jesse Arnelle (2,138 from 1951-55) on the Lions’ career scoring chart.
Former walk-on Charlie Easley made his first start, taking Mack’s place in the lineup. Mack was held out the first five minutes for disciplinary reasons, picked up two quick fouls and never found any rhythm. His previous low was five points against South Florida in November.
Penn State: The Lions can check Pinnacle Bank Arena off their list of places they hadn’t won. They were 0-7 in Lincoln since the Huskers entered the Big Ten. Their previous win here was in the 1995 NIT.
Nebraska: There was no way the Huskers were going to win without Mack being a big factor. He never got going. He finished 0 for 6 in a season-low 22 minutes.
Penn State went 2-0 this week and might move up a spot if voters drop No. 20 Colorado for losing at UCLA on Thursday.
Penn State visits No. 14 Michigan State on Tuesday for the first of two meetings with the Spartans this season.
Nebraska visits Iowa on Saturday and will try for the two-game season sweep of the Hawkeyes.