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Men's basketball: Roby's huge night leads Huskers past Gophers

Hawkeyes throw scare into Spartans; Wildcats knock off Wolverines

Sophomore Isaiah Roby led a balanced attack with a career-high 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocks as Nebraska defeated Minnesota 91-85 on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Roby added two assists as all five starters scored in double figures for the Huskers (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten), who won for the sixth time in seven games. James Palmer Jr. had 19 points and nine assists, Anton Gill scored 12 points, and Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland each scored 10 for Nebraska.

Nate Mason poured in a career-high 34 points and added six assists for the Golden Gophers (14-12, 3-10), who have lost six in a row. Jordan Murphy scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while freshman Isaiah Washington scored 10 points and dished out eight assists.

The Huskers came out firing, as they hit nine of their first 15 shots from the floor, including 5 of their 7 3-pointers, and pulled out to a 23-18 lead. Palmer then ran off seven straight points before Gill hit a transition layup and a 3 to push Nebraska's lead to 37-22.

Washington hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut Nebraska's halftime lead to 44-37. The Huskers shot 59 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half.

Minnesota later tied the game 62-all on a three-point play by Michael Hurt, but Nebraska immediately answered with an 8-0 run to restore its cushion. Gill hit a pair of free throws during that run after Gophers coach Richard Pitino was assessed a technical foul for arguing with the officials.

Mason hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to pull Minnesota to within four, and after a steal, Washington had a chance to cut the deficit to one point, but his 3-pointer was long. Palmer then hit four straight free throws to close it out.

No. 4 Michigan St. 96, Iowa 93: Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with 5 seconds left as fourth-ranked Michigan State rallied past lowly Iowa 96-93 in Iowa City for its seventh straight win.

Nick Ward added 17 points and Joshua Langford had 15 for the Spartans (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten). But they got a serious scare from the Hawkeyes in what was supposed to be a tune-up for Saturday's huge home game against No. 3 Purdue.

After trailing by as many as eight, Bridges hit a pair of free throws to give Michigan State a 92-91 lead with 1:02 left. He hit two more from the line to make it a three-point game.

But Tyler Cook pulled Iowa within 94-93, and Bridges missed both of his free throws after his big steal with his team ahead by 3. But Nicholas Baer could only muster up a half-court shot for the Hawkeyes, and it bounced harmlessly off the rim.

Cook scored 26 points for Iowa (12-14, 3-10), which was coming off a 24-point loss at Penn State. Jordan Bohannon had 17 on five 3s for Iowa, which clinched its first losing season in the Big Ten since 2011-12.

Northwestern 61, Michigan 52: Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, leading the Wildcats to an upset of the 20th-ranked Wolverines in Rosemont.

McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats win for the fourth time in five games. Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week.

Moe Wagner led the Wolverines (19-7, 8-5) with 20 points and nine rebounds. But Michigan hit just 5 of 20 shots in the second half, while missing 9 of 10 3-pointers.

Toledo 82, N. Illinois 77: Marreon Jackson came up big down the stretch to help the Rockets hold off the upset-minded Huskies in Toldedo.

Jackson buried a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining to give the Rockets a 78-75 lead, and he added two free throws with 28 seconds left to push the lead to five.

Eugene German’s layup pulled the Huskies within 80-77, and they had a shot to tie after Jaelan Sanford missed a pair of foul shots. But German missed from distance, and Jackson, who scored 13, added two free throws to seal it.

Noah McCarty had seven points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes for the Huskies.

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