Jan. 13, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) has ball stripped away by Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Ray Gallegos (15) during 1st half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Basketball Beat Nebraska At The Breslin Center

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Michigan State basketball was able to beat Nebraska, 66 to 56, this Sunday evening. It was a hard fought game on both ends of the floor. It was a tight contest throughout and the Cornhuskers did everything they could to upset the Spartans on their home court.

The first half was extremely competitive as Nebraska came to play. Both Keith Appling and Gary Harris were each held to 2 points apiece. Brendan Dawson was a bright spot as he had 10 points.  Even after with the Spartans hitting 54.2 percent and only having 5 turnovers, Nebraska went into halftime leading 29-28.

The second half was more of the same. Adreian Payne got the Spartans going with high energy and some impressive plays. He even managed to make a three pointer. A strange incident occurred when Dawson was on a fast break and his left knee looked

Jan. 13, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard/forward Shavon Shields (31) is fouled by Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14) during 1st half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

to buckle. The same knee that he tore his ACL in. In a bizarre scene, Dawson emerged from the tunnel to a standing ovation and Spartan fans everywhere took a deep breath. He then checked back in. At the same time David Rivers and Dylan Talley were playing well offensively and keeping the Cornhuskers in the game. Rivers would end up with 18 points well going 100 percent from the field. Derrick Nix took advantage of the smaller Rivers as he got a couple of big baskets. The Spartan pulled away with a minute left as Nix made a pair of free throws. And the big man finished with 17 points.

The Spartans continue to play to their competition.  Though they ended up winning, the Spartans need to play better. The offensive is at times stagnant. And letting up baskets will be costly when playing the elite teams in the Big Ten. Still a win is a win and the Spartans are now 3 and 1 in the Big Ten.

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