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Maryland's Melo Trimble (2) shoots between Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (22) and Zak Showalter, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Stone, Trimble lift No. 4 Maryland to 70-65 win over Huskers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Freshman Diamond Stone had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks, and No. 4 Maryland held off Nebraska 70-65 on Wednesday night.

Melo Trimble had 14 of his 20 points in the second half as the Terrapins overcame a slew of turnovers to remain a half-game behind conference co-leaders Indiana and Iowa.

Stone dunked off an assist from Trimble to give the Terps (20-3, 9-2 Big Ten) the lead for good, 60-58, and he dunked again after rebounding Jake Layman’s missed free throw to make it 66-61 with 2 minutes to play.

The Huskers were within three points when Trimble put the game away with two free throws with 8.2 seconds left.

Andrew White III had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Nebraska (12-11, 4-6). Shavon Shields was just 4 of 17 from the field and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Maryland committed 18 turnovers, its most in a conference game this season, but the Huskers converted them into only nine points. Nebraska was unable to overcome its season-worst 31.8-percent shooting.

The Terps blocked a season-high 13 shots.

Nebraska was within 68-65 with 35 seconds left when Shields fouled Stone, an 81 percent free-throw shooter. Stone missed his third straight free throw of the game, though, but he was able to block Shields’ layup try at the other end.

After White missed what would have been a tying 3-point attempt, Layman came up with the rebound. Trimble was fouled and shot the clinching free throws.

The Terps had lots of chances to put away the game but couldn’t against a Nebraska team that has dropped four of five Big Ten home games.

Maryland turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and mostly got away with it because of Nebraska’s poor shooting. The Huskers brought the crowd to their feet when White dunked a lob from Benny Parker to tie it 27-27. After Layman’s hook-shot air ball, Jake Hammond made a free throw to put Nebraska in front by a point, but Stone’s jumper from the free throw line gave the Terrapins a 29-28 halftime lead.

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Maryland: Stone has scored in double figures in 16 of the past 19 games. … The Terps lead the nation in wins (19-2) in games decided by six points or less the past two seasons. … They entered the game as the only team in Big Ten to have five players averaging 10 or more points.

Nebraska: The Huskers were assessed a bench technical early in second half after Trimble stripped the ball from Shields right in front of coach Tim Miles. … They matched their season low with six turnovers and have had 10 or fewer in five straight games. … Glynn Watson Jr. has scored 10 or more points in seven straight games.

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Maryland hosts No. 18 Purdue on Saturday.

Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

No. 21 Purdue beats Nebraska 89-74 behind Hammons’ 32

Purdue's A.J. Hammons (20) fouls Nebraska's Tai Webster (0) as Webster goes up for a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 89-74. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) A.J. Hammons scored a career-best 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading No. 21 Purdue to an 89-74 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

Rapheal Davis had 17 points and six rebounds, and Isaac Haas scored 13 points for Purdue (19-4, 7-3 Big Ten). Caleb Swanigan contributed six points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers, who improved to 5-0 against Nebraska (12-10, 4-5) in Mackey Arena.

Shavon Shields and Andrew White III each scored 16 to lead the Cornhuskers, who had no answer for 7-footers Hammons and Haas.

Hammons, who had 16 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday’s win at Minnesota, surpassed his previous best of 30, notched in a loss to Indiana on Jan. 30, 2013. He scored the Boilermakers’ first eight points in the second half.

Purdue got a 3-pointer from Davis and a baseline jumper from Swanigan to increase its lead to 76-65 with 6:16 to play. Hammons broke his career high with a dunk with 4:28 remaining for a 78-65 advantage.

Davis’ 3-pointer gave Purdue a 61-51 lead with 12:34 remaining, but back-to-back baskets from Shields and Glynn Watson Jr. trimmed Nebraska’s deficit to 61-55 with 11:49 to play.

A 3-pointed by Watson with 12:52 to go capped an 8-0 Nebraska run and sliced Purdue’s lead to 58-51, prompting a Boilermaker timeout.

Purdue scored the final five points in the first half – a Ryan Cline 3-pointer and a dunk at the buzzer by Hammons following an offensive rebound – for a 44-35 lead.

The Boilermakers shot 51.7 percent (15 of 29) during the first half. Nebraska shot 43.3 percent (13 of 30).

TIP-INS

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers entered Saturday’s game having won three consecutive Big Ten road games. A Nebraska basketball team has not won four consecutive league road games since the 1975-76 season. … The Cornhuskers were playing their first game since an 81-68 loss to Michigan on Jan. 23 in Lincoln, Nebraska. … Nebraska ranks second in the Big Ten in steals, averaging 7.2 per game. … The Cornhuskers have two of the Big Ten’s top eight scorers in No. 6 Andrew White II (16.9) and No. 8 Shavon Shields (15.8).

Purdue: The Boilermakers honored their “Three-Peat” Big Ten championship teams from 1994, `95 and `96, all coached by Gene Keady. … Before playing Nebraska, Purdue had won 19 of 20 home games, losing only to No. 3 Iowa on Jan. 2. … The Boilermakers lead the country in rebounding margin at plus-12.1 and outrebounded each of their first 22 opponents. … Purdue’s non-starters outscored the opposing team’s bench in 21 of the first 22 games.

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts No. 7 Maryland on Wednesday night.

Purdue: Plays at No. 7 Maryland on Saturday.

No. 11 Michigan State suffers third straight defeat

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine drives against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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Earlier this week Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo took responsibility for his team’s issues on the defensive end, as the Spartans’ adjustment to the points of emphasis announced before the season began hasn’t come as quickly as many expected. Wednesday night the struggles continued, as Michigan State couldn’t find an answer to the riddle that was Nebraska senior wing Shavon Shields.

Shields was outstanding, leading all scorers with 28 points, shooting 12-for-20 from the field, to lead the Huskers to a 72-71 win in East Lansing. Michigan State, which had a final shot at the win but Denzel Valentine’s jumper as time expired missed the mark, has now lost its last three conference games and has a 3-4 record in conference play.

With Iowa, which has already swept the season series, and Indiana both without a conference loss the Spartans’ chances of hoisting the Big Ten regular season title may have fallen by the wayside with this defeat.

Defense was once again the culprit, as Nebraska shot 50 percent from the field on the night. Tim Miles’ team isn’t going to rack up the assists, as they entered Wednesday’s with just over 48 percent of their made baskets being of the assisted variety. Instead, they use the likes of Shields, Tai Webster and Glynn Watson to break down opposing defenses, with mixed results to this point in the season.

That wasn’t the case against Michigan State, with the Spartans playing without their best perimeter defender in Tum Tum Nairn for the second consecutive game and at times seemingly afraid to make any kind of contact. Outside of Eron Harris the Spartans didn’t have the early foul trouble they’ve endured in recent games, but they still had issues slowing down Shields and his teammates throughout Wednesday’s game.

Also of note was the off night experienced by Bryn Forbes, who scored three points on 1-for-8 shooting. The senior’s struggled in two of Michigan State’s last three games, as Anthony Clemmons held him in check in Iowa’s win in East Lansing last week, and this comes after scoring 17 points or more in three straight games. In addition to needing to do a better job of adjusting defensively, the Spartans need to get to the point where both Forbes and Eron Harris are clicking on the wings at the same time.

That should come in time, but the bigger concern in the defense. Once again Michigan State struggled on that end of the floor, and while they did have a final chance to grab the win it proved to be too much to overcome.

PHOTO: Nebraska’s Tim Miles shows off custom sneakers

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Last July Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was able to make a fashion statement of sorts thanks to adidas, which supplied him with his own pair of Stan Smith sneakers with his face on the tongue. Saturday the head coach showed off another custom pair of sneakers, with these being the adidas Superstar in Nebraska colors with some other images that let everyone know who the shoes are for.

While the outside of the left heel simply has a “Coach Miles” graphic, the outside of the right heel has the Nebraska “N” logo and a silhouette of Miles. While some head coaches whose programs are sponsored by adidas received Yeezys during the summer, what Miles has is a true limited edition sneaker.

Three-star forward commits to Nebraska

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Nebraska landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Thursday afternoon, as three-star forward Jeriah Horne announced that he will play his college basketball for Tim Miles. Horne was also considering DePaul, Pepperdine and Wichita State, and he joins fellow forward Isaiah Roby in Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting haul to date.

The 6-foot-7 Horne attends The Barstow School in Kansas City, and he played for the KC Run GMC grassroots program on the Under Armour Gauntlet circuit this summer. As a junior Horne helped lead The Barstown School to a Missouri Class 3 state title, averaging 18.9 points per game.

While Horne has been labeled as a power forward, he also has the ability to step out on the perimeter and make plays. He and Roby can combine to help the Huskers account for the eventual loss of current senior Shavon Shields at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Among the forwards on the current Nebraska roster who will be on campus when Horne and Roby arrive next year are freshmen Jack McVeigh, Ed Morrow and Michael Jacobson.

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Freshman guard making positive early impression at Nebraska

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One of the issues for Nebraska last season as they didn’t reach the preseason expectations of a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth was their point guard play. Tim Miles’ team struggled to find quality shots on a consistent basis, especially in Big Ten play, and that issue factored into them ranking 13th in the conference in offensive efficiency both overall and in conference games.

With the team headed to Spain to take in the sights and play a few exhibition games, solving that issue is one of the main goals for a team also looking for improved team chemistry. And one of the possible answers at the point, freshman Glynn Watson, is off to a good start in the Huskers’ practices leading up to their trip to Spain (they depart today) according to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal-Star.

“I have no doubt there’s something special inside of that kid,” Miles said. “He’s got a lot going for him, and I’m glad we have him.”

Watson impressed in one of this week’s practices as Nebraska prepares for its upcoming exhibition tour of Spain. He displayed excellent court vision, strong passing, playmaking ability and yes, even jump shooting.

“He’s definitely that playmaking guard, that shot-clock guard you wish you had,” Miles said. “He can get separation, he can find guys. Right now, he’s just a little slender on the defensive end, got to get over ball screens quicker and harder. Part of that is that mental toughness you need to bring every day.”

Nebraska wasn’t all that efficient offensively last season, ranking 285th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy’s numbers and 288th in assist percentage (47.6 percent). While Nebraska has some experience on the perimeter, most notably seniors Shavon Shields and Benny Parker, Watson could turn out to be just what they need when it comes to a playmaker.

The games in Spain will help Miles and his staff as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.