Lincoln, Neb. • Keith Appling scored 16 points to top 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds in eighth-ranked Michigan State's 73-64 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night.
The win allowed Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
The Cornhuskers (12-14, 3-10), who have lost seven straight against opponents ranked in the top 10, never led but were within a point with 14 minutes left. The Spartans put away their fifth straight win with a 20-6 run.