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Spartans end 4-game losing streak by beating Nebraska

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING — Joshua Langford had a season-high 18 points and Aaron Henry scored 16 points to help Michigan State beat Nebraska 66-56 Saturday night.

The Spartans (9-7, 3-7 Big Ten) ended a four-game losing streak, their longest since 2017. The skid led to the program’s worst nine-game conference record since the 1969-70 season.

“We got a win so we can take a deep breath,” Langford said.

The Cornhuskers (4-9, 0-6) played for the first time in nearly a month, returning to competition after a COVID-19 outbreak. Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg, who had a severe case, was one of the many people in the program who tested positive for the coronavirus.

“There’s some positives from the competitive standpoint,” Hoiberg said. “I had no idea what to expect.”

The Cornhuskers were competitive early in the game and led 15-14 midway through the first half.

Michigan State took control for good and led 34-22 at halftime. The Spartans were ahead by as much as 16 early in the second half, overcoming 22 turnovers and Joey Hauser fouling out without a point.

“He’s in foul trouble all the time and some of that is his fault,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Nebraska’s Trey McGowens had 13 points and Lat Mayen scored 10 points. Teddy Allen was held to three points and made 1 of 10 shots. The West Virginia transfer entering the game averaging 18-plus points.