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Top 25: No. 16 Michigan State 68, Nebraska 55

Published December 31, 2011 3:34 pm

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Lincoln, Neb. • Draymond Green scored 19 points and Keith Appling had eight of his 14 in the last 7 minutes to help No. 16 Michigan State hold off struggling Nebraska 68-55 on Saturday, the Spartans' 13th straight victory.

The Spartans (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) are on their longest winning streak since the 1998-99 team won 22 straight. Eleven of the 13 have been by double digits.

Michigan State finished on a 15-5 run after Nebraska (8-5, 0-2) pulled within 53-50. The Cornhuskers made just one field goal over the last 6:48.

Bo Spencer scored 15 points and Toney McCray added 14 for the Huskers, who shot 36 percent from the field and were outrebounded 38-24.

Austin Thornton's 3-pointer made it 62-55, and Huskers didn't make a field goal over the last 4:20.

Michigan State has won its first two Big Ten games for the fifth straight season.