Courtesy: AP/UNL Media Relations

Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 22 points and made a couple big defensive plays late, and Nebraska beat Penn State 70-64 on Thursday night for its school-record 20th straight home win.     

The Cornhuskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) bounced back from two straight road losses that knocked them out of the Top 25. The Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5) lost their third straight.     

Nebraska's home win streak is the longest among power-five conference teams and fourth-longest overall. The Huskers broke the school record set by the 1965-66 and 1966-67 teams.     

Roby scored six of Nebraska's eight points after Penn State tied it 48-all. He drove to the basket to give the Huskers the lead, then he ran through a wide-open lane, caught a pass in stride from Isaac Copeland and put down a big dunk. He put back Glynn Watson Jr.'s missed 3-pointer to make it 56-51.     

Roby was 8 for 9 from the field, made two 3-pointers, and was 4 for 5 on free throws to go with 11 rebounds in his best overall game of the season.     

On the defensive end, he made a steal and had one of his season-high four blocked shots in the last minute to help hold off Penn State, which missed 9 of its final 11 shots.     

Josh Reaves hit a 3-pointer to pull the Nittany Lions to 62-61, Watson made a huge 3. Watson saved the ball from going out of bounds, gathered himself and shot a 3-pointer that bounced three times off the rim to make it a four-point game with 2:15 left.     

Watson had 19 points and three of the Huskers' nine 3-pointers.     

Reaves finished a season-high 20 points, Mike Watson had 14 rebounds and the Lions held a 46-32 rebounding advantage, including 21-6 on the offensive end.     Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was back on the bench. He was suspended for Sunday's game against Wisconsin after shoving one of his players during a timeout in a loss at Michigan last week.     


Penn State: Chambers says the Lions are improving even though the results aren't showing it right now.     

Nebraska: The Huskers are a totally different team at home. They need to carry over their mojo to the road.     

UP NEXT     

Penn State hosts No. 6 Michigan State on Sunday.     

Nebraska visits No. 22 Indiana on Monday.     


*- The victory matches a school record, as the Huskers have now won 20 straight at home. The win matches a 20-game home win streak set between 1965 and 1967.

*- Tonight was the 18th meeting between Nebraska and Penn State and the series is now tied at 9-9. The home team has won the last nine contests in the series. Nebraska improves to 8-1 against PSU in Lincoln.

*- Isaiah Roby finished with a career-high 22 points and set or tied season highs in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (four). He topped his previous best of 20 against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 22. Roby also collected his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career.

*With four blocked shots tonight, Roby moved from 10th to eighth on NU’s career blocked shot list with 113. He is tied with Wes Wilkinson for eighth place.
*- Glynn Watson Jr. scored 19 points – one off his season high - and is now tied for 16th on NU's career scoring list with 1,255 points. He is tied with Chuck Jura on the list.
*- James Palmer Jr. scored 11 points and was in double figures for the 12th consecutive game this season. He has scored 10+ points in 15 of Nebraska's 16 seasons this year and 46 of 49 games at Nebraska.
*- Nebraska's defense held Penn State to 36.2 percent from the floor. The Huskers have held 15 of their 16 opponents under 50 percent shooting this season. 
*- The Huskers had only eight turnovers and has now committed 10 or fewer turnovers in nine of the last 11 contests dating back to Nov. 24.
*-Amir Harris made his first appearance since Dec. 5, as he has missed NU’s last six games with mono
*- Josh Reaves (PSU) scored 20 points, a new season high. He also made four triples, tying his career-high from beyond the arc.