LINCOLN, Neb. -- Terran Petteway scored 26 points to lead five Nebraska players in double figures, and the upstart Cornhuskers defeated Penn State 80-67 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win and seventh in nine games.
Nebraska (15-10, 7-6 Big Ten) has won four straight conference games for the first time since 1998-99 and has matched its victory total of last season. The Huskers are over .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since joining the league in 2011.
For the Huskers, the question Thursday was how they would respond to their nine-point win at then-No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday. That victory was Nebraska's first on the road against a ranked opponent since 2008, and it sparked talk about the Huskers perhaps making a run at their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998.
The Huskers led from start to finish against a Penn State team that had beaten them 58-54 in State College, Pa., on Jan. 23.
About the only negative to come out of the game for Nebraska was an injury to Pitchford. The 6-foot-10 forward, who averages nine points and is the team's top 3-point shooter, went out with 8:02 to play after Penn State's Donovon Jack crashed into his left leg.
The game had little flow and devolved into a free-throw shooting contest. In the middle of the second half, after yet another stoppage, a voice in the sellout crowd of 15,797 cried out "No more fouls!"
The teams combined for 51 fouls. Five technical fouls were called, four on Penn State. Nebraska made 37 of 48 free throws and the Nittany Lions hit 17 of 23.
A couple minutes earlier, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers received a technical for arguing.
The Huskers used runs of 12-4 and 9-0 to build a double-digit lead in the middle of the first half, and they led 39-27 at the break despite making only one field goal the last 8:35. Penn State shot 25.8 percent the first 20 minutes and 34.9 percent for the game. The Nittany Lions' only worse first-half effort was 24.1 percent the first time the teams met.
Nebraska has held its last four opponents to 35.6-percent shooting and an average of 56.3 points.
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.