Nebraska beats Rutgers 90-56
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) In a collision of Big Ten losing streaks, Nebraska ended its slide thanks to another big effort by Andrew White.
As an added bonus, the Huskers got their largest road win in 95 years and gave Rutgers its worst home loss in 54 years.
White had 28 points and nine rebounds to pace the Huskers past Rutgers, 90-56, Saturday night.
The margin of victory was the highest in a road game for Nebraska since defeating Morningside, 50-13, on Feb. 25, 1920. It also snapped a three-game losing skid and 11-game conference losing streak for the Huskers (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten).
''It's kind of good to get that weight off of our shoulders, hopefully that will give us a little momentum going into the next one,'' said White, who shot 11 of 14 and 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. ''We executed well at both ends so I think this should give everybody some confidence going forward. If we win this one and go on another losing streak it doesn't serve its purpose well.''
Glynn Watson scored 12 for the Huskers, while Shavon Shields added 11 and Ed Morrow had 10.
Rutgers (6-11, 0-4) has lost four straight and 19 straight conference games dating back to last season. The Knights suffered their largest home loss since falling to St. Joe's, 102-66, on Dec. 6, 1961.
Mike Williams scored 22 for the Knights, who were never in it. Rutgers fell behind 14-2 and 24-7 and got no closer than nine.
''Obviously this was a very tough loss,'' said coach Eddie Jordan, who's missing four frontcourt players to injury. ''There were moments in the game where I was disappointed in their effort and that hasn't happened this season. When you're fighting and you're small, there comes a time where it's hard to overcome and it screws with your psyche.''
Nebraska made its first six shots and 7 of its first 8 en route to a 21-7 edge, and remained in control throughout. Leading 31-22, Nebraska went on a 15-4 run over the final 5:57 to open a 46-26 lead at the break. The Huskers largest advantage was 83-47.
White, who red-shirted last year after two seasons at Kansas, had 19 points at halftime to spark the blowout.
''I'd say this is his best game of the season,'' coach Tim Miles said. ''He's had other very strong nights, but when you get nine rebounds and 28 points ... and every time we needed a lift, he provided it.''
In shooting 57 percent (37 of 65), Nebraska hit its highest point total since joining the Big Ten, and its highest total in any conference game since 2006.
Nebraska: The Huskers last Big Ten win was Feb. 3, 2015 against Northwestern. Nebraska hit at least 70 points for the 10th time this season, one better than all of last year. The Huskers lead the series 3-2.
Rutgers: The Knights have not won a Big Ten game since beating No. 4 Wisconsin on Jan. 11, 2015. This equaled Rutgers worst loss of the season as it fell by 34 to George Washington. The Knights, Minnesota and Illinois are the lone teams without a Big Ten win.
Honoring the past: Prior to the game, Rutgers held a moment of silence for former coach Bill Foster, who died Thursday at 86 following a lengthy illness. Foster guided Rutgers to the 1967 NIT semifinals, the Knights first post-season appearance. At halftime, Rutgers celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its 1975-76 Final Four team, with head coach Tom Young and every player, manager and assistant coach from that team in attendance.
Nebraska hosts Minnesota Tuesday.
Rutgers is at Ohio State Wednesday.