"Nick made big plays," Bridges said. "It was just him being aggressive on offense and defense."
Bridges went scoreless in the second half after making 4 of 9 shots to help the Spartans to a comfortable 38-26 halftime lead. One of them was a two-hand dunk on a baseline drive after MSU got two offensive rebounds in the same possession.
The 6-7 swingman missed the three shots he took after halftime. Bridges had six rebounds and a steal but no assists in a team-high 29 minutes.
Izzo said afterward that the Spartans wanted Bridges, who finished 1 of 4 from 3-point range, to go to the basket more instead of settling for shots outside.
MSU owned the Cornhuskers in the paint, outscoring them, 16-2, in the opening 20 minutes and getting 15 second-chance points while holding Nebraska without an offensive rebound.
For the game, the Spartans finished with a 32-8 edge in points in the paint. They also had a 48-34 rebounding advantage, with Nebraska getting all 10 of its offensive boards in the second half.
MSU also went 27 for 36 at the free-throw line, both season highs for the Spartans. The Spartans also had a season-low six turnovers.
"We didn't turn the ball over and we got to the free-throw line," Winston said. "Those are some of the things on our list that we gotta work on."
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