Michigan State Spartans basketball team adds Nebraska to list of recent routs, 86-57

Michigan State’s Nick Ward, right, shoots against Nebraska’s Tanner Borchardt in the second half Sunday in East Lansing. (AP photo)

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Jaren Jackson gave himself a chance to show some of his potential because he figured out how to stay out of foul trouble.
The freshman had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 3 Michigan State beat Nebraska 86-57 on Sunday.
Jackson was limited to a total of eight points and eight rebounds in the two previous games, wins over No. 5 Notre Dame and then-No. 9 North Carolina, because he had four fouls against the Fighting Irish and three against the Tar Heels.  He had four fouls in each of his first two games, overcoming that well enough against top-ranked Duke to score 19 points, and he fouled out in a scoreless game against Stony Brook in his third game.
“Usually, I get four or five of them,” Jackson acknowledged. “I just didn’t want to pick up anything crazy.”
The 6-foot-11 forward is regarded as one of the top prospects for the 2018 NBA draft if he leaves school.
Michigan State’s Nick Ward, meanwhile, matched his season high with 22 points despite being limited to just 16 minutes because he had a season-high four fouls. Cassius Winston scored 16 points and had seven assists and Miles Bridges had 12 points for the Spartans.
Michigan State (7-1) has won six straight since losing to top-ranked Duke, beating each team by at least 18 points.