STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jordan Hooper scored 31 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and Nebraska (No. 23 AP) won its Big Ten debut with a 71-63 victory over Penn State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) on Friday night.
Hooper also had 12 rebounds and Lindsey Moore added 16 points for the Cornhuskers (12-1, 1-0), who trailed by nine points in the second half but rallied by holding the Nittany Lions to just one field goal over a 8:18 span. Nebraska used a 13-2 run to take a 60-58 lead with 4:39 left.The game was tied twice more in the late stages and Penn State still trailed by just one point after a made foul shot by Alex Bentley with 1:58 left. The Cornhuskers sealed the victory by scoring the final seven points of the game.Bentley led the Nittany Lions (10-3, 0-1) with 22 points and eight steals. Maggie Lucas added 18 points and Nikki Greene had 15 rebounds.