Recap: Nebraska vs. Illinois
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Shavon Shields pumped in 33 points to lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 67-58 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Terran Petteway added 16 points for the Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten) while David Rivers pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The win was the second in a row for Nebraska.
Rayvonte Rice paced Illinois (14-11, 3-9) with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor. Nnanna Egwu grabbed five of his game-high 12 boards on the offensive end.
After falling behind by eight points just over three minutes after the opening tap, the Cornhuskers battled back to take a narrow, 31-30, lead into the intermission. Nebraska shot just 42.8 percent from the floor, but converted all 10 of its free-throw attempts before the break. Illinois was limited to 40 percent efficiency from the field in the first half.
The Fighting Illini managed to sink only 33.3 percent of their field goal tries including just 1-of-7 from 3-point range in the second half. Nebraska extended its lead to as many as 13 despite being outrebounded, 21-13, over the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Despite the loss, Illinois still owns a 10-4 all-time series lead versus Nebraska. The Cornhuskers converted the Fighting Illini's 14 turnovers into 19 points.Game Notes