After not winning a road game last in the Big Ten, Nebraska is now 3-3 in conference with two road wins, after a 78-67 win over Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
Four Nebraska (11-8, 3-3) players scored in double figures, led by junior wing Andrew White, who scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. His tip shot with under a second left to play in the first half gave Nebraska a 39-30 lead at the break.
Freshman point guard Glynn Watson, playing his first game in his home state, scored 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting. Watson, a former Scout.com Top 100 recruit, was never offered by Illinois.
Fellow Nebraska guard Tai Webster, who had a strong performance off the bench, chipped in 16 points and six rebounds. Senior captain Shavon Shields had 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the win.
For the third straight game, Nebraska did well scoring in the paint, outscoring Illinois 34-20 inside. Freshman forward Ed Morrow, who played big minutes in the first half off the bench, scored six points and recorded six boards. Like Watson, Morrow played his high school basketball in the Illini state.
After beating ranked Purdue earlier in the week, a crowd of 12,510 fans saw Illinois (9-9, 1-4) attempt 37 three-pointers in the State Farm Center. The Illini were only able to knock down 11 from deep.
* -Nebraska’s win was the program’s first in Champaign since 1921, snapping a nine-game losing streak to Illinois in Champaign.?
*-Nebraska shot 50 or better in both halves, and has shot 50 percent or better in each of the last seven halves dating back to the Iowa game?
*-Andrew White III finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and first in Big Ten play. White now has six games of at least 20 points.?
*-White’s 13 rebounds is a career high (11 vs. Samford on Dec. 20)?
*-Glynn Watson matched his career high with 17 points (also vs. Rhode Island)?
*-Nebraska’s last consecutive road wins came in 2014 (at Northwestern; at Michigan State)?*-Illinois 37 3-pointers matched a school record by a Husker opponent (Baylor Feb. 14, 1998)?