Behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from senior Shavon Shields and another 18 points from junior guard Tai Webster, Nebraska blew out Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday, 89-72. The Huskers will play Wisconsin on Thursday.
Nebraska (15-17) snapped a three-game losing streak in the Big Ten tournament with the win and improved to 3-0 against Rutgers this season.
Up on 37-33 at halftime, Nebraska used a 17-2 run in the second half to open the game up.
"Getting stops was important," Shields said. "When they only scored two points on a run like that you're getting stops. I think we ran well in transition. Tai (Webster) kicked it out to me twice for easy scores...just running in transition really sparked us on offense."
Webster also added five rebounds and four assists during the contest.
"Tai was really strong in the first half and we did need it because we were awful at the rim," said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. "They didn't give us anything clean at the rim and that's the way it should have been if you want to advance."
Nebraska fell 72-61 in their only meeting against the Badgers this season.
NEBRASKA MEDIA RELATION GAME NOTES:
*-Nebraska’s 89 points was its highest total since scoring 90 in the first meeting at Rutgers on Jan. 9.
*-Shavon Shields posted the first double-double of the season and sixth of his career with 20 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It marked Shields’ first double-double since last year’s Big Ten Tournament opener against Penn State.
*-With 20 points, Shields moved into seventh place on NU’s career scoring chart, passing Tyronn Lue (1,577) and Erick Strickland (1,586). Shields now has 1,591 career points.
*-Shavon Shields has reached double figures in his last 14 games, the longest stretch of his career.
*-Michael Jacobson had a career-high 14 points tonight. His previous high was 13 points also against Rutgers on Feb. 6. He also added six rebounds and two blocked shots.
*-Tai Webster reached double figures for the 16th time this season with 18 points.
*-With two steals, Benny Parker moved into 10th place on NU’s career steals list with 131.
*-NU’s 11 steals was the team’s second-highest total of the season.
*-NU put five players in double figures for the first time since Nov. 28 (vs. Tennessee) and the third time this season.
*-With three 3-pointers, Andrew White III became the sixth Husker to have 80 or more 3-pointers in a season.