Richardson shoots Illinois past Nebraska

D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Illinois (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) held Nebraska without a field goal for the last 8:51 of the first half and led 35-23 at the break. The Huskers got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

Dylan Talley had 16 points and Brandon Ubel added 10 for the Cornhuskers (10-10, 1-6).

John Groce, in his first year at Illinois, recorded his 100th win in five seasons as a head coach.

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Andre Almeida dribble, drive, dunk:

Brandon Ubel hammers home highlight-reel dunk:

Sam McLaurin gets early dunk:

FINAL: D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed four rebounds to lift Illinois to a 71-51 win over Nebraska on Tuesday at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. A 15-4 run led Illinois (15-5) to an early 11-point lead. Joseph Bertrand capped the run off with a free throw to help the Fighting Illini lead 35-23 at the half. The Fighting Illini, who also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, received a double-digit contribution from Brandon Paul (14 points). Dylan Talley scored 16 points for and Brandon Ubel added 10 for Nebraska (10-10), which shot just 32 percent (14-of-44) from the field. The Fighting Illini never trailed in the game and led by as many as 22 points, which came with 1:30 remaining.

HALFTIME: Illinois owns a 35-23 halftime lead at Nebraska, thanks in large part to its domination on the boards (24-11 advantage). The Illini led from the start and led by as many as 14 points. Nebraska went into a funk with the score 26-21, going 2:44 without a point while the Fighting Illini went on a 9-0 run to open up a 14-point lead. Illinois’ D.J. Richardson scored 10 points to lead all scorers, while Joseph Bertrand and Brandon Paul each added seven. Dylan Talley leads the Huskers with nine points. Illinois made 13 of 19 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.

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Will on 1/23/2013 @ 5:17pm EDT Said:

Horrid game for the Huskers and although they have played real hard in every game this year, this game yesterday against ILL was less than stellar or acceptable. .31% shooting won’t get it done. Big men letting ILL get all those rebounds were almost comical and the refereeing was questionable on both sides. This was not something that our New Coach “Tim Miles” will be pleased with and rightfully so!

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