Illinois used double-figure scoring from five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska Saturday, 72-65. The Huskers led 57-55 with just over 6 minutes to play. But the Illini (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten) went on a 7-0 run started by a 3-pointer from D.J. Richardson to go up 62-57. They never trailed again.
Four days after showing the basketball world how high he can get up, Rodney Williams decided to show everyone how long he can hang in the air. Spoiler alert: It’s a LONG time. At the end of the first half of the Penn State-Minnesota game on Saturday, Williams defied gravity, once again, with his latest highlight-reel alley-oop. Watch the dunk here.
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While the score didn’t allow John Groce to give Illinois’ seniors the appropriate curtain call Saturday, the Illini faithful was able to give its favorite seniors a standing ovation during the pregame Senior Day festivities. Watch Illinois honor Tyler Griffey, Sam McLaurin, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson now.
Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Minnesota held Penn State scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game to cruise to a 73-44 victory on Saturday. Julian Welch had 10 points and seven assists and Rodney Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Gophers (20-9, 8-8 Big Ten), who didn’t let the Nittany Lions spoil their Senior Day.
Prior to Saturday’s game vs. Penn State, Minnesota honored its four seniors: Andre Ingram, Trevor Mbakwe, Julian Welch and Rodney Williams. Fittingly, it was the seniors who led the Gophers to the easy 73-44 victory over the Nittany Lions. The seniors combined to score 37 points and grab 25 rebounds, led by Mbakwe’s 13 point, 13-rebound double-double. Watch the ceremony now.
No. 10 Denver scored a 2-0 win on Friday to upset the second-ranked Minnesota Gophers.