staff, March 2, 2013

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.

Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 16 points. Brandon Paul had 14 and Richardson, Myke Henry and Nnanna Egwu also scored in double figures.

Nebraska (13-16, 4-12) was led by 23 points from Ray Gallegos and 20 by Dylan Talley.


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FINAL: Tracy Abrams led five Illinois players in double digits with 16 points as Illinois (21-9) defeated Nebraska 72-65 on Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. The Fighting Illini also got double-digit contributions from Nnanna Egwu (10 points), Myke Henry (12 points), D.J. Richardson (13 points), and Brandon Paul (14 points). Henry also grabbed 10 rebounds. Illinois and Nebraska (13-16) traded leads throughout the game, as the contest featured 13 lead changes. Dylan Talley had 20 points, yanked down five rebounds, and handed out five assists for the Cornhuskers, who shot 9-of-18 from distance. Ray Gallegos scored a game-high 23 points.

HALFTIME: Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley each have a game-high 11 points, but Nebraska trails Illinois, 35-32, at halftime. Both teams took turns controlling the momentum as there were five lead changes. The Cornhuskers shot 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half (50 percent), including 3-of-6 from Gallegos. Meanwhile, Illinois hit just 4-of-14 treys (29 percent). D.J. Richardson scored eight points to pace the Illini, who committed only two turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

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