LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bo Spencer scored 27 points and Nebraska used a 36-4 run to roll over Illinois 80-57 Saturday.
The Cornhuskers (12-13, 4-10 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak and sent the Illini (16-11, 5-9) to their fifth consecutive loss.
D.J. Richardson led Illinois with 15 points.
Nebraska jumped in front with a 17-2 run to close the first half. The Huskers held the Illini without a basket for more than 7 minutes and forced six turnovers.
The Nebraska spurt continued after intermission. The Huskers outscored Illinois 19-2 to open the second half, going up 52-28 on Mike Fox's 3-pointer with 14:33 remaining. Nebraska's biggest lead was 32 on Spencer's layup, which made the score 68-36 with 7 minutes left.
Nebraska made 56 percent (30 of 54) and outscored Illinois by 10 in the paint.