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.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.