LINCOLN, Neb. -- 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.The Illini shot 45 percent and committed 14 turnovers, but they had more offensive rebounds (12) than Nebraska had total rebounds (10) in the first half and finished with a 40-28 advantage on the boards.Nebraska was 2 of 14 on 3s and shot 32 percent for the game.