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Lincoln,  NE (SportsNetwork.com)  - Shavon Shields pumped in 33 points to lead 
the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 67-58 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini in a 
Big Ten Conference matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Terran Petteway added 16 points for the Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten) while 
David Rivers pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The win was the second in 
a row for Nebraska. 

Rayvonte  Rice paced  Illinois (14-11, 3-9) with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting 
from  the  floor. Nnanna Egwu  grabbed five of his  game-high 12 boards on the 
offensive end. 

After falling behind by eight points just over three minutes after the opening 
tap,  the Cornhuskers  battled back  to take  a narrow,  31-30, lead  into the 
intermission.  Nebraska  shot just 42.8  percent from the floor, but converted 
all 10 of its free-throw attempts before the break. Illinois was limited to 40 
percent efficiency from the field in the first half. 

The  Fighting Illini managed  to sink  only 33.3 percent  of their field goal 
tries  including  just 1-of-7 from 3-point  range in the second half. Nebraska 
extended its lead to as many as 13 despite being outrebounded, 21-13, over the 
final 20 minutes of the contest. 

Despite  the loss,  Illinois still  owns a  10-4 all-time  series lead  versus 
Nebraska. The Cornhuskers converted the Fighting Illini's 14 turnovers into 19 
points. 

 
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