Three-Point Barrage Keys Illinois’ 73-57 Victory Over Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half in a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.
Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Maverick Morgan had 12 for the Illini (17-12, 7-9), who won their third straight road game and for the fourth time in five games overall.
Tai Webster had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Cornhuskers (12-16, 6-10).
The Illini, who came into the game 12th in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting in conference games (32.9 percent) made seven of their first eight 3s of the second half to go up 61-44 with 9:15 to play. They finished 13 of 26 from beyond the arc.
The Huskers are last in the Big Ten in 3-point defense in conference games (41.3 percent).
Hill scored 14 of his 19 points after half. He and Abrams each made four 3-pointers.
Illinois led 30-28 at half, and Abrams and Hill hit a couple 3s during a 10-3 spurt that gave the Illini a seven-point lead. Jalen Coleman-Lands' 3 pushed the lead to 47-37 with 13:41 to play, and the Huskers never got closer.
The Illini continued to play strong defense, holding the Huskers to 37.5-percent shooting from the field, 26.7 percent on 3s and their second-lowest point total. In the previous six games, Illinois opponents were shooting 39.7 percent overall, 32.5 percent on 3s and averaging 64.2 points.
Illinois: The Illini won a third straight Big Ten game for the first time since the 2014-15 season and are now in sole possession of ninth place. The Illini need to finish 10th or higher to avoid a play-in game in the conference tournament.
Nebraska: The Huskers suffered their most lopsided home loss of the season and probably need to win at least one of their last two regular-season games to avoid a play-in game.
Illinois hosts Michigan State on Wednesday.
Nebraska visits Minnesota on Thursday.