Nebraska 80, Illinois 57

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


Joining Spencer in double figures were Caleb Walker with 13

points and Brandon Richardson with 12.

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.