NCAA hoops roundup: Illinois ends Nebraska's streak

NCAA hoops roundup: Illinois ends Nebraska's streak
February 26, 2014, 11:30 pm
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CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska's five-game win streak on Wednesday night, 60-49.

Nunn scored 13 on 4-of-6 shooting for the Illini (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten). He was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Hill added 10 points and five rebounds.

Nebraska (16-11, 8-7) came into the game as one of the Big Ten's hottest teams. The Cornhuskers had won seven of their last eight.

But Nebraska turned the ball over 15 times and was 0-8 from 3-point range in the first half before finishing 3-13.

Only one Cornhusker, Terran Petteway, finished in double figures. He had 13 points.

Rayvonte Rice added 10 point and nine rebounds for the Illini.

Illinois was just looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since the opening week of the conference season. The Illini opened Big Ten play 2-0 but had dropped 10 of 12 since then.

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Sherman leads Irish to win over Georgia Tech

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Garrick Sherman scored 21 points and Eric Atkins added 17, including a key 3-pointer, to lead Notre Dame to a 65-62 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech cut a nine-point Notre Dame lead to 56-55 when Kammeon Holsey scored on a rebound after the Yellow Jackets forced a shot-clock violation. But the Irish answered with a 7-1 run as Sherman and Pat Connaughton scored inside and Atkins hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-56.

Robert Carter Jr., who led Georgia Tech with 19 points, hit consecutive 3s to cut the lead to 63-62. After Connaughton hit a pair of free throws, Carter missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds as the Irish held on.

The Irish (15-14, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) averted falling below .500 for the first time this late in a season since finishing 14-16 during the 1998-99 season in John MacLeod's last year as coach. The Yellow Jackets (13-15, 4-11) lost their third straight.

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Baker leads Northern Illinois past Toledo

DEKALB -- Travon Baker scored 17 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory over Toledo Wednesday night.

Down 32-31 at the break, Aaron Armstead's four points capped a 15-5 run to open the second half and give Northern Illinois a 46-37 lead with 13:01 to play. Rian Pearson scored to pull Toledo within one, 54-53 with 6:19 remaining. The Huskies answered with an 8-3 run, then went 12 of 16 from the line to seal it.

Baker shot just 3 of 10 from the field but was 9 of 10 from the line. Threloff made 3 of 7 shots from the floor and was 7 of 8 from the line. Aksel Bolin added 11 points for Northern Illinois (13-14, 7-8 Mid-American).

Pearson scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting to led Toledo (23-5, 11-4), which falls one back of Western Michigan atop the East Division.

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Illinois St. topples Indiana State 

NORMAL -- Illinois State drained a 3-pointer just seconds into the game, connected on its first six shots and Daishon Knight scored five of his 20 points in the opening flurry that upended Indiana State 77-59 Wednesday night.

The Redbirds (16-13, 9-8 Missouri Valley Conference) are mired in a cluster of four teams fighting for third place in the MVC, but are 8-1 at home against conference foes and had no trouble upending second-place Indiana State (21-8, 12-5) with Knight's 20 and 16 points each by Reggie Lynch and Zach Lofton.

Lynch went off for a career night in points as well as rebounds (8) and blocks (5). He extended his season blocked shots to 75, a school record for a frosh by more than 20.

The Redbirds held Indiana State to just 20 field goals on 37-percent shooting and only Dawon Cummings reached double figures with 12 points.

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Northern Iowa crushes Southern Illinois 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seth Tuttle scored 19 points with seven assists and seven rebounds as Northern Iowa crushed Southern Illinois 73-54 on Wednesday night.

Matt Bohannon added 17 points for the Panthers (15-14, 9-8 Missouri Valley Conference). Jeremy Morgan scored 15 and Marvin Singleton had eight.

The Panthers hit 49 percent from the field, 78.6 percent from the line and outrebounded the Salukis 35-24.

Northern Iowa jumped to an early lead and led 32-25 at halftime. They went 14-8 to start the second half and Bohannon sank five 3-pointers in the period - including the final bucket of the game - to help the Panthers build an insurmountable lead.

Northern Iowa has won four of its last five games and is now tied with Missouri State and Illinois State for third in the MVC.

Anthony Beane led the Salukis (12-18, 8-9) with 17 points. Sean O'Brien added 11.

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