LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Deverell Biggs had 18 points and hit four throws in the final 7 seconds as Nebraska held on to defeat Northern Illinois 63-58 Saturday.
Nebraska (5-2) took a 48-35 lead on Tai Webster's layup with 13:17 remaining. But the Huskers then went 6 minutes without a basket. Northern Illinois (2-4) chipped away at the lead as Nebraska struggled from the free-throw line, making just 2 of 9 in a 6-minute stretch.
Jordan Threloff scored six straight in a 10-3 Northern Illinois run that cut Nebraska lead to 51-45 with 7:28 left. Nebraska pushed the lead back to nine on Biggs' driving layup that made the score 56-47 with 6:39 left.
But the Huskers managed just one point in almost 5 minutes and Daveon Ball's free throws cut the advantage to 57-55 with 1:18 left.
Nebraska's Leslie Smith then tipped in Biggs' miss with 59 seconds left to push the lead to four. Dontel Highsmith hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to cut the margin to one before Biggs hit the game-clinching free throws.
Chicago State overpowers SIU
CHICAGO (AP) Quinton Pippen scored 17 points to lead Chicago State to their first-ever win against Southern Illinois, 88-84 on Saturday.
Chicago State (3-4) built an early 9-point lead in the second half after Matt Ross hit a 3-pointer. Southern Illinois (2-6) immediately rallied, ripping off an 8-0 run.
Every time the Cougars made a run, the Salukis responded to reel them in.
Eastern no match for Western Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) George Fant scored 20 points as Western Kentucky rolled over Eastern Illinois 68-53 Saturday night.
T.J. Price had 13 points for the Hilltoppers.
Western Kentucky (4-2), which has been holding its opponents to a 62.4 points per game average, limited the Panthers to 53.
Link leads Western over Greenville
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Adam Link scored 16 points, leading four players in double digits, as Western Illinois overpowered Greenville in a 76-49 win on Saturday night.
The Leathernecks (2-4) shot 54.7 percent from the floor but hit just two of their eight attempts from beyond the arc, and put the game away by outscoring Greenville 41-24 in the second half. Jordan Foster scored 11 points, while Tate Stensgaard and Michael Ochereobia added 10 points apiece.
Greenville, an NCAA Division III team, trailed the entire game but narrowed the gap to just 10 points at the break before Western Illinois took advantage of the Panthers' 23 turnovers and ran away in the second half.