Boxscore
Illinois 59, Nebraska 54
Saturday, January 7, 2012 1:00 PM
Location - Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Officials - Ed Hightower, Mike Sanzere, Jim Schippers
Attendance - 14909

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Nebraska 25 29 54
Illinois 22 37 59

Recap


Sophomore guard Joseph Bertrand scored a career-high 25 points as Illinois edged visiting Nebraska 59-54 Saturday at Assembly Hall.
 
Bertrand, who had a stretch earlier this season in which he hit 13 consecutive field-goal attempts over two games, had another incredible shooting performance in this one, going 11-of-12 from the field.
 
Illinois (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten), which improved to 5-1 in games decided by five points or less, led by as many as five points early in the second half at 34-29.
 
But the Huskers (8-7, 0-4) hit seven of their next eight shots to key a 16-6 run and grab a five-point advantage of their own at the 8:48 mark.
 
The Illini fought back to knot the game at 45 as neither team held more than a two-point lead from that point on until the final minute.
 
Bertrand gave Illinois a lead for the final time when hit a runner with a 54 seconds remaining, but he was called for an offensive foul at the conclusion of the play. However, Toney McCray missed both free-throw attempts.
 
Following a Nebraska timeout on its next possession, Bo Spencer took a difficult 3-point attempt, which led to a layup opportunity for Brandon Paul, who drew a flagrant foul on the play. Paul hit both of his free throws and Meyers Leonard hit 1-of-2 seconds later to account for the final margin.
 
Spencer scored a team-high 13 points for the Huskers, who committed a season-high 20 turnovers.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Toney McCray 34:00 5-9 1-2 1-4 1 5 6 0 1 0 3 1 12
Brandon Richardson 35:00 3-5 1-2 3-4 0 3 3 1 2 3 1 0 10
Bo Spencer 26:00 5-10 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 4 0 13
Brandon Ubel 25:00 1-3 0-1 1-2 2 1 3 3 3 1 2 0 3
Caleb Walker 25:00 0-2 0-2 1-2 0 7 7 1 0 0 4 0 1
Dylan Talley 28:00 1-3 0-0 4-4 0 1 1 1 5 1 3 1 6
Jorge Brian Diaz 22:00 3-4 0-0 3-3 0 3 3 1 2 0 3 1 9
Corey Hilliard 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Fox 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christopher Niemann 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 18-36 5-14 13-19 3 21 24 8 18 5 20 3 54
  50.0% 35.7% 68.4% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 20

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tracy Abrams 34:00 3-4 1-2 1-4 0 3 3 1 2 1 3 0 8
Joseph Bertrand 35:00 11-12 0-0 3-5 0 2 2 2 3 1 2 0 25
Tyler Griffey 20:00 0-3 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1
Meyers Leonard 24:00 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 0 7
Brandon Paul 39:00 4-13 1-5 2-4 1 5 6 3 3 2 1 1 11
Myke Henry 8:00 1-2 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
Nnanna Egwu 15:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 0
Ibby Djimde 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
D.J. Richardson 21:00 1-4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Mike Shaw 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-44 3-11 10-19 2 17 19 8 20 5 13 2 59
  52.3% 27.3% 52.6% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 13
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