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03/02/2013 7:25 PM EST
Illinois survives stubborn Nebraska, 72-65
ILLINOIS 72, NEBRASKA 65

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois used double-figure scoring from
five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska Saturday, 72-65.



The Huskers led 57-55 with just over 6 minutes to play. But the
Illini (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten) went on a 7-0 run started by a
3-pointer from D.J. Richardson to go up 62-57. They never
trailed again.



Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 16 points. Brandon Paul had 14
and Richardson, Myke Henry and Nnanna Egwu also scored in double
figures.



Nebraska (13-16, 4-12) was led by 23 points from Ray Gallegos
and 20 by Dylan Talley.



The win helps build Illinois' NCAA tournament case with two
regular-seasons games left. The Illini play at Iowa Tuesday and
at No. 16 Ohio State March 10.

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