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11/30/2013 4:23 PM EST
Nebraska edges Northern Illinois 63-58

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

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.

Nebraska finished the game 20 of 33 from the free-throw line.
Northern Illinois was 19 of 28 in a game that saw 47 fouls
called. Nebraska made two more field goals than Northern
Illinois in an evenly matched game that saw both teams pull down
38 rebounds and finish with 16 turnovers.

Smith had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Huskers. Terran
Pettaway finished with 12 for Nebraska.

Threloff led Northern Illinois with 18 points, and Highsmith had
13 points for the Huskies.

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