Shavon Shields lead Nebraska with 20 points and Tai Webster added 18 as the Huskers beat Rutgers 89-72 in the first round of the 2016 Big Ten basketball tournament.
The Huskers and Scarlet Knights spent the first half trading the lead, with Nebraska leading 37-33 at the halfway point. The Huskers pulled away in the second half with a 17-2 run while keeping Rutgers from scoring a field goal for five minutes to make it 60-45 with 11:37 left.
Nebraska's Andrew White fouled out with 4:58 left, scoring 16 points with three rebounds. Michael Jacobson scored a career-high 14 points, and while Benny Parker added only two points, he was a defensive monster, keeping Rutgers' top player Corey Sanders frustrated throughout the game. Sanders scored only 10 points, while Parker reached a career milestone:
With this steal, Benny Parker of @HuskerHoops moved into 10th place on Nebraska’s career steals list (131). pic.twitter.com/Qq3rOh8G0h— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 10, 2016
Nebraska shot well throughout the game, going 33-for-70 field goals for 47.1%. They went 7-for-16 from three for 43.8%. Rutgers shooting was decent as well, 24-for-56 for field goals for 42.9%, and 7-for-15 from three for 46.7%. Nebraska scored 27 points off Rutgers turnovers, while Nebraska committed only 10 turnovers in the game.
Nebraska will play Wisconsin tomorrow night at 8:00 pm central on BTN.
Shavon Shields talks about @HuskerHoops win over Rutgers and looks ahead to the match-up with Wisconsin. #MarchOnBTN https://t.co/3jiZmXjpXR— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) March 10, 2016