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Nebraska Beats Rutgers To Advance In Big Ten Basketball Tournament

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Nebraska and Rutgers battled back and forth until the Huskers pulled away in the second half for a convincing win over the Scarlet Knights.

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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:

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.