Wednesday’s roundup: Nebraska advances in Big Ten
Indianapolis — Shavon Shields scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed Nebraska to an 89-72 victory over 14th-seeded Rutgers Wednesday night in first-round action of the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Tai Webster had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and the Cornhuskers (15-17) advanced to today’s quarterfinals, where they will meet No. 6 seed Wisconsin.
It was Nebraska’s third victory over Rutgers this season and ended its five-game losing streak. The Huskers’ last victory was at home against Penn State on Feb. 13.
Rutgers (7-25) trailed 37-33 at halftime but tied the game at 43 on Corey Sanders’ 3-pointer with 16:51 to play.
That’s when Nebraska caught fire. The Cornhuskers went on a 17-2 run over the next seven minutes to break the game open at 60-45. Five different Nebraska players scored during the run.
Andrew White III had 16 points, Michael Jacobsen scored 14 and Ed Morrow had all 10 of his points in the second half.
Mike Williams led Rutgers with 14 points, Bishop Daniels had 13 and Omari Grier added 12 for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers committed 17 turnovers that led to 27 Nebraska points.
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Illinois 85, Minnesota 52: Freshman Michael Finke picked the perfect day to make a career-best five 3-pointers, scoring 17 to lead the No. 12 seed Illini.
“I made my first, and it felt great,” said Finke, who finished 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. “My teammates told me to keep shooting. It’s all mental, really.”
Kendrick Nunn added 15 points, Malcolm Hill had 14 and Jalen Coleman-Lands 13 for Illinois (14-18), which plays No. 5 seed and 20th-ranked Iowa today.
The Golden Gophers (8-23) got 12 points from Charles Buggs and 11 by Ahmad Gilbert.
Central Michigan 66, Western Michigan 62: Central Michigan outscored Western Michigan, 36-26, in the second half of a Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinal game at Quicken Loans Arena.
Tinara Moore scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Presley Hudson added 18 points to lead the second-seeded Chippewas (21-9), who advance to face Eastern Michigan in a semifinal game at approximately 2:20 p.m. Friday.
Meredith Shipman scored 17 and Alex Morton had 15 for Western Michigan (17-15).
Eastern Michigan 67, Ball State 53: Cha Sweeney scored 29 to lead the Eagles’ upset of third-seeded Ball State.
Janay Morton added 12 points for Eastern Michigan (21-10).
Carmen Grande and Nathalie Fontaine scored 14 apiece for Ball State (21-9).
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No. 19 Duke 92, N.C. State 89: In the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament’s second round, a bloodied Marshall Plumlee’s tiebreaking 3-point play with 74 seconds left helped the Blue Devils overcome a second-half deficit against the Wolfpack for the third time in three meetings
It was a free-flowing, fast-paced, entertaining game with plenty of offense — and plenty of painful-looking collisions, including involving Plumlee’s nose and, separately, N.C. State guard Anthony “Cat” Barber’s right arm.
Freshmen Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard scored 22 apiece for Duke (23-9) while Grayson Allen added 19, and Plumlee contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks.
Barber finished with 29 points and seven assists for N.C. State (16-17).
Duke faces defending ACC tournament champion Notre Dame in the quarterfinals.
More tournament games
Holy Cross 59, Lehigh 56: Malachi Alexander scored 26 points, Eric Green had 13 and Holy Cross capped its stunning run to the Patriot League title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Crusaders (14-19) failed to win a conference road game during the regular season and are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
Tim Kempton scored 20 for Lehigh (17-15), which had won 11 games in a row.
Pittsburgh 72, Syracuse 71: Cameron Johnson scored a career-high 24 off the bench as the Panthers strengthened their NCAA resume by fending off a late run by the Orange.
Michael Gbinije led Syracuse (19-13) with 24 points.
Washington 91, Stanford 68: Dejounte Murray scored 25 Marquese Chriss had 18 and 10 rebounds, and Washington (18-13) romped in the opening game of the Pac 12 tournament.
Dorian Pickens had 17 points to lead Stanford (15-15).
Old Dominion 72, Florida Atlantic 46: Trey Freeman scored 25 points and Aaron Bacote added 15 for Old Dominion (20-12) in the second round of the Conference USA tourney.
Florida could be without center John Egbunu in the Southeastern Conference tournament game against Arkansas. The 6-foot-11 sophomore tore a ligament in his right thumb during practice Tuesday, but has been cleared to play with a brace and will dress.
... Redshirt junior Kris Dunn (16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds) of first-place Villanova was named Big East player of the year a second straight year.