Shavon Shields scored a career-high 33 points, including all 15 of his free throw attempts, as the Huskers defeated Illinois 67-58 on Wednesday night. Terran Petteway added 16 points as the Huskers raised their record to 11-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Shields, who had a previous high of 29 points against Penn State last season, 8 of 12 shots and his 15-for-15 night at the line was the best for Nebraska since Jack Moore made all 15 of his against Oklahoma State in 1982. The Huskers were 24 of 27 from the line, 14 of 17 in the second half.
The Huskers got a scare when Shields hobbled to bench with 7:46 left after banging knees with an Illinois player. He went to the locker room for treatment and came back less than a minute later.
The Huskers (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten) pulled away with the help of a defense that held Illinois to two field goals over the last 6:57. Shields talks about his night. Video courtesy NU Athletics.