CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — Marcus Domask and Justin Harmon each made two free throws and Terrance Shannon Jr. He had a steal in the final 25 seconds of overtime to help No. 14 Illinois beat Nebraska 87-84 on Sunday.
While the Illini were ahead 72-62 with 3:29 left in regulation, Nebraska took the lead with Rienk Mast’s shot with 9 seconds left. Domask then split a pair of free throws with 3 seconds left to tie the score at 73.
Coleman Hawkins led Illinois (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) with 20 points. Domask scored 19 points and Ty Rodgers had 8 points and 14 rebounds.
Shannon scored 18 points in his fifth game after missing six games due to a university suspension. due to his arrest on rape charges in Kansas.
Keisei Tominaga scored 31 points for the Cornhuskers (16-7, 6-6 Big Ten), who beat 6th ranked Wisconsin in overtime in the match where they were trailing by 19 points in the first half. Mast scored 19 points against the Illini.
Nebraska led Illinois 36-34 at halftime, but the Illini made their first six field goals in the second half to take a 47-40 lead.
The victory moved Illinois into second place in the Big Ten, tied with Wisconsin. The Badgers lost 75-69 to No. 2 Purdue on Sunday and are 10-2 in the conference.
Nebraska: The Huskers entered the game leading the Big Ten with an average of 9.5 3-pointers made per game. They scored 12 goals on Sunday, including five from Tominaga. When they make at least 10 3’s they become 9-4.
Illinois: The Illini completed a tough stretch of seven games in 19 days with a win over Ohio State on Wednesday. Illinois went 5-2 in those seven games, losing in overtime at home to Maryland and on the road to Northwestern. Illinois’ schedule has eased significantly this month as the Illini make a bid for the Big Ten regular season title. Starting with Sunday’s game against Nebraska, the Illini will play seven games throughout February.
Nebraska: At Northwestern on Wednesday.
Illinois: At Michigan State on Saturday.