Illinois comeback sinks Nebraska 59-54

The Associated Press
Illinois comeback sinks Nebraska 59-54
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Illinois guard Brandon Paul (3) drives the baseline past Nebraska guard Caleb Walker (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/John Dixon)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Joseph Bertrand scored a career-high 25 points and hit the shot that gave Illinois a decisive lead with 53 seconds to play Saturday on the way to a 59-54 victory over Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers (8-7, 0-4 Big Ten) were looking for their first Big Ten win and were tied 54-54 when Bertrand hitting a running floater that gave Illinois (14-3, 3-1) a 56-54 lead.

Bertrand made 11 of his 12 shots in his third career start. Brandon Paul added 11 points for the Illini.

Nebraska led 25-22 at the half and held a 48-45 edge with just under 5 minutes to play.

Bo Spencer led Nebraska with 13 points. Toney McCray added 12 and Brandon Richardson scored 10.