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Shields leads Nebraska over Northwestern 54-47

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  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields (31) shoots against Northwestern center Alex Olah (22) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers beat the Wildcats 54-47.

      Nebraska's Shavon Shields (31) shoots against Northwestern center Alex Olah (22) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers beat the Wildcats 54-47.
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Shavon Shields had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which took a 10-point lead with 7 minutes left and held on to defeat Northwestern 54-47 Saturday.

With the win, Nebraska (17-11, 9-7 Big Ten) is guaranteed a .500 conference record, a Big Ten first for the Huskers, now in their third season in the conference. Nebraska won nine conference games for the first time since 1998-99 and only the 10th time since World War II.

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Northwestern (12-17, 5-11) has now lost six straight games, a streak that began with a 53-49 loss to Nebraska on Feb. 8.

Nebraska took the lead 3½ minutes into the game and never trailed thereafter. Northwestern cut the lead to 31-30 on Drew Crawford's 3-pointer with 11:46 remaining.

A 3-point play by Shields triggered a 13-4 Nebraska run that made the score 44-34 with 7 minutes left.

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