CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No excuses, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway said, after missing 13 of his first 14 shots and being held to 13 points in Wednesday’s 60-49 loss at Illinois.
The Big Ten’s leading scorer at 18.4 points a game didn’t warm up for the second half.
Instead, he was on the floor in front of the Husker bench getting his back and hamstrings stretched by the trainer. Petteway has had some back issues since before the Penn State game a week ago.
Still, no excuses.
“I’ve just got to take care of my body,” said Petteway, NU’s only double-figure scorer with 13 points. “It wasn’t anything to make an excuse on the way I played tonight.”
Nebraska coach Tim Miles said it wasn’t a normal night of work for the 6-foot-6 guard.
“He just had a tough night,” the coach said. “It started with some quick outside shots. Usually, he adjusts. The first play of the second half, he got to the rim right away and got fouled.
“But there were only a few other times we saw him on the attack like we usually do.”
Petteway said Illinois showed more “want-to” than Nebraska.
“You could see it,” he said. “They got all the 50-50 balls. We’ve just got to get back in the lab and work on our game.”
Husker defense still OK
For just the second time in 16 games, Nebraska outshot its opponent (44.4 percent to 37.3 percent) but lost.
The Huskers have held six straight opponents to 40 percent shooting or less. But Illinois outrebounded NU 34-28, including 11 on offense.
“Rebounding is a separate part of defense,” Miles said. “Defense is conversion and getting back. But if you don’t rebound well, you’re eventually going to break down.”
Miles likes to count total shots — field goals and free throws — as part of his defensive measurement. Illinois had 70 to Nebraska’s 52.
“So we weren’t even close,” he said. “That means something is amiss.”