Published Thursday, March 14, 2013 AT 6:15 PM / Updated at 6:18 PM
Shields hot in first half
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska freshman Shavon Shields is on pace to post a career scoring high in the first round of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.

The 6-foot-6 wing has 15 points in the first half against Purdue on 6 of 7 field goals and 2 of 2 free throws.

Despite his efforts and the Huskers shooting 52 percent from the field, NU’s lead is only 30-28 after 20 minutes.

Shields scored 29 points in a win at Penn State, matching the second-best freshman point total ever at NU.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at