Not it was not the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, James Palmer Jr., with the big game for Nebraska but it was Isaac Copeland with a big performance to help lead the Huskers to a 60-54 road win over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
Copeland finished with a big 23 points and 7 rebounds to help lead Nebraska to a strong start. Copeland was responsible for 11 of Nebraska’s 27 points in the first half. He was even better in the second half helping the Huskers close out the game with only a two-point lead several times in the final minutes.
James Palmer Jr. added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 10 points and 4 boards, while Isaiah Roby had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Up 52-50 with just 1:52 left in the game, Nebraska was faced with a tough down to the wire situation with Rutgers threatening to win. They sent Isaiah Roby to the free throw line with two shots and he hit both with 1:34 left and extended the Huskers lead to 4 points. Rutgers would respond with a layup to cap off their next possession, making it only a two-point Nebraska lead. Then two possessions later, Glynn Watson Jr. hit a layup and then James Palmer Jr. converted four free throws in the final 12 seconds to ultimately steal the win.
Nebraska shot the ball 21-53 (39.6%) from the field, 5-18 (27.8%) from deep, and 13-16 (81.6%) from the free throw line. In addition, the Huskers hauled in 38 boards with 12 on offense and 26 coming from the defense. Everywhere else, Nebraska was efficient outplaying Rutgers with 10 assists, 8 steals, and 6 blocks.
Nebraska hosts Iowa on Saturday at 8:00 PM Eastern. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.