The Cornhuskers backed by another all-around team effort won their fifth straight game, defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at home 67-55.
James Palmer Jr. had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists to lead all scorers including Nebraska. Glynn Watson Jr. added 11 points and 2 steals, while Isaac Copeland chipped in 11 points and 2 steals. Isaiah Roby contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds along with 2 blocks. Jordy Tshimanga rounded out the all-around effort with 8 points and a steal.
Nebraska got off to a great start over the first three minutes, with an 8-0 advantage early on Rutgers. They would later turn that into a 20-4 lead with about 12 minutes left before halftime. Everything at that point was going in favor of the Cornhuskers who would go on to lead the Scarlet Knights at halftime 37-28.
It would take a few minutes into the second half before Nebraska dominated, getting off to another strong start with 11 points in just the first five minutes. After that, Rutgers would finally wake up and start playing, but Nebraska continued to outpace the Scarlet Knights as they went on to outscore Rutgers 30-27.
Nebraska shot 25-55 (45.5%) from the field, 3-15 (20.0%) from deep, and 14-19 (73.7%) from the charity stripe. Those numbers are not the greatest, but when compared to Rutgers’ are far superior. The Scarlet Knights just shot 24-69 (35.8%) from the field, 2-14 (14.3%) from three, and 5-8 (62.5%) from the free throw line. Rutgers would hold the rebounding advantage, with 43 rebounds, compared to Nebraska’s 39. The Cornhuskers would breeze through the rest of the statistical areas, with 14 assists, 6 steals, and 8 blocks with just 11 total turnovers.
Nebraska improves to 19-8 this season and 10-4 in the Big Ten. They have won five straight games and their seventh Big Ten game in the last eight games. Furthermore, they have not lost at home since December 16th where they fell to a No. 13-ranked Kansas team 73-72. Since then, they are 8-0 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska will host Maryland this upcoming Tuesday at 7:00 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network. That game will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.