Nebraska won their sixth game in a row on Tuesday night, defeating the Maryland Terrapins at home in the Pinnacle Bank Arena 70-66. A large part of their win was James Palmer who was on fire.
Palmer poured in 26 points which led all scorers on 10-19 shooting from the field along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Isaiah Roby was also very good, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds as well as 3 blocks. Isaac Copeland almost reached that feat, with 9 points and 9 rebounds one short in each area for what would have been a double-double. Anton Gill and Glynn Watson each chipped in 8 points.
Despite being the aggressor early with the first two buckets, they would play a first half where Maryland had slight control over the Huskers. The largest separation between the two teams would have been the Terrapins leading by five points with 6:57 still to go in the first half. It took a while, but Nebraska got the lead back with a three and then a two for a 28-27 advantage with 3:48 left. After Maryland closed the gap again, it would be the Terrapins leading at halftime 32-30.
Nebraska’s second half would be a completely different story, where they secured the lead early and managed to hold on down to the end. The Huskers opened the half on a 13-4 scoring run to claim a seven-point lead with about 15 minutes still to go. Maryland did cut down the lead to just two points a few times but every time it was close, Nebraska always had an answer. The Huskers would end up outscoring Maryland in this half, 40-34.
The Huskers utilized a solid shooting performance to pace themselves in the win. They shot 25-55 (45.5%) from the field, 7-19 (36.8%) from deep, and 13-19 (68.4%) from the free throw line. In addition, they would also be a strong rebounding team with 35 total rebounds, winning the “Battle for Boards”. Nebraska would add 14 assists, 4 steals, and 6 blocks to round out the stat sheet.
With their sixth victory in a row, Nebraska improves to 20-8 this season and 11-4 in the Big Ten. A Top-10 NCAA Tournament seed looks more and more likely by the day for the Huskers.
Nebraska will travel to Champaign to face Illinois this Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network.