The first big test of the season, the Huskers did not disappoint.
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After a great first offensive possession courtesy of Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby, the offense went stagnant for awhile.
James Palmer Jr. missed his first four shots, and Nebraska couldn’t penetrate the paint. But thanks to a Watson three and fade away two point jump shot, momentum began to shift towards the Huskers at the U12 media timeout.
Tanner Borchardt and Nana Akenten we’re also first ones to check in, followed by Amir Harris and Brady Heiman. Borchardt came in early after two early fouls from Roby.
If it weren’t for Watson and Palmer in the first half, the Huskers would’ve been down early. In fact, Palmer started out 0-8, but caught fire just when Nebraska needed it.
Watson finished the half with 10 points, Palmer 11, however shooting 3-13, and Isaac Copeland 9. The Huskers went into half 33-27. We seemed rusty in the first half.
Heading into the second half the offense picked up a little bit, with both teams scoring quick. Huskers had a lot of momentum coming out of the U16 media timeout, but then Roby got his 4th foul...
Not really sure who got the technical, but an assistant coach was hit with one. Then it took the refs five minutes to decide to change the clock two seconds. Very frustrating sequence that looked like would impact Nebraska negatively.
Unfortunately for Seton Hall, Palmer came to play. Right after seton hall cut the lead to two, Palmer pulled up in front of the Pirate’s 6-foot-10 center and drilled a three. Little bit after that, he did this:
Shon Morris' reaction says it all.— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) November 15, 2018
"Ooooooh" that adjustment was nice from James Palmer Jr., and the @HuskerHoops bucket is a #BTNStandout x @AutoOwnersIns: pic.twitter.com/7E82R4g3sx
Thomas Allen then knocked down a corner three to cap off a 7-0 run that forced Seton Hall to call a timeout. So important for the Huskers to respond well when something doesn’t go their way.
The rest of the way, the Huskers played close to perfect basketball, finishing with a 35-15 run, right after the technical. Palmer finished with 29 points and 7 rebounds; Watson 14 points and 8 assists; Copeland a double-double, with 18 points and 11 rebounds; Roby had a thunderdunk:
[email protected]_isaiah dismissed Seton Hall. @HuskerHoops pulled away late for a Gavitt Games win, and this hammer was a #BTNStandout presented by @AutoOwnersIns: pic.twitter.com/6OWX1YEbjh— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 15, 2018
In all of their games so far this season, including the secret scrimmage and exhibition, Nebraska started out cold, then caught fire in the second half. Come Big Ten play, that may need to be fixed, but for now, let’s go Huskers! Next game is Monday 11/19 against Missouri Valley State, in the first round of the Hall of Fame Classic.