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Isaac Copeland Jr. led four Huskers with 23 points, as No. 24 (coaches) Nebraska improved to 4-0 with an 85-62 victory over Missouri State in the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker.

Copeland hit 9-of-14 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and four assists in posting his first 20-point game of the season and 10th of his collegiate career.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 16 points and four assists, while Isaiah Roby and Nana Akenten added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Roby also had seven boards and four assists, while Akenten had a trip of 3-pointers in 18 minutes off the bench as Nebraska posted its fourth straight win by at least 20 points.

Nebraska shot 51 percent from the field, including 13 3-points, while blistering the nets at 59 percent after halftime to pull away down the stretch after the Bears kept it close for most of the first 30 minutes.

Missouri State got to 43-37 after a dunk by Obediah Church, but Nebraska rallied for seven straight points, the last coming off a steal and layup by Allen to make it 50-37 with 14:35 left.

The Bears (3-1) got to within 64-53 after a basket from Deandre Cook, but Nebraska used another 7-0 run to put the game out of reach, pushing the lead to 18, at 71-53 with 5:51 remaining.

Cook led MSU with 22 points, while Garred Dixon and Kabir Mohammed added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Nebraska got 10 first-half points apiece from Watson Jr. and Copeland Jr, as the Huskers took a 36-29 halftime lead.

The Huskers, who shot 44 percent from the half, led 15-12 after a Mohammed basket before the Huskers went on a run. Nebraska out-scored the Bears, 11-2, including seven straight from Copeland, to build its largest lead of the half at 26-14 with 5:54 left in the half.

Missouri State chipped away at the Husker lead, hitting four of five shots to pull to within 29-26 after a Cook 3-pointer to force a Husker timeout with 2:33 left in the half. Cook led MSU with 11 first-half points, as the Bears shot 38 percent but committed 11 turnovers that led to 16 Husker points.

The Huskers then ran off seven straight points, including 3-pointers from Watson and Thomas Allen, to stretch the lead to 10, at 36-26 with 53 seconds left in the half before Jarrod Dixon’s 3-pointer pulled Missouri State with seven at the break.

Nebraska will play the winner of tonight’s second game between USC and Missouri State tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and on the Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska Postgame Notes*-Nebraska has scored 80+ points in their first four games for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
*-The Huskers have won all four games by at least 23 points.
*-Isaac Copeland Jr. had his first 20-point game and 10th of his career, finishing with 23 points.
*-Thomas Allen has a career-high five steals, including four in the first half. His previous high was three against Southeastern Louisiana.
*-Nebraska has shot 50 percent or higher in three of its four games, while holding all four opponents under 42 percent.
*-Nebraska has blocked six or more shots in all four games.
*-Copeland and Watson have been in double figures in all four of the Huskers’ games.
*-Isaiah Roby’s four assists in a career high, topping his previous best of three.
*-James Palmer Jr. was held to eight points, the first time in 18 games he was held out of double figures.
*-With the win, Tim Miles tied Doc Sadler for fourth on NU’s career wins list with 101.





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NEBRASKA at IOWA

NOV. 23, 2018 | KINNICK STADIUM

IOWA CITY, IOWA | 11 A.M. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - FOX (Brian Custer, Ben Leber, Jen Hale)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 133, XM 372
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

 

HUSKERS

Record: 4-7, 3-5 Big Ten
Last Game: defeated Michigan State, 9-6
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 23-14 (3rd Year)/4-7 (1st Year)
vs. Iowa: 0-0

 

HAWKEYES
Record: 7-4, 4-4 Big Ten
Last Game: defeated Illinois, 63-0
Rankings: RV
Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Career/Iowa Record: 162-22 (23rd Year)/150-101 (20th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 4-5

 

The Matchup

Nebraska closes its 2018 season with its traditional post-Thanksgiving Friday matchup with Big Ten West rival Iowa. The contest from Iowa's Kinnick Stadium will kick off shortly after 11 a.m. with the game nationally televised on FOX. The game can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska enters the game at 4-7 overall and 3-5 in Big Ten play, following a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Saturday in Lincoln. The win was Nebraska's fourth in its past five games, marking the Huskers' best five-game stretch since opening the 2016 season with seven straight victories. The win over Michigan State was keyed by the Blackshirt defense, which allowed just two Spartan field goals, a 15-of-41 passing effort and 289 total yards. Barret Pickering hit three fourth-quarter field goals and the win was Nebraska's first without scoring a touchdown since 1937.

Iowa comes into the contest with a 7-4 overall record in 2018, and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are coming off an impressive 63-0 victory at Illinois on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak, in which the Hawkeyes' three losses were by a total of 12 points. Iowa owns one of the league's best defenses, ranking second in the Big Ten allowing 280.9 yards per game, and second in the conference in scoring defense at 16.5 points per game. The Hawkeye defense has allowed just 11.0 points per game at Kinnick Stadium this season.

 

This Week's Numbers
29 - Nebraska will be playing on the day after Thanksgiving for the 29th straight season, including the eighth straight meeting with Iowa. The Huskers also played Oklahoma (1990-95) and Colorado (1996-2010) in their streak of Thanksgiving Friday games.

24 - Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. needs 24 receiving yards on Friday to set the Husker career receiving yardage record. He has 2,666 career yards, trailing only Kenny Bell's 2,689 career yards. Morgan Jr. set the career receptions record last week with 182 career catches.

90 - Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez enters Friday's game with 2,910 total offense yards this season. Martinez needs 90 total offense yards against Iowa to record the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in school history, the first by a freshman and just the second by an underclassman.

 

Nebraska-Iowa Series

• Nebraska and Iowa meet each season as members of the Big Ten West Division and play each year for the Heroes Trophy.

  • Before Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, the teams met 41 times as non-conference opponents, including 14 games between 1930 and 1946. Nebraska and Iowa also met four straight years from 1979 to 1982, and the final matchups as non-conference opponents were in 1999 and 2000.
  • This year's meeting will mark the eighth straight year that Nebraska and Iowa will meet on the day after Thanksgiving. NU and Iowa will meet in Lincoln on Black Friday in 2019, before a two-year break from the schools meeting at the end of the season. Nebraska and Iowa are scheduled to resume their post-Thanksgiving matchup in 2022.
  • Nebraska had an eight-game win streak in the series and a pair of five-game win streaks. Iowa has tied its longest win streak in the series with its current three-game win streak.
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    Heroes Trophy at Stake in Friday's Clash

    Nebraska and Iowa will battle for the Heroes Trophy when they hit the field at Kinnick Stadium on Friday. The HyVee Heroes Game is the annual trophy game between Nebraska and Iowa.

    While both teams aim to win the trophy on the field, both Nebraska and Iowa wished to make their annual meeting about more than just winning a football game. With that in mind, the schools partnered together to not only create a trophy, but to use a national stage to honor a citizen hero from each state.

    In addition to the trophy that will be claimed by the winner of the game, both an Iowa and Nebraska native will be honored for extraordinary acts. Those winners will be announced early this week.

     

    Nebraska Continues Long "Red" Friday Tradition

    Nebraska will continue its long-standing tradition of playing on the day after Thanksgiving. This Friday’s game with Iowa will mark the 29th consecutive season the Huskers have played on Thanksgiving Friday.

    NU met Oklahoma in the final six seasons of the Big Eight Conference (1990 to 1995), then played Colorado in all 15 of the Huskers’ Big 12 Conference years (1996 to 2010), before taking on Iowa each of the past eight seasons.

    Nebraska and Iowa are also scheduled to conclude the season against each other on the day after Thanksgiving in 2019, and from 2022-25. Nebraska will close the 2020 and 2021 seasons against Minnesota.

  • Nebraska owns a 19-9 record since 1990 in games on the day after Thanksgiving, including a 5-1 record against Oklahoma, an 11-4 mark against Colorado and a 3-4 mark against Iowa.
  • Nebraska is 9-4 on the road in Thanksgiving Friday games since 1990, including 2-1 against the Hawkeyes.
  • In addition to the past seven years, Nebraska and Iowa also closed the regular season against each other nine times from 1892 to 1916.
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    Huskers Attempt to Complete Strong Second Half of 2018

    Nebraska will look to close the 2018 season in an impressive manner with a win at Iowa. A victory would cap a strong second half to the season. After starting 0-6, Nebraska has won four of its past five games, with the only loss at No. 8 Ohio State by five points.

  • A Husker victory would give Nebraska a 5-1 record in the second half of the season. That would mark Nebraska's best record in the second half of a regular season since posting a 6-0 record to close the 2012 regular season.
  • In addition to the 2012 second half success, Nebraska posted 5-1 records in the second half of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
  • Nebraska has already ensured a winning second half of the season for the first time since 2014.
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    Offense Hopes to Finish Season with Strong Outing

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. In the past two months, Frost's Nebraska offense has posted numbers among the nation's best units.

    Nebraska gained at least 450 yards in seven straight games, before being slowed by Michigan State in wintry conditions. The seven-game streak of 450-yard outputs set a school record for the longest 450-yard streak in NU history. NU had previously topped 450 yards in six straight games in 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1995.

    Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado, and has since posted four more games with better than 500 yards. NU had 606 yards on Nov. 10 against Illinois, a season-high 659 yards against Minnesota, 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin.

  • NU averages 461.3 yards of total offense to rank second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally.
  • Nebraska's 659 yards of offense against Minnesota was its highest total since gaining 787 yards against FAU in the 2014 season opener.
  • The total offense output against Minnesota was Nebraska's largest in a Big Ten Conference game (since 2011). It was NU's highest total offense in a conference game since having 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007.
  • Nebraska has gained 600 yards of offense in two of its last four Big Ten games. Previously, the Huskers had gained 600 yards only once in their first 62 Big Ten Conference games.
  • Nebraska has five 500-yard offensive games this season. NU had not had five 500-yard total offense games in a season since 2000.
  • The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marked the first time NU had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It was the first time NU had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.
  • The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Nebraska is one of only seven Power Five Conference schools averaging 200 rushing yards and 240 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group include Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Texas A&M.
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    One Down, One to Go for Record-Setting Morgan

    After setting the season receiving yardage record with 986 yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. is now making his mark in the Nebraska career record book.

    Morgan had four catches against Michigan State to increase his career total to 182 receptions. That pushed him past Kenny Bell who had the previous Nebraska record of 181 receptions from 2011 to 2014.

    Morgan enters his career finale at Iowa with 2,666 receiving yards. He is 23 yards shy of Bell's record of 2,689 career receiving yards.

    After falling just short of the first 1,000-yard receiving season in school history in 2017, Morgan is 77 yards from reaching that total this season. He is 63 yards away from his own single-season record. Morgan earned All-Big Ten accolades last season, and is a leading contender for first-team all-league honors this fall.

  • Morgan has a streak of 37 consecutive games with a reception, tying Johnny Rodgers for a school record. Morgan has had at least three catches in 22 of the past 23 games.
  • Morgan has 63 catches this season to rank in a tie for fourth on the NU single-season list. He is the only player in school history with two 60-catch seasons.
  • Morgan had his best game of 2018 against Minnesota. He caught a career-high 10 passes for a season-high 163 yards and two touchdowns. The 163 yards tied for the sixth-best single-game effort in school history.
  • Morgan helped seal the Minnesota victory with two second-half touchdowns of 35 and 67 yards.
  • Morgan added two touchdowns as part of a seven-catch effort against Bethune-Cookman, He caught a pair of touchdowns for a third straight home game against Illinois, with TD catches of 37 and 32 yards in the first quarter.
  • Morgan has seven touchdown catches this season to give him 22 career receiving scores, good for a tie for second on the NU charts. He is three touchdowns shy of Johnny Rodgers' school record of 25 touchdown catches.
  • Morgan set NU records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and sixth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State in 2017, the third-highest total in school history.




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    The Nebraska men's basketball team visits an old stomping ground this week, as the Huskers head to Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker.

    The Huskers will tip off against Missouri State in the Sprint Center Monday evening at 6 p.m. while the nightcap features Texas Tech and USC at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting Sprintcenter.com or Ticketmaster.com. Tuesday's schedule includes the third-place game at 6 p.m. and the title game at 8:30 p.m.
    Monday's game will be carried nationally on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Jon Sundvold on the call. The game is also available on the ESPN app.
    Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates.
    The Huskers, who are 3-0 and 25th in the most recent USA Today coaches poll, used a strong second half in pulling away from Seton Hall, 80-57, in the Gavitt Tipoff Games last Wednesday. James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, as Nebraska outscored the Pirates, 36-15, after the visitors pulled within 44-42. Fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. also enjoyed big performances, as Copeland had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Watson has 14 points and eight assists.
    Palmer leads the Huskers and is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring at 21.0 ppg while also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Palmer is tied for the team lead in blocked shots (1.7) and second on the team in assists and steals (1.7 spg). Watson and Copeland are also averaging double figures at 16.3 ppg, and 13.0 ppg, respectively, as the Huskers come to Kansas City averaging 91 points per game through the first three games to rank third in the Big Ten through Thursday's games.
    Nebraska faces another up-tempo squad in Missouri State, as the Bears are also 3-0 with all three wins coming in double figures. Senior guard Jarred Dixon leads Missouri State with 18.7 points per game while junior guard KeAndre Cook is at 17.7 ppg, as the team is averaging 80.3 points per game under first-year coach Dana Ford.
    OPENING NUMBER
    4.67-1 - Assist-to-turnover ratio for Nebraska senior guard Glynn Watson Jr. over the first three games. Watson is also averaging 16.7 ppg on 61 percent shooting.
    NUMBERS TO KNOW
    1992- The last time Nebraska opened the year with three games of 80 or more points before 2018-19. That was also the last time the Huskers won their first three games by at least 20 points.
    29- Points by James Palmer Jr. vs. Seton Hall. It was the second-highest mark of his career and the sixth time in his career he has scored at least 25 points.
    .917 - With Sunday's win, Nebraska is now 33-3 under Tim Miles when scoring 80-or-more points, including 18-1 in the past two-plus seasons.
    9 - The Huskers have had nine runs of at least 10-0 in the first three contests, including a 22-0 run against Southeastern Louisiana.
    106 - Nebraska's point total in the opener against Mississippi Valley State. It was the Huskers' highest total since scoring 107 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005, and was the 17th-highest total in school history.
    SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
    First-year Coach Dana Ford has gotten Missouri State off to a fast start, as the Bears have wins over Oral Roberts (84-50), Robert Morris (74-60) and Stetson (83-70) before heading to Kansas City. Prior to taking the Missouri State job, Ford spent four years at Tennessee State where he took the school from a 5-26 mark in his first season to 20-11 the following year. In his final three seasons, Tennessee State was 52-39.
    The Bears returned just three letterwinners from a team that went 18-16. Jarred Dixon, the brother of former Missouri guard Michael Dixon, is the Bears top returnee as he made 20 starts and averaged 9.1 points per game. Obediah Church started 31 games last season and led the MVC in blocked shots in each of the past two years.
    Series history: Nebraska and Missouri State have met only once, a 98-46 Husker win on Jan. 15, 1983. Terry Smith led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, as Nebraska shot 63 percent from the field.
    LAST TIME OUT
    James Palmer Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, as No. 25 (Coaches) Nebraska improved to 3-0 with an 80-57 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
    Palmer shook off a slow start and shined in the second half, as his 3-pointer sparked the decisive 9-2 Husker run after Seton Hall pulled to within 44-42 with 13:32 remaining and helped build a nine-point lead, at 53-44, after a Thomas Allen 3-pointer.
    Seton Hall got to within 57-48 after a Michael Nzei basket with just under 10 minute remaining, but could not cut into the Husker lead, as Nebraska stretched out the margin in the final few minutes. Behind the play of Palmer and fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Glynn Watson Jr. (14 points, eight assists), the Huskers outscored the Pirates 36-15 down the stretch to pick up their 14th straight win at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
    Nebraska shot 59 percent in the second half, while holding the Pirates to 33 percent shooting after halftime. On the night, NU kept Seton Hall (1-1) to 36 percent shooting, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
    POSTGAME NOTES VS. SETON HALL
    • James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 29 points, the second-highest total of his career and ninth career 20-point game.
    • Isaac Copeland Jr. posted his fifth career double-double and fourth as a Husker with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
    • Nebraska has scored 80 or more points in each of the first three games, the first time the Huskers have done that since the 1992-93 season.
    • Tim Miles won his 100th game at Nebraska, becoming the fifth Husker coach to reach the milestone.
    • With the win, Nebraska snapped a seven-game losing streak to Big East teams. It was also NU's first Gavitt Games win in three tries.
    • Nebraska held Seton Hall to 2-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Opponents are now 6-of-48 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc this season.
    WORTH NOTING
    • Nebraska's games at the Sprint Center this week are the program's first since the 2011 Big 12 Tournament.
    • While Nebraska makes its debut in the Hall of Fame Classic, three members of the program have played or coached in the Sprint Center. NU assistant Armon Gates was on the Northwestern staff for the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, while Head Coach Tim Miles brought his Colorado State team to play Kansas in the Sprint Center in 2010. CSU's starting point guard that day was current Husker graduate manager Dorian Green.
    • The Huskers are bidding for their third 4-0 start under Miles with the others coming in 2012-13 and 2016-17.
    • With a win on Monday, Tim Miles will match Doc Sadler for fourth on Nebraska's career victories list with 101.
    AN NCAA FIRST IN KANSAS CITY NEXT WEEK
    The four teams in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will have the use of the ShotTracker Team app on iPads. The NCAA granted a waiver making the Hall of Fame Classic the first set of games in Division I history where coaches will have access to real-time advanced analytics on a handheld device during live competition.
    • Each student-athlete will wear a ShotTracker sensor, and games will be played with a ShotTracker-enabled Wilson basketball. ShotTracker teamed up with Wilson Sporting Goods to ensure an embedded smart sensor will be undetectable in game play.
    • Via the ShotTracker Team and Fan apps, ShotTracker’s technology will provide a wide array of resources to coaches, players and fans alike, including interactive shot charts, real-time lineup efficiencies and possession-based statistics. ShotTracker will also offer live analytics integration into Hall of Fame Classic telecasts on the ESPN networks, creating a never-before-seen experience for viewers at home.
    DOING IT WITH DEFENSE
    Nebraska’s biggest improvements came on the defensive end in 2017-18, going from 13th to 6th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to second in 3-point percentage defense. NU ranked in the top-75 nationally in both field goal defense (74th) and 3-point percentage defense (32nd) last season. That has continued in the early stages of the 2018-19 season.
    • Although it is early in the season, Nebraska is third nationally in scoring defense (43.0 ppg), second in field goal defense (.268), first in 3-point defense (.125) and 12th in blocked shots (7.3 bpg).
    • Nebraska has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in 29 straight games dating back to last season, including 12 straight foes held to under 50 percent shooting.
    • Under Miles, the Huskers are 46-5 (.902) when holding opponents under 60 points.
    • NU has limited all three opponents to under 0.85 points per possession. Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana both were held to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years.
    WHAT'S BACK FOR THE BIG RED
    The Huskers welcomed back three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. The group includes All-Big Ten performers James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland and three-year starter Glynn Watson Jr., all of whom averaged double figures in 2017-18. NU also returns junior forward Isaiah Roby, who started 13 of NU’s final 14 games - all but Senior Night - and led NU in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
    • It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
    • Nebraska's 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which has 4,246 returning points, has more points returning than the Big Red.
    • Entering the season, Nebraska's returnees have combined for 160 career starts for the Big Red and 214 games at the Division I level. Copeland (49 starts at Georgetown) and Palmer (five starts at Miami) both cracked the starting lineups at their previous schools before coming to Nebraska.
    NEW NUMBER, SAME GAME FOR PALMER
    While senior guard James Palmer Jr. switched from No. 24 to No. 0 in the offseason, the All-American candidate continues to produce at a high level. The 6-foot-6 guard comes to the Hall of Fame Classic averaging 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He comes off a strong performance against Seton Hall, finishing with 29 points and six rebounds.
    • He is first or second on the Huskers in scoring (first), blocks (first), assists (second) and steals (second).
    • Palmer has scored his points in bunches with three halves of at least 15 points in Nebraska's first three games. He had 15 points by halftime of each of the first two games while he had 18 second-half points against Seton Hall.
    • Palmer has become a more efficient playmaker, raising his assist-to-turnover rate from 1.38-to-1 last year to 3.67-to-1 in 2018-19.
    • Palmer has shown the ability to get to the free throw line often, as he is second nationallly in both free throws made and attempted through Thursday's games. In fact, Palmer has been to the line (37) almost as many times as NU's first three opponents (40).
    • Palmer has reached double figures in 34 of 36 career games at Nebraska, including each of the last 17 dating back to Jan. 15, 2018.
    Last season, Palmer averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth. Last year, Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer joins Purdue's Carsen Edwards as returning first-team All-Big Ten selections by the conference coaches.
    • Palmer averaged 18.8 points per game in Big Ten play last year, which is the highest average in conference play since Aleks Maric averaged 18.9 ppg in 2006-07. It is also the most by a returning Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012-13.
    • Palmer is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season
    WATSON KEYS HUSKER ATTACK
    For Coach Tim Miles, senior Glynn Watson Jr. is a luxury, as he begins his fourth year as Nebraska's starting guard. Watson moved into the role midway through his freshman year and has made his mark in the Husker program.
    Watson comes into Monday's game averaging 16.3 points per game on 61 percent shooting, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range.He also is averaging 4.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He turned in a solid performance in the win over Seton Hall with 14 points and a season-high eight assists.
    • Watson enters Monday's game needing 27 points to tie Tai Webster for 26th place on NU's scoring list. He is also four steals away from matching Brandon Richardson for eighth place on NU's career chart.
    • Watson's return marks the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign.
    • With 1,090 points, Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland has 1,092 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is 111 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
    • Watson has a career 2.12-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has more steals (141) than turnovers (134) in his career.
    • Watson's older brother Demetri McCamey was an All-Big Ten guard at Illinois during the 2009-10 season.
    • Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91). All three played for legendary high school coach Gene Pingatore, who is in his 50th year as coach at St. Joseph and has won over 1,000 games at the school.
    ISAAC MAKES IT TOUGH FOR OPPONENTS TO COPE
    Isaac Copeland Jr. is back to make the most of his senior year. The 6-foot-9 forward joined the program in January of 2017, but then was unable to practice because of a herniated disc that eventually required surgery. Despite not being able to practice until school started, Copeland finished second on the team scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg), setting personal bests in all three areas and earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors in his first season at Nebraska.
    Copeland is averaging 13.0 points on 58 percent shooting, along with 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in the early going, as he has been in double figures all three games. He had his best game of the young season against Seton Hall with 18 points and 10 rebounds in leading NU to an 80-57 win.
    • Copeland collected his fifth career double-double against the Pirates, as he had one during his redshirt year (2016-17) and three in 2017-18.
    • He has nine career 20-point games (5 at Nebraska, 4 at Georgetown), including a pair of 30-point games. Copeland had 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting against North Dakota last year and a career-high 32-point night against Marquette during his sophomore year at Georgetown.
    • A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, his 2014 Brewster Academy team also featured Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte) and Jonah Bolden (Philadephia).
    • Copeland earned his undergraduate degree in sociology last May and is working on his Master's Degree. He comes from a basketball family, as his father (Ike) played collegiately at East Carolina. As a senior, he helped East Carolina make the NCAA Tournament.
    ROBY'S 50-50 CLUB
    Junior forward Isaiah Roby is one of only two returning power conference players to total 50 blocks and 50 assists last season, joining Missouri’s Jontay Porter, who will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Last year, Roby led the Huskers in blocked shots and was fourth in assists despite starting just 13 contests. He moved into the starting lineup during the second half of the season, as the Huskers won 10 of their last 12 Big Ten contests.
    Roby is also one of four Huskers to ever have 50 blocks and 50 assists in a season, joining Aleks Maric, Venson Hamilton and Rich King. Roby's 63 blocked shots last season ranked 10th in school history and was the most by a Husker since Kimani Ffriend in 2000-01.
    Roby has been efficient offensively in the opening three games, averaging 7.7 points per game on 70 percent shooting, as he has taken just 10 shots. He is also 8-of-10 from the line and leads NU in steals (2.0 spg) while ranking third in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg).
    • His dunk on Wednesday against Seton Hall marked the fourth time he's had a top-10 play on SportsCenter during his career, including highlight dunks vs. Rutgers (2018) and at Indiana (2016).
    • Nebraska is 15-4 since moving Roby into the starting lineup midway through Big Ten play last season. Roby has all four of his career double-doubles in that stretch.
    HUSKERS LOOK TO CONTINUE BLOCK PARTY
    Nebraska's length has caused problems for opponents over the last two seasons. Last season, the Huskers were seventh nationally in blocked shots with 5.5 blocks per game and are currently 12th nationally with 7.3 blocks per game entering the Hall of Fame Classic.
    • Nebraska has had at least six blocked shots in each of the first three games. Currently, four Huskers are averaging at least 1.0 block per game.
    • Palmer blocked a career-high three shots in the win over MVSU on Nov. 6, while Isaac Copeland had three blocks in NU's win over Seton Hall on Nov. 14.
    • The 5.5 blocks per game in 2017-18 were the highest total since the 1996-97 team blocked a school-record 6.1 shots per game.
    • Nebraska returns a pair of players who averaged at least one block per game last year in Isaiah Roby (2.0 bpg) and Isaac Copeland (1.0 bpg). Roby’s 63 blocked shots were the most by a Husker since 2001.
    IT (DOUBLE) FIGURES
    Nebraska returns three double-figure scorers (James Palmer Jr., 17.2, Isaac Copeland Jr., 12.9 and Glynn Watson Jr. 10.5) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Eric Piatkowski, 14.3; Derrick Chandler, 12.3; Jamar Johnson, 11.2). Prior to last Tuesday, that was also the last season that Nebraska scored 100 or more points in an opener. During the 1992-93 season, the Huskers won 20 games and finished tied for second in the Big Eight Conference.
    • In Tim Miles' first six seasons, the Huskers returned a total of six double-figure scorers.
    • With the return of junior Isaiah Roby, Nebraska brings back its top-four scorers for the first time since 2003-04.
    FILLING UP PINNACLE BANK ARENA
    Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced on September 25 that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season. It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2018-19 season, including the Red Zone student section. Most of the available single-game tickets for the entire season have been sold as well.
    Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.
    PROTECTING THE VAULT
    The Huskers have been strong at protecting its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013-14.
    • NU has won its last 14 games at home following the 80-67 win over Seton Hall on Nov. 14. The 14-game win streak is the longest among power conference schools and sixth-longest home win streak nationally. It is NU's longest home win streak since winning 14 straight to open the 2010-11 campaign.
    • NU has posted a 62-24 (.721) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013. Against non-conference foes, NU is 34-7 in PBA (.829).
    • Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16. NU's .941 home winning percentage was the best since the 1982-83 campaign, while the 16 home wins was one shy of the school record.
    • Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play in 2017-18 and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season.




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    Nebraska freshman place-kicker Barret Pickering was named the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. It’s the second straight week a Husker has been honored by the conference after both senior running back Devine Ozigbo and freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez earned conference awards last week.

    The weekly award is the first of Pickering’s career, while he became the first Husker to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since Sam Foltz in 2015. Pickering accounted for all of Nebraska’s points in the Huskers’ 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. The Birmingham, Ala., native made three field goals, all in the fourth quarter. Pickering hit a career-long, game-winning 47-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. Pickering has made his last eight field goal attempts and is now 12-of-16 on the season.

    Pickering shares the honor with Michigan’s kicker Jake Moody. Other Big Ten Players of the Week include Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa (Co-Defensive Player of the Week), Minnesota’s Blake Cashman (Co-Defensive Player of the Week) and Maryland’s Anthony McFarland (Freshman of the Week).





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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team swept Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 in its final Big Ten road match of the season on Saturday night at University Gym.

    The Huskers (22-6, 13-5 Big Ten) won their sixth straight match, hitting .388 on the night. Nebraska had 49 kills and just nine attacking errors, marking the third time in the last five matches the Huskers have committed fewer than 10 attacking errors after doing so just three times previously all season.

    Mikaela Foecke paced the Big Red with 14 kills on .387 hitting. Lauren Stivrins had 11 kills without an error, hitting .524 for the match. Lexi Sun had eight kills with a .438 hitting percentage, her best as a Husker. She also had a match-high 16 digs and served two aces.

    NU held Indiana (16-13, 7-11 Big Ten) to a .216 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs to lead the defensive effort, and Stivrins had four blocks. Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills, and Jazz Sweet and Capri Davis each had four kills with just one error each. Nicklin Hames had 39 assists in the win.

    Indiana was led by Lexi Johnson's eight kills.

    Set 1: Four different Huskers had kills to spark NU to a 7-4 lead, but Indiana came back to tie the set at 8-8. Stivrins posted a kill and a service ace to put NU back in front, 10-8, and Sun added an ace before Foecke hammered a kill for a 14-10 lead. Foecke tallied three more kills during a 5-0 run to increase the Husker lead to 20-11. Sun and Stivrins continued the onslaught of kills to make it 23-12, and the Huskers won 25-13, posting 16 kills on .438 hitting in the opening set. NU finished the set on a 14-3 run.

    Set 2: Sun and Maloney served aces, and Schwarzenbach and Sweet tallied kills for a 5-3 Husker advantage early in the set. Indiana held a 10-9 lead before Schwarzenbach put down a left-handed kill and teamed up with Sweet for a block to make it 11-10 Huskers. With the score tied 13-13, Nebraska took charge with a 7-0 run. Sweet and Sun struck for back-to-back kills, and Hames dumped a shot to the corner before Sun dug a ball over for a kill. Foecke and Stivrins stuffed the next Hoosier attack, and Megan Miller served an ace. After Indiana hit into the net, Nebraska led 20-13 via the 7-0 run. The Huskers finished off the 25-19 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

    Set 3: Nebraska started off strong, taking a 6-2 lead with kills from Davis, Schwarzenbach and Foecke. Back-to-back kills by Sun made it 10-5, but Indiana rattled off a 4-0 spurt to get within 10-9. Davis earned sideout for the Huskers, and Foecke and Stivrins combined for five kills and teamed up for a block for a 17-11 lead. The Huskers closed out the sweep with a 25-19 win.

    Up Next: Nebraska finishes the regular season with two home matches next weekend. The Huskers host Ohio State on Friday and Maryland on Saturday, both at 7 p.m. on NET and the Husker Sports Network. Saturday's match will be Senior Day for Nebraska's three seniors - Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Brooke Smith.





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    Lincoln – Freshman Barret Pickering kicked three fourth-quarter field goals, including the game-winner with 5:13 remaining, and the Nebraska football team rallied for a 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium.

    Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten Conference) closed its home season by winning its final four home games, and won a football game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1937, a 3-0 victory over Kansas State.

    Senior running back Devine Ozigbo ran 18 times for 74 yards and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Ozigbo is the first Husker to have a 1,000-yard rushing season since Ameer Abdullah in 2014.

    Nebraska, facing the Big Ten Conference’s No. 1 rushing defense, finished with 103 rushing yards, including enough on its final series to run out the clock. Michigan State entered game the game allowed 76 rushing yards per game.

    Nebraska held Michigan State (6-5, 4-4) to 289 yards of total offense, and limited redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi to 15-of-41 passing for 146 yards. Senior safety Antonio Reed had seven tackles, including three for loss, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and an interception.

    Nebraska trailed 6-0 when a 19-yard kickoff return by freshman running back Maurice Washington and an ensuing personal foul penalty on Michigan State gave Nebraska the ball at its 45-yard line to begin its first scoring drive.

    Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, who finished 16-of-37 passing for 145 yards, hit senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 35-yard passing play to the Michigan State 20-yard line. Morgan caught four passes for 67 yards and became Nebraska’s all-time receptions leader with 182 career catches.

    But the Huskers gained only 1 yard on their next three plays, all passes, setting up fourth-and-9. Pickering picked up the Huskers by making a 36-yard field goal, cutting the Michigan State lead to 6-3 with 11:07 remaining.

    The Blackshirts came up huge on the Spartans’ ensuing series. Reed sacked Lombardi and forced a fumble that redshirted freshman defensive lineman Damion Daniels recovered at the Michigan State 20.

    A 15-yard run by Ozigbo set the Huskers up first-and-goal, but Nebraska was unable to find the end zone and settled for Pickering’s 20-yard field goal. That tied the game, 6-6, with 8:07 remaining.

    Reed then broke up a third-down pass on Michigan State’s next series, forcing a punt that gave Nebraska possession at their 47-yard line with 7:12 remaining. That set up Pickering’s 47-yard attempt to put Nebraska ahead for good.

    Nebraska’s defense then withheld two Michigan State drives into Nebraska territory, the last one ending in an incomplete fourth-down pass.

    Lombardi’s longest play was a 36-yard pass to running back Connor Heyward to the Nebraska 38-yard line on the Spartans’ second scoring drive of the game, in the third quarter.

    Then on third-and-long, Lombardi hit wide receiver Darrell Stewart for an 11-yard gain to the 10-yard line. But the Blackshirts rose up held the Spartans out of the end zone, and Matt Coughlin hit a 26-yard field goal with 12:13 remaining in the game to extend Michigan State’s lead 6-0.

    Michigan State led 3-0 at halftime.

    To begin the game, Nebraska received the opening kickoff and gained one first down before punting. That ended a streak of six straight games in which the Huskers had scored a touchdown on their opening possession when receiving the ball to start the game.

    Michigan State gained 50 yards on its first possession, with Heyward busting a 27-yard run up the middle to get the Spartans into Nebraska territory. They advanced to the 16 before senior safety Trey Neal stopped Heyward for no gain and senior linebacker Luke Gifford forced Lombardi into a third-down incompletion.

    That set up a 34-yard field goal by Coughlin that gave Michigan State a 3-0 lead with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter.

    Michigan State recovered its second fumble of the game with 13:49 in the second quarter and started at the 21 yard-line. But Nebraska’s defense stiffened and pushed the Spartans backward, and Coughlin’s 41-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 10:58 remaining before halftime.

    The Huskers drove from their 23-yard line to the Michigan State 33, but Martinez’s fourth-down pass with the wind sailed too high to an open Morgan with 6:54 remaining and fell incomplete to end the drive.

    Michigan State’s final drive of the first half ended when Reed intercepted a Hail Mary pass at the 1-yard line with 3 seconds remaining before halftime.

    Nebraska closes the season Friday at Iowa. The game is scheduled for 11 AM on FOX.





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    Scottsbluff, NE -  Western Nebraska Community College’s Jervay Green made it official on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA signing day, when the Cougar sophomore inked to continue his career at the University of Nebraska.

                    For Green, it is was a decision that he doesn’t regret as he sported the Big N Red hoodie when he signed his papers.

                    “I am very excited [to be an official Husker. I am blessed,” Green said in a signing ceremony Wednesday at Cougar Palace. “It is nice [to sign with Nebraska] and I just want to thank God for the opportunities he has given me. Thank you coach and my teammates for pushing me every day in practice, and I will keep pushing myself from here on out.”

                    Nebraska coach Tim Miles, in a press release, is excited to get a player the caliber of Green in his program for the next two years.

                    “Jervay is a big, strong guard who can make plays from both guard positions,” Miles said. “He is a beast. I am so thankful that he saw his future here because I think he is going to be a difference maker for us. He can guard and is putting up astounding numbers this season. I believe what he can do on junior college level is transferrable to our level and the Big Ten.”

                    Green definitely is putting up numbers for the Cougars this season. Green scored 44 points last week in a loss to the College of Southern Idaho. The 44 points is the most a Cougar has scored since Raul Delgado scored 45 in a win over Little Big Horn in 2011. His 44 points was also six points, or two 3-pointers, shy of breaking the school record of most points in a game. That record of 49 points, is held by Billy Stewart in 1965 and Eric Gore in 1990. Gore’s 49 points occurred at the national tournament against San Jacinto College.

                    Green has all the makings to rewrite the record book after what he did at George Washington High School in Denver.

                    This season Green is a third-team preseason All-American by Street’s and Smith magazine. He is 27.0 points a game on 52 percent shooting, while adding 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game through five games. As a freshman last season, Green averaged 14.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals a game. He finished the year scoring in double figures in 23 of the team’s last 24 games, including helping the Cougars to a Region IX title, the first title in 17 years for WNCC men’s basketball.

    While Green is leaving his mark on the hardwoods at WNCC, he achieved plenty of success at George Washington, breaking a school record that was held by NBA great Chauncey Billips of scoring 64 points in a game. At Denver's George Washington, Green averaged nearly 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for a team that went 25-3 and was the Class 5A runner-up as a senior. He scored over 1,000 points in high school.

    What Green wants the most is to be a champion as he represents winning as a positive trait. He left a mark at GW and he wants to do the same at WNCC and at Nebraska.

                    “At George Washington, we went to state but we lost. It was still big,” he said. “I came here my freshman year and we won Region IX and went to nationals. We didn’t get what we wanted, but we still went far. Now with Tim Miles I can’t wait to get there.”

                    Green said to accomplish those goals, it is important to stay focused for the season. Now, after signing with Nebraska, he can turn his attention to the goal of winning another regional title.

                    “It is a big plus because now I can focus on my teammates and helping the coach in whatever he needs and do what I need to do for my teammates,” Green said. “I want the national championship. The Region IX championship is cool, but I want the national championship. I have one more year to accomplish that.”

                    Green said his time at WNCC has been great and he wants to enjoy plenty of success.

                    “I love WNCC,” Green said. “The fans are great. My teammates are great. Coaches are great. We bump heads everyday but it is still good.”

                    WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Green’s game is special and he will fit in nicely at Nebraska.

                    “Jervay’s game is unique especially at the junior college level because a lot of times you have someone that just dominates the ball and doesn’t include teammates, and the moment we saw him play, we knew he wasn’t a selfish player,” Fehringer said. “We knew he wanted to pass the basketball. He made the other guys around him better. I think what is undervalued is his ability to defend, to anticipate and get the deflections and get steals and create offense going the other way. He has never been a rollercoaster for us. Whenever we are up 20 or down 20, he seems to play basketball. The first time I watched him practice at GW (George Washington High in Denver), the one thing I knew about him was he loved to be on the floor. His competitive spirit is hard to be matched. Often time’s kids are used to quitting but when you have a competitor with a great spirit that wants to win and is willing to do whatever it takes, those are the type of guys you want in the locker room.”

                    Green realizes he can’t get complacent with his game, he needs to continue to get better and that includes getting in the weight room, something he jokes about not doing.

                    “I have to work even harder than what I am doing right now,” Green said of going to Nebraska. “When I went on the visit, those dudes were big and I need to get bigger for sure. I just need to work on some little things.”

                    The biggest thing that Fehringer said of Green going to Nebraska is his loyalty to Nebraska and Colorado.

                    “The opportunity for Jervay to stay in the state of Nebraska beginning with his time in western Nebraska and then going to the other side of the state to Lincoln shows the positive relationship we have with the community now and how it extends to the University of Nebraska,” Fehringer said. “Now, we have a bigger reason to say ‘Go Big Red’ and cheer on Coach Miles and the Cornhuskers as we have one of our Western Nebraska Cougars go on to Nebraska. I think that is a special opportunity for this young man to play in and connect with states from Colorado to Nebraska and I think loyalty is a big part of his backbone. I think he showed loyalty for the state of Colorado and now he shows loyalty to the state of Nebraska. I don’t think that should be something that is overlooked from our community, our college, or the state.”




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    Lincoln -- James Palmer Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, as No. 25 (Coaches) Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 80-57 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

    Palmer shook off a slow start and shined in the second half, as his 3-pointer sparked the decisive 9-2 Husker run after Seton Hall pulled to within 44-42 with 13:32 remaining and helped build a nine-point lead, at 53-44, after a Thomas Allen 3-pointer.

    Seton Hall got to within 57-48 after a Michael Nzei basket with just under 10 minute remaining, but could not cut into the Husker lead in the last 10 minutes, as Nebraska stretched out the margin in the final few minutes.

    Behind the play of Palmer and fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Glynn Watson Jr. (14 points, eight assists), the Huskers outscored the Pirates 36-15 down the stretch to pick up their 14th straight win at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

    Nebraska shot 59 percent in the second half, while holding the Pirates to 33 percent shooting after halftime. On the night, NU kept Seton Hall (1-1) to 36 percent shooting, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range.

    Nebraska used 30 first-half points from Watson, Palmer and Copeland to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room.

    The Huskers shot just 28 percent in the first half, but hit four 3-pointer and went 9-of-10 from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes of action.

    The Huskers trailed in the early going before Watson keyed a 7-0 run, scoring five of his 10 first-half points in a 56 second spurt that gave NU a 12-7 lead.

    Seton Hall, behind 15 first-half points from Myles Powell, used a 6-0 run to pull within 20-18 with 4:41 left in the half before Palmer got the Big Red on track. The senior wing scored nine of his 11 points in an 11-4 Husker run as Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 31-22 with 2:16 before the break.

    Nebraska scored the first four points of the second half to build a 37-27 lead after an Copeland putback slam with 18:31 left and led 44-36 before Seton Hall scored six straight points, the last of which was a Nzei basket to pull within 44-42 before Palmer’s 3-pointer triggered the win.

    Powell led Seton Hall with 24 points, while Nzei added 13 and nine boards in a losing effort.

    The Huskers return to action Monday night, as they take on Missouri State in the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. Tipoff from the Sprint Center is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by ESPNU. Tickets are available for the matchup by visiting SprintCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com.





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    Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team worked out in full pads for two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center.

    Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice, crediting senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for his hard work and perseverance this season. Morgan had just 15 catches and no touchdowns in his first three games, but through the last four games, he’s caught 32 passes, including six for touchdowns.

    “[Stanley Morgan Jr. has] meant everything,” Walters said. “He’s kind of the standard of how we do things around here. He’s been excellent. He’s been awesome. [He] loves football. Every time he steps on the field, he’s passionate. He plays until the whistle. He sets the standard. We want all of the younger guys in that receiver room to watch him and to be like him. If you’re like him, you’re going to be successful, not only on the field but also off the field. Being a leader, setting the standards, setting the environment, the expectations, even when things were a little rocky and we weren’t playing as well, he never jumped shipped. He’s always had a positive attitude. I’m glad to see that his hard work and perseverance is paying off.”

    Walters also commented on how senior running back Devine Ozigbo and sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman are both approaching 1,000 yards this season and how that will not affect play calling.

    “We’re going to call the game to win, but we know those guys have to get touches,” Walters said. “We know those guys have to make plays. If we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, those records will come because those guys are going to have to make plays. Our offense kind of goes through those three guys, but, we’re not going to get out of our normal play calling mode just to set records. It’ll come if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”

    Walters discussed the excitement going into Saturday’s game and how they are ready to take on the challenge.

    “We’re playing at a high level,” Walters said. “Their defense is playing at a high level. It’s probably the best defense we’ve played since No. 4 Michigan. So, it’ll be a challenge in front of us to really see where we are as an offense. The guys have embraced that. They have the number one run defense in the country. That’s going to be a challenge. Our offensive line, they’re taking that challenge. They’re excited. We can’t wait to go out there Saturday and see what happens.”

    Walters also mentioned the status of wide receiver JD Spielman.

    “He’s been limited,” Walters said. “He’s been day-to day. The good thing about JD [Spielman] is that he knows the offense in and out. So, he doesn’t need a whole lot of practice time to stay sharp. So, we’ll make sure he’s healthy and we’ll just see.”

    Nebraska will continue preparations for Saturday’s game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium. The game will serve as Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage provided by FOX.





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