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Nebraska Basketball: Knights 68 Huskers 59

A rough first half doomed the Huskers

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at St. John Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Huskers came out competitive but a scoring drought in the first half doomed the big red in the end. The Huskers lost to UCF 68-59 in the Advocare Invitiational in Orlando on Thanksgiving.

The almost 8 minute drought in the first half gave the Knights just enough of a cushion to keep the lead through the game. The 19-0 run from UCF was just too much for the big red to overcome. Nebraska shot just 20% in the first and ended shooting just 35%.

The second half was better for Nebraska but not enough to win the game. At one point the Huskers pulled within 10 points of UCF.

The Knights on the other hand had a very strong game, ending the night shooting 51% from the floor and 44% from beyond the arch.

Nebraska was lead by James Palmer Jr. who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. 20 of those points were in the second half. He was 8 of 13 from the floor on the night. Glynn Watson Jr. was behind James with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steels.

The bench, a source of productivity through the first 4 games of the season, were almost nowhere to be seen. Anton Gill was the only one to score with 5 points.

Nebraska plays Mercer who lost to West Virginia last night in the Advocare Invitational at 6:00 pm on Friday. Hopefully they can pull it together enough to beat Mercer who is 0-4 on the season.