Exhibition games are meant to get the cobwebs out before the regular season starts and that’s just what Nebraska did in their 80-62 win against the Division II Northwood University Timberwolves.
The big red was without three of their top players as Anton Gill, Glynn Watson Jr., and Isaiah Roby sat out the game. Watson sat out with an irritated bursa sac in his knee. Gill sat out with a sore hip and knee while Roby sat to rest an injured finger.
All three were missed early on as Nebraska came out flat with the Timberwolves leading for a good portion of the first half. The Huskers were only up by two and the end of the first with a score of 35-33.
Second half was a different story. Nebraska came out hot and went on a 10-4 run and never looked back. Whatever needed to be adjusted at half worked and the Timberwolves were left in the dust.
The Husker were lead by guard James Pamer Jr. who had 27 points and 4 assists ont he night. Next to him was Thomas Allen who started in place of Watson. The freshman cam out hot and came through in place of Nebraska's veteran leader with 18 points, 4 assists, and 1 steal.
Issac Copeland rounded out the double digits scorers with 12 points and 3 steals against the Timberwolves.
While it would have been nice to have Watson, Gill, and Roby in the game it was good to have the younger players get a chance to show what they can do in a live game setting. All three newcomers I mentioned above; Palmer, Allen, and Copeland should see ample planing time as the season goes on.
The regular season starts for the Big Red in Lincoln on Saturday at 7:30pm.