It wasn’t the prettiest game in the long history of the Big Ten. It probably wasn’t the prettiest game of the hour to be honest. It was rough, for a lot of the game. No matter how you viewed it, Nebraska pulled off the win against Rutgers 60-54.
This Nebraska-Rutgers game is precisely what Jim Delany envisioned when he expanded the Big Ten. Precisely.— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) January 25, 2018
Neither team is known for their offense and tonight no one was going to accuse either of having much of one. The Huskers ended the night shooting 39% from the floor while Rutgers pulled off enough offensively to go 34%.
The lead went back and fourth for most of the game. It wasn’t until the last fifteen minutes that the Huskers took the lead and didn’t let it go. No matter how close Rutgers came to regaining the lead. Their struggle to score from anywhere on the court doomed their chances in the long run.
Leading the Huskers with a big game was Isaac Copeland who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. A big game on a night where the Huskers were having a hard time finding the basket early on.
While Copeland lead the team, it was Glynn Watson Jr. whose heroics helped seal the win in the end. The junior guard, who is coming off a three game slump, broke through in the last half of the game. He finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists on the night. His last minute shooting and defense pushed the Huskers to a nice 6 point lead to end the game.
That's a @HuskerHoops W!— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) January 25, 2018
And this @Glynn_Watson30 bucket helped seal it late over Rutgers: pic.twitter.com/st5WSRuHOQ
James Palmer Jr. had another great game putting up 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists on the night. Most of those points were scored in the first half of the game. He went dry as the game went on, making the rest of the team step up.
The win gives the Huskers a 15-8 record on the season and 6-4 in conference play. While Rutgers isn’t the best team in the Big Ten it is still a nice road win for Nebraska.
The Huskers return home to take on Iowa this Saturday at 6pm.
Nebraska should be proud of that win. Really proud. I really liked demeanor of the players -- all of them, really. Yeah, it was sort of ugly. You can pick apart some areas. But the Huskers beat a tough defensive team on the road. Bottom line, don't overthink it.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) January 25, 2018