It was a slow start with poor shooting for both teams but the Huskers came back strong in the second half to beat Northwestern 70-55. This breaks a four-game win streak in favor of the Wildcats.
If anything, this game showed what the Huskers could be like the rest of the season. We have seen glimpses of greatness off and on this year, but nothing that was terribly substantial. This win against Northwestern showed a team that had the confidence and determination to take a bad lead and make something out of it.
The first half both teams traded missed shot after missed shot. It was a war of attrition and neither was shooting better than 30% from the floor. Enough big shots went down for the Wildcats who led 30-25 at the half. No one on the Husker squad was shooting particularly well and there were only 5 points off the bench in the opening half.
The second half started out just about as slow as the first but the Huskers seemed to have the spark that Northwestern needed to keep the lead. The Wildcats kept struggling while Nebraska started making shots and pulling down rebounds to eventually take the lead and dominate to a 15 point win.
The Huskers Were lead by veteran point guard Glynn Watson Jr. who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists on the night. It was a big game for a player who has come out of a couple of rough games only scoring 2 points against Delaware State and 1 point against Stetson before the new year.
James Palmer Jr. started slow but found the groove down the stretch. He ended the night with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Isaac Copeland also finished strong and with some attitude on the floor. The forward had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
.@Isaac_CurlJuice's Twitter handle has never fit him better.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 3, 2018
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The bench, which has been a nice asset for the team over the past few games, also had a rough start. However, they ended the night nicely with 18 total points with major contributions from Anton Gill who had 7 points and 2 steals and Tanner Borchardt who had 4 points and 2 blocks. Another nice game for the Gothenburg native who just received his scholarship over the winter break.
The Huskers head to West Lafayette on Saturday, January 6th to take on the #13 Boilermakers at 1:15pm CST. The game will be televised on BTN.