Nebraska came out hot but was cooled off by a stifling Texas Tech defense in a 52-70 loss to the Red Raiders in Kansas City on Tuesday night.
The Huskers came into the Hall of Fame Classic championship game with high hopes but were stuffed into a hole that they couldn’t shoot their way out of. Poor shooting, and an aggressive opponent defense, and foul trouble early on sent the Huskers home with a loss.
Nebraska started out strong, in fact very strong and had a 9 point lead early on. Unfortunately for them the Red Raiders found their stride and came back by the end of the first half to take the lead.
The Huskers shot a dismal 34% from the floor which did not do them much good considering they could not get in the paint for any amount of reasonable rebounding. Texas Tech proved that they still have the strong defense that brought them to the Elite Eight last season. They won the rebounding battle too with 38 to Nebraska’s 27.
Texas Tech forwards Tariq Owens dominated the boards with 8 rebounds along with 6 from Jarrett Culver. Another major factor was the bench. The Red Raider reserves accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the win. This while the Husker bench only 3 points and 4 rebounds. A huge difference that played a major factor in the game.
Nebraska was led by Issac Copeland Jr. who had 20 points and 8 rebounds. He was followed by James Palmer Jr. who had 13 points and just 2 rebounds. The Senior was hamstrung early on with four fouls just 5 minutes into the second half and only accounted for 27 total minutes before getting his fifth and final foul of the night.
Nebraska heads home to take on Western Illinois this Saturday, November 24th at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 1:00 pm CST.