Tim Miles and crew could have taken it easy on his old team from Minnesota but they did not. Nebraska’s starters had some decent rest while the bench caught up on their minutes for the year during the last days of December.
Instead of coming out flat during Christmas break the Huskers handed Southwest Minnesota State a sound 79-38 loss in Lincoln on Saturday night. Nebraska started the game off with a 12-0 run before the Mustangs finally appeared on the scoreboard after almost 5 minutes of gameplay had gone by.
From there the Huskers had a hard time finding the basket against the Mustang defense but woke up by the end of the first half for a huge 18-3 run. They went into the locker room with a 37-18 lead. The second half was more of the same from Nebraska where they pushed the lead further out of Southwest Minnesota State’s grasp. The talent difference between the two teams was just too much to overcome.
Issac Roby sat out with a groin injury sustained earlier in the week during practice. However he was not needed in Nebraska’s win over Division II Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon. Senior Taner Borchardt filled Roby’s position well finishing the night with 4 points and a career high 9 rebounds against the Mustangs.
James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. both ended the day with 16 points a piece while forward Issac Copeland Jr.. had 12. The Nebraska bench saw plenty of playing time in this matchup with Brady Heiman, Nana Akenten, and Thor Thorbjarnarson all seeing double digit playing time.
The win was a nice ending to the year for the Huskers while the Mustangs head back north with a nice $30,000 check for playing.
Nebraska gave Southwest Minnesota State $30,000 to play in this game.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) December 29, 2018
"That's a lot of money for us," SMSU head coach Brad Bigler said.
They're using the money to renovate locker rooms.
Nebraska heads to Maryland to start Big Ten play on Wednesday this week.