Nebraska routs No. 23 MI, 72-52


The Wolverines trailed 32-21 at halftime and went on to lose to Nebraska, 72-52, on Thursday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the win, the Huskers improve to 14-7 on the season and 5-3 in Big Ten Conference play, and they now hold an invaluable signature victory on their NCAA Tournament resume.

James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 19 points, and Isaiah Roby sparked the Huskers to their first win over MI since joining the Big Ten with a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

The victory ended a 10-game losing streak in the series for Nebraska and marked the Cornhuskers' first victory over MI since December 12, 1964.

MI would pull within eight, 33-25, early in the second half. The team also went 5-of-11 from three-point range, as MI went 4-of-18.

Jordan Poole's dunk with 8:40 remaining made it a 12-point game at 51-39 but Palmer answered with two free throws and a 3-pointer. Roby got it started with a layup and Gill finished it off with a 3-pointer.

It was a frustrating finish for the Wolverines that followed a dismal beginning as they were out of sorts from the tip and committed nine turnovers in the first half.

After making the first push with an 8-0 run to take an 18-12 lead, the Huskers just kept on going and eventually made it an 18-4 rally to take their biggest advantage of the half on a layup by Isaac Copeland with 4:11 to go. MI set the arena record for points by an opponent and matched the arena record with 14 made 13-pointers in that game.

MI went on to miss its next eight shots and endured a six-minute scoring drought before Matthews made two free throws to cut the deficit to 24-16 at the 5:05 mark.

Copeland scored 10 first-half points, lifting Nebraska to a 32-21 lead at the break.

The Wolverines couldn't make much headway in the second half.

As it turned out, walk-on guard Malcolm Laws' two points equaled that of Michigan's Moritz Wagner, UM's leading scorer coming in at 14.9 points per game.

Tshimanga, who missed the last two games for personal reasons, entered the game in the middle of the first half. It was Wagner's least productive outing in 52 games since he finished with two points at SC last season. MI struggled throughout the game to dial it in from 3-point range and shot a season-low 22.2 percent (4-for-18) from beyond the arc. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added nine points but shot 3-for-11 from the field. MI had come back to win each of its previous two games, despite the early deficits.

Nebraska shot 55.3 percent (26-for-47) from the field while MI shot 37.5 percent (21-for-56).



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