Huskers keep rolling with team scoring effort against Gophers

Huskers keep rolling with team scoring effort against Gophers

 

Sophomore forward Isaiah Roby (15) scored a career-high 19 points in Nebraska’s 91-85 win at Minnesota on Tuesday night. Photo by Kenny Larabee.

 

By Tommy Rezac

Sophomore forward Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 19 points and all five Husker starters reached double figures as the Nebraska (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) won its third straight road game with a 91-85 victory over Minnesota (14-12, 3-10 Big Ten) on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

Roby hit 8-of-10 shots from the field and narrowly missed a double-double by grabbing eight rebounds. Junior guard James Palmer Jr. narrowly missed a triple-double as he battled foul trouble to add 19 points, seven rebounds and a career-high nine assists.

Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland Jr. each scored 12 points, while Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 10.

“So many different guys made plays,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a post game interview on the Husker Sports Network. “Palmer gets in foul trouble, he’s been a go-to guy for us, and Evan (Taylor) has a stick-back or a (bucket) in transition, or a huge three. Roby was all over the place.”

Taylor finished with seven points and six rebounds. Eight Huskers scored at least six points. Gill said having eight days of rest was helpful for this team.

“We got some much needed rest,” Gill said. “A lot of people got their legs back. Once we got in the flow of things, you saw we really got it going in the first half. (Minnesota) is a tough team, they play hard, and road wins are always big, so we’re happy to get that.”

Nebraska shot 50.8 percent from the field and was 11-of-23 from the three-point line. The Huskers hit 8-of-12 from distance in the first half. Nebraska was also 18-of-22 on free throws.

The Huskers’ 91 points were the most in a conference road game since 1999. The win was Nebraska’s first at Williams Arena since December 2003.

“I was just happy for the guys,” Miles said. “It was our fourth Big Ten road win. I think there’s one team all-time that’s been left out of the NCAA (tournament) that’s been left out with that (record), so that’s a great indicator.”

The Huskers notched their sixth win in seven games, and they remain in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with a 9-4 mark in conference play. Northwestern’s  61-52 win over No. 20 Michigan on Tuesday helped Nebraska take sole possession of fourth place.

Nebraska returns home to host Rutgers on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Huskers play four of their final five games at home. The Scarlet Knights (12-14, 2-11 Big Ten) have lost six straight games and eight of their last nine.

“(Rutgers) is a physical team,” Miles said. “They played Purdue down to the hill (78-76), they played Michigan State twice right down to the final buzzer (62-52, 76-72 OT), so we’ve got to come out and do what we do.”

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