If the Husker’s season wasn’t already over, it ended Tuesday night. A listless Nebraska team was handed their most lopsided defeat of the season in a nearly empty Bryce Jordan Center. Since they joined the Big 10, Nebraska has only won once on Penn State’s home floor.
Penn State had the edge in every statistical category. They had the higher field goal percentage. They won the rebounding margin. They had a higher free throw percentage. They had more bench points, second chance points, points in the paint, and fast break points. They had more blocks, more steals, and more assists. In short, the Nittany Lions outhustled and outworked Nebraska in every way conceivable.
“We didn’t play hard enough, obviously,” Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles said. “One of the words the guys used was ‘lackadaisical.’”
The pair of three balls the Huskers hit to start the second half to cut down the Nittany Lion’s lead to 14 was one of the few bright spots of the evening for NU. Although Isaiah Roby did have solid numbers, going 8-10 from the floor for 17 points and James Palmer Jr. scored 24, it was inconsequential on the game’s outcome.
Lamar Stevens and Rasir Bolton did do damage, however. They scored 29 and 21, respectively. They combined for five three pointers on the evening. In total, the Husker’s surrendered 11 threes, as Penn State shot 50% from downtown.
“We weren’t playing off Lamar Stevens. We weren’t playing off Bolton (but) we were still late for some closeouts,” Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles said.
Penn State, at the bottom of the Big 10 standings, defeated Nebraska 95-71. The Huskers are now 5-11 in conference play and 15-12 overall.
When Purdue comes into town on Saturday, Nebraska will be playing for pride. That is, if they have any left.
(Photo – Kenny Larabee)