Huskers Top Cyclones in Closed Scrimmage
Lincoln – James Palmer Jr. had 23 points to lead three Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska topped Iowa State, 92-84, in a closed scrimmage at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Palmer led all scorers with 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Glynn Watson Jr. had 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, three assists and three steals, while Jack McVeigh came off the bench with 17 points, including 15 in the first half.
McVeigh was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, as Nebraska shot 52 percent from the field, including 10-of-19 from 3-point range.
Nebraska, which led 43-34 at the break behind 15 first-half points from McVeigh, built a 10-point lead, only to see the Cyclones rally back in the second half.
Iowa State led 68-62 with just under 10 minutes remaining, but Nebraska took control with an 11-0 spurt, regaining the lead for good at 71-68 after a 3-point play from freshman Thomas Allen with 7:42 remaining.
ISU stayed within striking distance and was within 85-82 before Palmer and Watson combined for seven straight points to give the Huskers a 10-point cushion. Watson’s 3-pointer was the dagger, stretching the Husker lead to 90-82 with 46 seconds remaining. Nebraska went 15-of-16 from the foul line in the final 20 minutes and went 24-of-29 from the foul line.
Donovan Jackson led five Iowa State players in double figures with 20 points, as the Cyclones shot 59 percent, but committed 15 turnovers and was out-rebounded 30-23.
Fans will have their first chance to see the 2017-18 Huskers on Thursday Night with the Husker Hoops Preview at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The live practice starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Huskers will scrimmage at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and a team autograph session will follow the scrimmage.
Nebraska’s final exhibition game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7, against Northwood (Mich.) with tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena set for 7 p.m.