Huskers Battle Long Beach State on Sunday
GAME 7: vs. LONG BEACH STATE
LONG BEACH STATE 49ERS
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Nebraska looks to wrap up the road trip with its second straight win, as the Huskers take on Long Beach State in the fifth-place game of the AdvoCare Invitational Sunday afternoon.
Tipoff from the HP Field House between the Huskers and Red Foxes will take place at 1 p.m. (central) or 20 minutes following the conclusion of the St. John's UCF game that begins at 11 a.m. (CT).
Fans can watch all of the action, as Sunday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Morgan and Tim Welsh on the call. The game can also be seen on the ESPN app on mobile devices, including Apple TV.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.
The Huskers (4-2) turned their best shooting performance of the season in Friday's 84-59 win over Marist. The Huskers shot a season-high 56.7 percent, including 11-of-24 from 3-point range, and put for players in double figures.
Anton Gill shared team-high honors for Nebraska with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. The senior guard, who missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury suffered on Christmas night, has been a spark for the Huskers. In his four games since returning to the lineup after a groin injury, Gill is averaging 11.3 points per game. He leads the Huskers in 3-pointers with 11 and 3-point percentage (.550). He has more 3-pointers this year than in 12 games last year, and set career bests in two of his last three contests.
Long Beach State (3-3) avenged an earlier loss to Oregon State, knocking off the Beavers 74-59 on Friday after falling to OSU 89-81 in Corvallis on Nov. 18. Deishaun Booker led LBSU with 14 points, 12 assists and five rebounds, while Gabe Levin had 14 points and five boards. Oregon State led 53-47 before the 49ers went on an 11-2 run to take control.
After Sunday's game, the Huskers will head back to Lincoln to begin preparations for a busy week that includes a Wednesday matchup with Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and the Big Ten opener against No. 4 Michigan State next Sunday.
23- Glynn Watson had five of Nebraska's 23 assists in the win over Marist. The 23 assists was the most by a Husker team since 2011. In the AdvoCare Invitational, Watson has a 12-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.889 - Nebraska is 24-3 under Tim Miles when scoring at least 80 points. The Huskers are 3-0 when reaching the 80-point plateau this season.
.905 - Under Tim Miles, Nebraska is 19-2 when recording 15 or more assists in a game. The Huskers had 23 assists against Marist.
3 - Number of Huskers with 20-point games through the first six contests (James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland).
10 - Rebounds for Jordy Tshimanga against UCF, marking his third double-figure rebounding performance of his career.
10.5 - NU got to the foul line just 21 times in the two games at the AdvoCare invitation after averaging 31.5 free throw attempts in the first four games.
99 - Glynn Watson Jr. comes into Sunday's game with 99 career steals. He has averaged 2.5 steals per game at the AdvoCare Invitational.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State comes into Sunday's game with a 3-3 record after knocking off Oregon State 74-69 on Friday afternoon. Dan Monson is in his 11th season as the head coach of Long Beach State after serving as head coach at Gonzaga and Minnesota. He has coached 11 teams to the NCAA or NIT, including his Gonzaga club that reached the Elite Eight in 1999.
The 49ers, who snapped a three-game losing streak, have played a challenging non-conference slate, as the Nebraska game will be their fifth of six straight games against Power Five conference foes. LBSU lost to Missouri in the opening round before extracting revenge on an earlier loss to Oregon State. On the season, senior forward Gabe Levin leads the 49ers in both scoring (14.0) and rebounding (8.3). Graduate transfer Bryan Alberts, who was a member of Gonzaga's NCAA runner-up team last season, is averaging 13.5 points per game and leads the team with 18 3-pointers. Barry Ogalue is the third LBSU player in double figures, averaging 11.3 ppg, while the 49ers regained the services of forward Temidayo Yussuf, who missed the first four games of the season after an injury. Yussuf, who averaged 9.4 points on 53 percent shooting and 4.6 rebounds per game, had nine points and seven rebounds off the bench against Oregon State.
LAST TIME OUT
Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland had 17 points apiece, as Nebraska enjoyed its best shooting night of the season in an 84-59 win over Marist Friday evening at the AdvoCare Invitational.
Gill and Copeland led a balanced attack that saw NU put four plays in double figures, as Nebraska shot 56.7 percent from the foor, including a season-high 11 3-pointers.
Gill totaled 14 of his career-high 17 points in the first half, as he went 6-of-8 from the field on the evening, including a career-high five 3-pointers. Copeland tallied 14 of his 17 points in the second half, as he was 8-of-12 from the field.
Nebraska had exceptional ball movement, dishing out 23 assists, which was the highest total by the Huskers in seven years. Glynn Watson and Evan Taylor had five assists apiece, as the Huskers put 10 players in the scoring column to improve to 4-2 on the season.
James Palmer Jr. and Taylor also finished in double figures, finishing with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
MOLINARI AND MONSON ARE FAMILIAR FOES
Nebraska assistant coach Jim Molinari spent two-plus seasons as an assistant to Dan Monson at Minnesota, helping the Gophers to 21 wins and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005 and an NIT showing in 2006. Molinari took over as the interim coach for the remainder of the 2006-07 season after Monson's resignation.
*-Glynn Watson Jr. has quietly put together a solid AdvoCare Invitational, as he enters Sunday game averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. The junior needs one steal to reach 100 for his career and is five points away from moving into 52nd on NU's scoring list (Stan Cloudy, 775). Watson is also 23 points away from 50th on NU's career scoring list (Brandon Richardson, 794).
*-James Palmer Jr. has been in double figures in five of NU's six games in his first season at NU and leads the Huskers in scoring at 14.7 ppg. In his two seasons at Miami, Palmer reached double figures just six times in 72 career games. In the two games this week, he is averaging a team-high 18.5 ppg while shooting 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range.
*-Junior transfer Isaac Copeland is finding his range in recent games. Copeland is averaging 18.3 points per game on 64 percent shooting in that stretch. Copeland missed nearly six months of practice after a back injury before arriving at Nebraska.The 6-foot-9 forward is also averaging 6.0 rebounds per game in that span.
*-Nebraska is averaging 6.5 blocked shots per game to rank 16th nationally entering Saturday and has blocked five or more shots in all six games in 2017-18. Sophomore Isaiah Roby leads NU with 2.2 blocks per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten, while Isaac Copeland is ninth at 1.5 per contest.
*-Senior center Duby Okeke is sixth among all active Division I players in blocked shots with 173. He is averaging 1.3 blocks per game while averaging 9.3 minutes a contest. Okeke celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday.
*-Nebraska has held five of its six opponents to under 45 percent shooting, including three foes to under 40 percent shooting. When the Huskers hold opponents to 40 percent shooting or less, they have won 75 percent of their games under Tim Miles.
*-Nebraska currently has four players averaging double figures and a fifth at 9.7 points per game. The last time NU had more than three double-figure scorers in a season was in 1993-94, when future NBA pros Eric Piatkowski and Erick Strickland highlighted five double-figure scorers for the Big Red.
*-Nebraska is averaging 22.3 points per game from its bench. Against UCF, the Huskers got a season-low five points off the bench before scoring 30 against Marist. The Huskers have gotten 30 or more bench points in three of their first six contests.
*-Isaiah Roby is averaging 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.8 assists per game while averaging just under 20 minutes per game. Roby had six points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. Marist.