Huskers Host Hornets in Holiday Tilt
GAME 14: vs. DELAWARE STATE
DELAWARE STATE HORNETS
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Nebraska continues its homestand on Friday night, as the Huskers host the Delaware State Hornets at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available for the matchup for as little as $7 by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling 800-8-BIGRED. As part of the holiday break, Red Zone seats are also available for purchase for each of the remaining holiday break games (Dec. 22 and Dec. 29) for $20 apiece. As part of Friday's pregame, Herbie Claus will be available for photos on the main concourse.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison 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.
Friday's game will also be streamed online on BTN Plus and FloHoops.com using the Husker Sports Network broadcast feed. A subscription is required for both BTN Plus and Flohoops.
Nebraska (8-5) comes off a thrilling 104-94 win over UTSA on Wednesday evening. The Huskers went over the 100-point mark for the first time in 12 years and relied on their depth to pull away down the stretch. NU used an 18-5 spurt in the final four minutes after UTSA deadlocked the score at 86-all. James Palmer Jr., Anton Gill and Evan Taylor all posted career highs for the Huskers, who shot 51 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3-point range and got to the line 50 times against the Roadrunners.
Palmer did most of his damage from the foul line, hitting 13-of-17 from the charity stripe as part of his 25-point performance. The junior guard also grabbed seven rebounds in the win. Gill, who came off the bench, hit four 3-pointers as part of his 21-point night, played a critical role down the stretch as he scored six straight points in a 9-0 run to break the 86-all tie. Taylor continued to be a steadying force, chipping in 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, as NU committed just seven turnovers in the win.
Delaware State has played better of late despite its 2-11 record. The Hornets lost to Pitt by just six points on Tuesday after taking Delaware to overtime in its previous game.
19 - Wednesday's game marked the 19th time under Tim Miles that Nebraska had multiple 20-point scorers (James Palmer 25; Anton Gill 21). NU is 14-5 under Miles when two Huskers score 20+ points in a game.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.883 - Nebraska is 91-12 in its last 101 home non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2006-07 campaign. The Huskers are 28-7 (.800) since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14.
1 - Anton Gill is the only player in the Big Ten averaging double figures (10.2 ppg) who has not started a game this season. Gill also leads the Huskers with 24 3-pointers
11 - Nebraska's 11 3-pointers against UTSA marked the third time this season NU hit 10-or-more 3-pointers in a game.
40 - Nebraska's 104-point effort vs. UTSA was the 40th 100-point game in school history and first since 2005. NU is now 36-4 all-time when scoring 100 or more points.
50 - Nebraska's 50 free throws and 37 attempts were highs in the Tim Miles era. NU also had 37 free throws against Penn State on Feb. 20, 2014, while the Huskers' 50 attempts eclipsed the previous high of 48 set in that same game.
SCOUTING DELAWARE STATE
Delaware State enters Friday with a 2-11 record on the season following a 74-68 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Fifth-year head coach Keith Walker’s Hornets have lost seven straight games, but have made strides in their last two games, as they took ACC foe Pitt to a six-point game and in-state rival Delaware to overtime in a 68-59 defeat. DSU owns wins this season over Cairn in the season opener and Georgian Court in late November. The Hornets, who compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are led in scoring by Kobe Gantz, who averages 13.5 points per game, but Gantz has not played since Nov. 25 after sustaining a knee injury. Center Simon Okolue holds down the Hornet frontcourt with an average of 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Forward Kavon Waller led the Hornets in the Pitt game with 17 points, while guard Pinky Wiley added 16 points and seven assists. The Hornets bring an aggressive defense to Lincoln, as DSU ranks 57th in the country with 92 total steals through 13 games, led by Wiley who averages 1.8 steals per game.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Delaware State, 4-0, with a 75-60 win the teams’ last meeting on Nov. 19, 2015, led by a pair of 20-point performances from Shavon Shields and Andrew White III. The Huskers also took decisions over the Hornets in Lincoln in 1994, 1995 and 2003. Nebraska is 24-0 all-time against MEAC teams.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind career highs from James Palmer Jr. and Anton Gill, Nebraska cracked the 100-point barrier for the first time in 12 seasons, posting a 104-94 win over UTSA Wednesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Palmer finished with a team-high 25 points, including 13-of-17 from the foul line, while Gill came off the bench for 21 points, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, as Nebraska shot 51 percent from the field and got the foul line a season-high 50 times.
Gill and Palmer keyed a decisive run combining for all 11 points in an 11-2 run that broke an 86-all deadlock. Gill’s 3-pointer with 4:00 left put NU ahead for good while he added three free throws at the 3:21 mark to stretch to the lead to six. Palmer then hit a jumper before adding a free throw to cap a 9-0 spurt that helped give NU some breathing room.
Nebraska (8-5) put five players in double figures, as Evan Taylor had 16 points and four assists, while Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby added 13 and 10 markers, respectively.
Nebraska needed the performance, as UTSA went 15-of-31 from long range and put five players in double figures. Jhivvan Jackson led all scorers with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, while Deon Lyle added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range before fouling out.
ABOUT THE HUSKERS
*- Nebraska comes into Friday's game with a 7-5 record with all four losses coming to teams in the top 55 of the RPI. Nebraska has played seven games against teams in the top 100 of the RPI. If Nebraska can win it last two non-conference games, it will match its highest non-conference win total since joining the Big Ten.
*- The Huskers are averaging 75.5 points per game entering Friday's contest, the highest scoring mark through 13 games since the 1995-96 averaged 89.5 points per game in that stretch. The Huskers are 8-1 when scoring at least 70 points, including five games of at least 80 points.
*- Nebraska's biggest strength has been a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures, led by James Palmer Jr., who averages a team-high 15.0 points per game. Eight Huskers have reached double figures while four players have enjoyed 20-point outings.
*- Junior Glynn Watson Jr. is in his third season guiding the Husker offense and is among NU's leaders in both scoring (13.6 ppg, second), assists (3.5, first) and steals (1.8, first). The 6-foot guard will make his team-high 59th career start on Friday and has a career best 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio this season.
*- Nebraska has been getting strong performance from its bench throughout the season. While Gill leads all Big Ten reserves at 10.2 points per game. Isaiah Roby averages 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Since returning from an ankle injury five games ago, Roby is averaging 7.8 points per game on 64 percent shooting, including 44 percent from 3-point range.