Palmer scores 28, Nebraska rallies past Wisconsin 74-63

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- James Palmer Jr. scored 28 points and keyed a second-half comeback, as Nebraska rallied for a 74-63 victory over Wisconsin on Monday night.

The Cornhuskers trailed by double digits midway through the second half but held the Badgers to just eight points over the final nine minutes to extend their winning streak to three games.

A spinning, one-handed dunk by Khalil Iverson gave Wisconsin a 55-44 advantage, but the Cornhuskers answered with 10 straight points to pull within 55-54 with 7:28 to play and continued rolling.

Palmer Jr. scored 16 points during a 30-8 Nebraska run to close the game, including a layup that gave the Cornhuskers their first lead of the second half with 4:35 remaining.

Isaac Copeland added 17 points and Glynn Watson Jr. had 15 for Nebraska (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten).

After trailing the majority of the first half, Nebraska went on a 9-1 run to take a 30-29 lead on a pair of free throws by Palmer with 1:13 left in the first half.

But Ethan Happ scored the final three points of the half, including a layup just before the buzzer, to give the Badgers a 32-30 halftime advantage.

Happ led Wisconsin (10-13, 3-7) with 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Iverson added 13 points and five rebounds.

BIG PICTURE
Nebraska: The second-half comeback was big for a Cornhuskers team gaining momentum toward its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2014. Nebraska now has won three straight and 10 of 13.

Wisconsin: A disappointing season continues for the Badgers, as Wisconsin let a win slip through its fingers and lost for the third consecutive game.

UP NEXT
Nebraska will have the rest of the week off from game action before playing at Minnesota on Feb. 6.
Wisconsin hosts Northwestern on Thursday. The Badgers and Wildcats will meet twice over the final four weeks of the regular season.

Notes
*-James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 28 points, his seventh 20-point game this season. He has scored 28 or more in three of the last four games. He has been in double figures in 23 of 25 games.
*-Nebraska overcame an 11-point deficit, its largest of the season (seven at Northwestern). It is the seventh time Nebraska has overcome a double-figure deficit in a win. The last one was an 11-point deficit at Ohio State last season
*-With the win, Nebraska improved to 8-4 in Big Ten play, its best conference record after 12 games since 1998-99, when NU opened Big 12 play with a 9-3 record.
*- Nebraska earned its first win in Madison since a 75-63 win on Dec. 11, 1990, snapping a four-game losing streak in Madison.
*-Nebraska’s six turnovers is its second-lowest of the season (5 at Michigan State)
*-Nebraska went 24-28 from the foul line, as its 85.7 percent shooting was its second-best total of the season (15-17 at Northwestern).