Nebraska cruises to 85-68 win over Delaware State

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- James Palmer Jr. had 18 points and Nebraska opened up a 19-point lead midway through the first half and turned back a second half Delaware State surge to take an 85-68 win Friday.

Nebraska (9-5) ran off 14 straight to go up 20-6 on Thomas Allen's layup with 12:56 left in the opening half, and stretched that to 28-9 over the next four minutes.

A 10-2 flurry by Delaware State (2-12) cut the Nebraska lead to 11 on Kavon Waller's 3 pointer with 6;34 left in the half. But the Huskers scored eight straight to go back up 19. Nebraska, which hit 60 percent of its shots in the half, led 42-26 at intermission.

Delaware State trailed by 21 when it put together an 11-1 run to cut the Nebraska lead to 59-48 on Demola Onifade's basket with 10:35 left in the game. Anton Gill's 3-pointer two minutes later put Nebraska back up by 15 and Palmer's layup with 6:17 left gave Nebraska a 71-50 lead.

Gill and Thomas Allen each had 14 points for Nebraska, Isaac Copeland had 11 points.

Waller had 16 points to lead Delaware State. Simon Okolue and Artem Tavakalyan had 13 points each and Pinky Wiley had 12 points.

Nebraska: The Huskers were averaging 75.5 points per game entering Friday's contest, the highest scoring mark for a Nebraska team through 13 games since the 1995-96 season. Nebraska has scored more than 80 points in six of its 14 games.

Delaware State: The Hornets have been mired in a season-long shooting slump. Delaware State shot just 39.5 percent from the field through its first 13 games. The Hornets hit 37.8 percent of their shots in the first half Thursday, then made 51 percent of their shots in the second period.

Nebraska hosts Stetson on Dec. 29, ending non-conference play. The Huskers will resume Big Ten play at Northwestern Jan. 2
Delaware State travels to Penn for its final non-conference game. The Hornets will open MEAC play Jan. 3 against NC Central.

Nebraska Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska shot 51.7 percent, marking the second-straight game NU shot over 50 percent from the field. It is the first time in 2017-18 NU has shot 50 percent or better in consecutive games
*-Nebraska scored 85 points, the sixth time this season NU has scored 80 or more points. NU is 6-0 in those contests.
*-Nebraska’s 13 three-pointers were not only a season high (previous high 11 on two occasions, most recently vs. UTSA on Wednesday), but the most in Tim Miles’ six seasons at Nebraska. The last time NU hit 13 three-pointers was at Minnesota during the 2011-12 season.
*-Nebraska’s 24 assists were also a season-high (previous high 23 vs. Marist on Nov. 24) and the most in Tim Miles’ six seasons. It was the most by a Husker team since the 2011-12 season, when NU had 24 assists against Rhode Island on Nov. 20, 2011.
*-Freshman Thomas Allen reached double figures for the second time in three games, finishing with a career-high 14 points (previous high was 13 vs. Kansas). He had 10 first-half points, including a buzzer beater from 35 feet out.
*-Anton Gill dished out a career-high six assists, doubling his previous high of three on three previous occasions this season. Gill also finished with 14 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
*-James Palmer Jr. has now been in double figure in 13-of-14 contests, finishing with a game-high 18 points.
*-Thorir Thorbjarnarson had a career-high six points, hitting 2-of-3 from three-point range. In all, seven Huskers had at least one 3-pointer.
*-After the game, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced Tanner Borchardt will be placed on scholarship for the spring semester. Borchardt, a 6-foor-8 forward from Gothenberg, Neb., has played nine games as a reserve post player.