No. 25 Nebraska tops CS Fullerton 86-62

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points and No. 25 Nebraska took control midway through the first half to defeat Cal State Fullerton 86-62 Saturday.

Nebraska (10-2) won its 18th straight home game, a streak dating to last season.

Isaiah Roby had 20 points for Nebraska, with Isaac Copeland adding 12 and Glynn Watson Jr. 10.

Kyle Allman Jr. had 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Cal State Fullerton. Khalil Ahmad had 12 points and Austen Awosika had 10 points.

The Cornhuskers used a 10-2 run to go up 27-16 on Palmer's turnaround in the lane with 5:57 left in the first half. Cal State Fullerton (3-9) never got closer than seven in the final 25 minutes.

Nebraska went up 51-31 on Thomas Allen's jumper with 15:27 remaining. The Titans cut the lead to 12 on Allman's free throws with 8:53 left.

But Palmer's fourth 3-pointer and two free throws by Watson started an 11-2 Nebraska run that put the game out of reach.

The Titans struggled from the outside against Nebraska's man-to-man and zone defenses, making just 4 of its 19 3-point attempts. Nebraska capitalized on the foul line, converting 24 of 38 to Cal State Fullerton's 8 of 16.

Nebraska -- Tim Miles became third winningest coach in Nebraska history. He now has 107, passing Moe Iba, who won 106 games from 1981-86. Danny Nee (1987-2000) tops the list with 254, one more than Joe Cipriano (1964-80)

Cal State Fullerton -- Nebraska was the first ranked team the Titans have played this season. But Cal State Fullerton's strength of schedule is ranked No. 17 by KenPom, largely because the Titans have played nine of their 11 games on the road or at neutral sites

Nebraska -- Hosts Southwest Minnesota St., the Division II school where Miles coached from 1998-2001 on Saturday in its final nonconference game of the season.
Cal State Fullerton -- Hosts Portland on Saturday in what will be just its fourth home game of the season. The Titans will play 11 of their first 15 games away from Fullerton.

Postgame Notes:
*-With an 86-62 victory over Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska improved to 10-2 on the season, including 9-1 in non-conference play. With a win over Southwest Minnesota State next Saturday, Nebraska can finish non-conference play with one loss for the first time since 2003-04 and just the fourth time since World War II.
*-Nebraska’s 10-2 start is its best since the 1994-95 team opened the year with an 11-1 mark. NU also went 10-2 in 2010-11, 2007-08 and 2003-04.
*- The 24-point margin marked the seventh time this season that Nebraska has won by at least 20 points this season.
*-The victory marked Nebraska’s 18th straight home win dating back to last season. It’s the longest home-win streak since a school-record 20 games spanning the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons and the third-longest streak in school history. Of the 18 wins in the current streak, 13 have come by double-digits, including all seven in 2018-19.
*-Nebraska’s defense held Cal State Fullerton to under 38% from the floor. Nebraska has held 11 of its 12 opponents under 50 percent shooting this season.
*-James Palmer Jr. has now been in double figures in 42 of 45 career games at Nebraska and has reached 20 points for the sixth time this season and 14th of his career. It is the third straight game he has scored 20+ points in a game.
*-Isaiah Roby had a career-high 20 points on the night. His previous career high was 19, which he scored last season against Minnesota. Roby also matched his season high with a team-high eight rebounds.
*-Palmer and Roby both had 20 points against Cal State Fullerton, marking the first time two Huskers had at least 20 points in the same game since Jan. 27, 2018 against Iowa (James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr.)
*Glynn Watson Jr. posted his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists. His previous best was nine against Rutgers in 2016. Watson became the first Husker since Lance Jeter on Feb. 2, 2001 (vs. Kansas) to record a points-assists double-double.
*-Isaac Copeland Jr. scored 12 points for the Huskers, reaching double figures for the 11th time in the 12 games this season.
*-Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles picked up his 107th win at Nebraska, moving into sole possession of third place on Nebraska’s career wins list.
*-Sophomore Nana Akenten made his second straight start and finished with nine points, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range
*-Nebraska hit 10+ 3-pointers for the fourth time this season
*-Nebraska’s seven turnovers were a season low (previous low, 8 vs. Seton Hall)
*-Nebraska has scored 80-or-more points six times in the first 12 games.