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Huskers grab a great road race, hold by Clemson 68-66 | Men's Basketball

With eyes on college basketball on them monday night, Nebraska seniors brought Huskers to the kind of victory that so…

With eyes on college basketball on them monday night, Nebraska seniors brought Huskers to the kind of victory that so often eluded them last season.

James Palmer scored 20 points, Isaac Copeland had 16, Glynn Watson seized it with free throws and Tanner Borchardt gave great minutes from the bench as Nebraska struck Clemson 68-66 on the way in front of 6,974 at the Littlejohn Coliseum and a national audience on ESPN2 .

This is not the same Clemson team that went to Sweet 1

6 last season, but the tigers (5-2) returned three starters from the squad and ranked 16 in the nation last week before losing to Creighton.

“This will be a quality win in March. We know that” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said his postgame radio show. “They can not take it from us.”

On the same day, NCAA released the first ranking from its NET system that will help determine which schools make the NCAA tournament came in March, Nebraska (6-1) left Clemson with a road winning against a power conference opponent that metric will find very valuable along the way.

Palmer added a career nine rebounds to score 20 points. He made 14 in the second half, including going 2-of-3 from three points. Palmer’s first husband from beyond the bow Monday broke a string of 11 straight misses of the guard returning to the Texas Tech game on Tuesday.

“Honestly, I think it was my last Tuesday. Do not help my team and I could not make sure my team would help us win, Palmer said about the loss of the Red Raiders.” So I wanted to come out here focused on the defensive end and take care of business on the other side as well. “

Copeland gave one of the game’s signature games that come from behind to block Shelton Mitchell’s attempted attempt to late in the other half. Thomas Allen collected the rebound and threw the ball forward to Palmer, whose two-handed reverse jam gave the NU a 66-59 lead by 1:29 left.

Then everyone broke loose.

Clemson scored five points in the next 19 seconds to return within two, and after that Palmer missed a tree, the Tigers had the ball and a chance to tie or win the game with the shot.

But Marcquise Reed, who entered the game averaged 19.5 points per race and ended with 15th Monday whistled for to travel on a drive to the basket.

Nebraska could then take the ball in Watson’s hands and the senior hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give some breathing space.

Watson had 12 points and four rebounds for Huskers.

It was Borchardt who was the unclean hero. The previous walk-in played 16 minutes when junior Isaiah Roby once again struggled with unfortunate problems, and in the second half, the Gothenburg castle made an arrangement, grabbed two offensive rebounds and hit a free kick.

Nebraska shot 54 percent in the second half, including 4 out of 8 from three points, and had seven of their own. 10 aids in the last 20 minutes.

Huskers actually led to the last 18 minutes of the game but never more than eight.

Most importantly they led at the end.

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