Palmer’s big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland 70-66
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.
Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers’ 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.
Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.
The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.’s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.
Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter’s layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.
Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.
Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.
Maryland: The Terps’ fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.
Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby’s efforts in the second half.
Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It’s the teams’ only meeting this season.
Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.