Nebraska basketball: Offense sets PBA record as bench shows value again

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The Nebraska basketball team scored 100 points for the first time in the Tim Miles era.

After a stretch where the Nebraska basketball team played four teams that have been in the Top 25 this season, there were some who thought the game against UT-San Antonio was going to be a bit of a break. It turns out the Huskers needed every one of their 104 points to beat the Roadrunners, who scored 94 of their own.

UTSA came into the game as one of the highest scoring teams in college basketball. They lived up to the hype against the Huskers, going 15 for 31 from three-point range. That the Huskers didn’t wilt under an offensive onslaught could be a good sign moving forward.

Five Nebraska players scored in double figures on Wednesday night. James Palmer Jr scored 25 and Anton Gill scored a career-high 21. The bench, in general, contributed mightily against a UTSA that likes to run up and down the court.

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Along with Gill’s 21 points, he put in 25 minutes. Isaiah Roby played 22 minutes and Thomas Allen played 15 minutes. Roby scored 10 points, hauled down six rebounds had a blocked shot and recorded a steal.

Allen scored six points, had three rebounds, an assist, a steal and was 1 for 1 from beyond the three-point arc. The backups made up for some up and down evenings for a couple of starters. Isaac Copeland had his second worst game of the season offensively as he scored just five points in 34 minutes.

Jordy Tshimanga had another less than stellar game, as he played just 11 minutes. Glynn Watson started off ice cold from the floor. but was able to pick it up in the second half as he finished with 13 points. If there is cause for concern for Watson, it’s that this is his third straight subpar performance after scoring 29 against Minnesota.

On the flipside from Watson, Evan Taylor had his best offensive night of the season, scoring 16 points and hauling down four rebounds while dishing out four assists.

While it’s always uncomfortable to struggle against lesser teams, head coach Tim Miles made it clear he liked the fight he saw in his team. The Nebraska basketball team has two more “cupcake” games this season. Then they’ll get busy duking it out with the rest of the Big Ten.