LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ James Palmer overcame a cold start to score 29 points, Isaac Copeland Jr. had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Nebraska beat Seton Hall 80-57 on Wednesday night. The Cornhuskers (3-0) ended a seven-game losing streak against opponents from the Big East with their dominant performance in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Pirates (1-1) made just 2 of 16 3-pointers and had just three assists against 14 turnovers. Nebraska came out sharp in the second half and built its 33-27 halftime lead to 10 points on Copeland’s tip-in. Michael Nzei scored a quick six points to cut the lead in half, and the Pirates pulled as close as 44-42 after Nebraska was assessed a bench technical for its reaction to Isaiah Roby being called for his fourth foul. The tech seemed to inspire the Huskers.
Palmer opened a 9-2 spurt with a 3-pointer, and Thomas Allen finished it with a deep shot to make it 53-44. The lead went over 20 points when Roby threw down a lob from Glynn Watson Jr. for a dunk in the final 2 minutes. Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, who tied his career high with 30 points against Wagner on Nov. 6, led the Pirates with 24 points. Palmer, the Husker’s All-Big Ten guard a year ago, started 0 for 8 from the field. His first make came after Seton Hall pulled to 22-20. He hit a 3 from the top of the key, then released his frustration by pumping his right fist like he was spiking a football. A couple minutes later a trailing Palmer tipped in Nana Akenten’s miss on the fast break for his third straight basket and a 31-22 lead. Powell was held scoreless over a 10-minute stretch in the first half, but he still was able to score 15 points before the break to keep the Huskers from pulling away early. Watson added 14 points and eight assists for Nebraska. Nzei finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for Seton Hall.