Nebraska nets 98 points, its most in a B1G game
IOWA CITY, Iowa – After playing a complete game on Tuesday to top Wisconsin, Iowa couldn’t duplicate its performance in Lincoln.
The Hawkeyes fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 98-84 on Saturday night to drop them to 2-8 in Big Ten play.
For the umpteenth time this season, defense was the biggest issue for the Hawkeyes. Nebraska, an above-average three-point shooting team, made Iowa pay. The Huskers shot 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from three-point range.
In total, Nebraska shot 57.7 percent from the field and nearly reached the century mark. The 98 points is the most the Cornhuskers have scored in a Big Ten game since joining the conference in 2011.
Isaac Copeland, Jr. and James Palmer, Jr. led the offensive outburst for Nebraska. Copeland finished with a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and was 4-of-5 from three. Palmer led all scorers with 28 points.
Isaiah Roby (17) and Jordy Tshimanga (11) also reached double figures.
Iowa got another double-double out of Tyler Cook, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nebraska had only one option for guarding Cook on Saturday as double teams found him frequently. The sophomore still registered his fourth double-double of the season.
Jordan Bohannon also continued to shoot the ball well away from Iowa City, finishing with 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. Bohannon made six of Iowa’s nine total threes. No other player had more than one.
Cordell Pemsl played well off the bench, scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the paint.
The Hawkeyes were unable to match intensity for the entire game, but managed to do so in spurts. Iowa turned a 14-point halftime deficit into a one-possession game in the first segment of the second half, but Nebraska countered with an 8-0. Iowa was never able to get back within striking distance.
The Cornhuskers offense was too much against the spotty Iowa defense.
Again, the Hawkeyes have very little time to worry about their latest letdown. Iowa (11-12, 2-8 Big Ten) will play host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-9, 3-7) on Tuesday. Tipoff is 8:07pm CST on Big Ten Network.