Lincoln, Neb. (Dec. 22, 2017) --- Nebraska rode hot first half shooting to its second straight win, topping Delaware State 85-68 at Pinnacle Bank Arena this evening.
The Cornhuskers (9-5) shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, knocking down 15 of their 25 shots, including 7-of-12 from three-point territory (58.3%) en route to a 42-26 lead the break.
James Palmer, Jr. was high scorer for Nebraska with 18 points. Thomas Allen and Anton Gill came off the bench to score 14 points each, while Isaac Copeland added 11 for the Huskers.
Kavon Waller was Delaware State’s top scorer for the second straight game, tallying 16 points, highlighted by three three-point baskets. Waller also led the Hornets with a career-high nine rebounds.
Artem Tavakalyan and Simon Okolue tallied 13 points each, while Pinky Wiley added 12 for the Hornets.
Delaware State has dropped its last eight games to fall to 2-12 this season.
The score was 6-6 early in the contest before Nebraska took control. The Cornhuskers scored 14 straight points and 19 of the next 21 to open up a 25-8 lead.
After Nebraska built a 19-point first half advantage, Delaware State used a 10-2 run to stay within striking distance. Marquis Collins capped off the run with a three-point field goal to pull the Hornets to within 30-19 with 6:34 to go before halftime.
DSU trailed 39-26 when Nebraska’s Allen hit a three-point shot at the first half buzzer to give his team a 16-point cushion at intermission.
The Huskers led 58-37 before another spurt kept the Hornets alive.
Delaware State outscored Nebraska 11-1 over the next four minutes, and only trailed 59-48 after a basket in the lane by Demola Onifade with 10:36 left in the second half.
The Hornets had two possessions to get to within single digits, but came up empty.
The Huskers answered with a 12-2 run, and stretched their lead to 71-50 with 6:15 left to play.
DSU could get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way. The Hornets were only outscored 43-42 in the second half.
Delaware State will wrap up its current three-game road swing with a visit to Penn on Dec. 27. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
The Hornets return home Jan. 3 for their 2017-18 MEAC opener against defending league champ North Carolina Central. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the DSU/NCCU women’s contest in memorial Hall.
Waller has eight three-point field goals in the last two games, matching his total for the previous seven contests … he has 134 career three-pointers to stand at No. 10 on the Hornets’ all-time list, one behind ninth-place Roy Bright (2006-08) … Okolue has a team-high eight double-figure scoring games this season … DSU shot 40% from three-point territory in the game (6-for-15), its second-best mark this season.