Chanting Nebraska fans wanted 100 points, but there was no need to go for it when the Cornhuskers got the ball back for their final possession and the clock winding down.
Their 98-84 win over Iowa was good enough Saturday night in Lincoln.
“I won’t apologize to the fans for not getting 100 tonight,” James Palmer Jr. said. “It probably would have been great for them, but we got the win, so be happy.”
Palmer scored 28 points, Isaac Copeland added 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Nebraska pulled away in the second half.
The Huskers (16-8, 7-4 Big Ten) scored their most points in a conference game since putting up 99 against Kansas State in 2002 when they were in the Big 12.
“One thing about Iowa is they can lead you down the path to a shootout,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “They play quick, they see an open shot and it’s going up, and you can have a lot of quick possessions. I didn’t know if we could keep up.
“I like the demeanor of my team, I like the buy-in.”
Isaiah Roby notched his third career-high point total in the last six games, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Huskers, who shot 57.7 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from 3-point range.
Iowa (11-12, 2-8), which beat Wisconsin on Tuesday, failed to win consecutive conference games for the first time, and left coach Fran McCaffery with 399 career wins.
Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook each had 24 points to lead the Hawkeyes, with Cook grabbing 10 rebounds and Bohannon dishing seven assists.
“We shoot 50 percent from the field, 43 [percent] from 3, 20 assists on nine turnovers against a team that’s up in us. You’re on the road. You come back. There’s a lot of good. And 84 points on the road should keep you in the game. But we give up 98,” McCaffery said.
“[Nebraska is] a talented group that shares the ball. They have a lot of good individual players. I don’t see any selfishness there.”
W. Michigan 79, N. Illinois 72: Thomas Wilder scored 25 points with five assists, Josh Davis added 15 points with three 3-pointers – including a game-breaking 3 – and Western Michigan beat Northern Illinois on Saturday in Kalamazoo after both teams shot 60 percent or better in the second half.
After 11 lead changes, Bryce Moore, Jason Whitens and Davis each hit 3s for a 50-47 Broncos lead, but Dante Thorpe’s tip-in put the Huskies up 55-54.
Western Michigan (12-9, 4-4 MAC) turned a flagrant foul on Levi Bradley into a five-point play, including Davis’ go-ahead 3-pointer with 9:05 left. The Broncos pulled ahead on an 11-4 run capped by Moore’s 3, and sealed it with six free throws in the final 2:03 after shooting 60 percent from the field.
Eugene German scored 21 points, Bradley added 20, and Dante Thorpe had 10 for Northern Illinois (10-11, 3-5), which shot 61.5 percent in the second half. Noah McCarty scored eight points on 4-for-7 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds.