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Men's basketball: Cornhuskers win in Madison

Wildcats sluggish on the road against Wolverines

James Palmer Jr. scored 28 points and keyed a second-half comeback, as Nebraska rallied for a 74-63 road victory over Wisconsin on Monday night.

The Cornhuskers trailed by double digits midway through the second half, but held the Badgers to just eight points over the final 9 minutes to extend their winning streak to three games.

A spinning, one-handed dunk by Khalil Iverson gave Wisconsin a 55-44 advantage, but the Cornhuskers answered with 10 straight points to pull within 55-54 with 7:28 to play – and they continued rolling from there.

Palmer Jr. scored 16 points during a 30-8 Nebraska run to close the game, including a layup that gave the Cornhuskers their first lead of the second half with 4:35 remaining.

Isaac Copeland added 17 points, and Glynn Watson Jr. had 15 for Nebraska (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten). Dixon grad Isaiah Roby was 0-for-3 shooting, collected four rebounds and dished out two assists before fouling out.

After trailing the majority of the first half, Nebraska went on a 9-1 run to take a 30-29 lead on a pair of free throws by Palmer with 1:13 left in the first half.

But Ethan Happ scored the final three points of the half, including a layup just before the buzzer, to give the Badgers a 32-30 halftime advantage.

Happ led Wisconsin (10-13, 3-7) with 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Iverson added 13 points and five rebounds.

No. 24 Michigan 58, Northwestern 47: Charles Matthews scored 14 points, and the Wolverines outlasted the Wildcats in Ann Arbor.

Michigan (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) labored through an ugly first half, but still led 21-19 after 20 minutes. The Wolverines ended up shooting just 42 percent from the field and 7-for-25 from 3-point range, but Northwestern (13-10, 4-6) couldn't take advantage.

Scottie Lindsey scored 15 points for the Wildcats, but no other Northwestern player had more than nine.

Michigan was coming off an exciting 92-88 loss at Purdue on Thursday night, but this game wasn't at all similar to that one. The Wolverines trailed 14-5 at the midpoint of the first half, and the Wildcats led 19-11 after a dunk by Lindsey with 7:06 remaining.

Then it was Northwestern that couldn't score. The Wildcats were shut out for the rest of the half as Michigan chipped away. Moe Wagner scored five points during a 7-0 run in the second half that put Michigan up 48-38.

Wagner, Jordan Poole and Duncan Robinson finished with eight points each. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 11 points for the Wolverines.

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