Miles Ahead: Two Victories Have Tim Miles Playing Santa

Photo by Francis Gardler – Lincoln Journal Star

As Nebraska took the court both times this week I frantically traveled from mall to mall purchasing last-minute Christmas gifts. The ecstatic voice of Kent Pavelka and constant Twitter updates kept me at bay; as determined shoppers pushed and shoved through the sardine-packed crowds to snag that one remaining gift they needed. Christmas shoppers are a special-type of breed who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goal.

Nebraska followed a similar mantra this past week.

The Huskers shot 50 free throws against the Roadrunners of UTSA, yes 50, which is more than the previous three games combined. The were the aggressor and took the ball to the rim that in turn created open shots. James Palmer Jr. and Anton Gill each had career highs, scoring 25 and 21 respectively. This comes after Gill suffered a migraine shortly before pre-game warmups. These career performances helped Nebraska score over 100 for the first time in 12 years, and more importantly, get a win after two consecutive heartbreaking losses.

The Huskers had a quick turnaround against Delaware State just two days later. Although the Hornets put together 11-1 and 10-2 runs, they could never come within striking distance. James Palmer Jr. led they way once again with 18 points, while Anton Gill and Thomas Allen had 14 points each off the bench. The Huskers controlled the tempo throughout the game to secure the win.

Following the victory over Delaware State Gothenburg-native Tanner Borchardt was awarded a scholarship with Tim Miles dressed as Santa to deliver the news. Cool moment for a hardworking player.

Key takeaways:

  • Anton Gill and Thomas Allen continue to be solid contributors off the bench. Both combined to score 55 points over the past two games. It’s a real treat to have scoring threats come off the bench.
  • Nebraska is averaging 76.1 points/game following Friday night’s game against Delaware State. This is the highest average scoring mark for the Huskers through 14 games since the 1995-96 season. After scoring 85 against the Hornets, the Huskers have now scored 80 or more in six of its 14 games this season. This team has the most scoring depth of any Nebraska team in recent memory.
  • Against Delaware State, Icelandic freshman Thorir Thorbjarnarson knocked down two 3s in front of eight family members from Iceland. Thorir only played four minutes, but showed some craftiness and range that could give the Huskers another versatile scoring option in the future.

Results:

  • vs. UTSA: W, 104-94
    • Points: Palmer, 25
    • Rebounds: Copeland, 8
    • Assists: Copeland and Taylor, 4
    • Blocks: Taylor and Roby, 1
    • Steals: Copeland, Taylor, Watson, & Allen, 1
  • vs. Delaware St.: W, 85-68
    • Points: Palmer, 18
    • Rebounds: Roby, 9
    • Assists: Gill, 6
    • Blocks: Roby, 3
    • Steals: Watson, 3

Next up (9-5, 1-1 Big Ten):

  • Friday Dec 29th: vs. Stetson. Tipoff at 7pm. Watch on BTN Plus.

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