LINCOLN — Nebraska dismantled Mississippi Valley State in the Huskers’ home opener Tuesday night.
The Delta Devils played a nice soft zone for the Huskers, and NU took advantage, shooting 55 percent from the floor and making 15 3-pointers in a 106-37 season-opening win. The 69-point victory is the largest in Pinnacle Bank Arena, and second-largest in program history.
Nebraska hit 50 points in 18 minutes of game play and led 55-13 at halftime. Starters sat most of the second half. In total, Nebraska had 20 assists on 33 made field goals.
The Huskers were led by James Palmer, who made the Huskers’ first shot of the night from about 25 feet. Palmer finished with 17 points, most of which came in the first half. He added five assists, three rebounds and shot 8 for 11 from the free-throw line. Glynn Watson led the team in scoring with 19 points on 10 shots. He hit three 3-pointers in the first half. As a team Nebraska shot 41 percent from behind the arc, well above last year’s average of 34 percent.
Nebraska (1-0) jumped out to a 20-4 lead after Watson made a Delta Devil nearly fall over and made a step back 3. After that, just like the exhibition game, coach Tim Miles went to the bench. He subbed in 10 players in the first 10 minutes. Tanner Borchardt was the first in and filled in for Isaiah Roby, who was hit with two quick fouls and sat for most of the first. He finished with six points and five rebounds. Borchardt was serviceable down low, with three points and four boards.
Nana Akenten had 18 points off the bench, hitting five of 11 attempted three’s. Thorir Thorbjarnarson scored nine and Heiman added five points and nine rebounds.
Nebraska’s starters played the first five minutes of the second half. Two straight three’s from Thomas Allen and Watson, plus a Palmer dunk, blew the lead to 63-13. It got ugly from there, the Huskers ran away with one of the largest wins by margin in school history.
Mississippi Valley State shot just 19 percent from the floor, far and away the worst in Pinnacle Bank history.
Nebraska’s next game is Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.