Palmer loses out on scoring title; PSU impressed by Pinnacle Arena

February 26, 2018

LINCOLN — It wasn’t Nebraska guard James Palmer’s night in his battle with Penn State guard Tony Carr for the Big Ten scoring title.

Palmer got the satisfaction of winning the game 76-64. But he was limited to 11 points — matching his third-lowest total of the season — on 5 of 12 shooting along with six turnovers.

That dropped the 6-foot-6 junior’s average in conference games to 18.8 points. Carr scored 27 points — needing 23 shots to do it — to win the title with a 20.1 average. Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop finished second at 19.4 points.

Carr also won the overall Big Ten scoring title at 19.9 points. Palmer finished fifth at 17.4.

How important was any of this to Nebraska and its team-first philosophy? Palmer wasn’t requested for an interview and no Husker coach or player mentioned it or was asked about it.

PSU impressed by PBA

Penn State hasn’t won a game in Lincoln since Nebraska joined the Big Ten seven years ago. The atmosphere at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said, will make it difficult to break that streak.

“What a great environment!’’ Chambers exclaimed. “Just incredible.’’

Penn State never got over Nebraska storming to a 19-7 lead, in part by holding PSU scoreless for 5:31.

“They jumped us,’’ Chambers said. “Senior night, a lot of emotion and a lot riding on this game. Give Nebraska credit. They’ve been playing really good basketball over the last month, and they came out and punched us in the mouth.’’

Bits and pieces

Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby, who had food poisoning overnight and into Sunday morning, still had 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.

NU’s 46 points in the paint were a season high, topping the 44 against North Dakota and Long Beach State. Penn State played without 6-9 center Mike Watkins (knee).

Forward Isaac Copeland’s double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds was his third this season.