Copeland finished the half with 15 points and two assists, Palmer Jr. recorded 10 points and four assists, while Taylor supplied the Huskers with seven points while shooting a flawless 3-for-3.
Will the Nebraska Cornhuskers cover the point spread when they host their Big Ten rivals the Iowa Hawkeyes at 8:00 p.m. ET?
Lincoln, Neb. - 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.
Nebraska capitalizes on Iowa's poor defense in 98-84 win.
Junior guard James Palmer Jr. added eight points and dished out four assists for the Huskers, but it seemed like no matter what the Huskers did, they could not pull away from the Hawkeyes. "They're going to get a lot better, but I'm very happy with this win". Fouled out-Garza. Rebounds-Iowa 28 (Cook 10), Nebraska 36 (Copeland 11).
After picking up a Big Ten victory against Wisconsin on January 23, Iowa came up short in its quest to start a conference winning streak, falling to Nebraska (16-8, 7-4) on the road, 98-84.
"The one thing about Iowa is they can lead you down the path of a shootout", head coach Tim Miles said.
Nebraska opens a three-game Big Ten home stand on Thursday, when they Huskers play host to IL. You go on the road and score 84 points, that should keep you in the game, but we gave up 98.
Senior guard Janay Morton came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points in just 14 minutes, including an unbelievable nine-point explosion in the final two minutes of the first quarter. But a layup by Palmer with just under seven minutes would spark an 18-8 run by NU to close out the half and push the lead to 48-34 at halftime.
"I think they were tremendous tonight", Miles said.
With 98 points, the game was NU's highest-scoring conference matchup this season by 20 points.
But Palmer started a decisive 15-4 run that broke open the game again. They scored 42 points in the paint and lost by 14.
Garza, after making his first 3, tried another one a minute later and only hit backboard.
Nebraska outscored Iowa 45-14 over the final two minutes of first quarter and the entire second quarter to lead 56-26 at halftime.
"They're a talented group that shares the ball", McCaffery said of Nebraska. You're on the road, and you come back, so there's a lot of good. I don't see any selfishness there.
A jumper by Palmer to open the second half gave Nebraska its biggest lead of the night at 16 points, but Iowa quickly fired back with a 13-2 rally to cut the deficit down to 52-47 after less than four minutes of play. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won six straight home games.
"They came out and for 32 minutes or so top-to-bottom our entire team was just complete locked in to what we wanted to do to take things away and make things hard, and then to execute on the (offensive) end", she said. Saturday was their worst performance. Maddie Simon scored 19 points, Hannah Whitish had 16, and Jasmine Cincore and Janay Morton 13 apiece.
Nebraska: Palmer has been on a tear the last five games, averaging just under 25 points, and big man Jordy Tshimanga scored a season-high 11 points. "It was multiple", Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said.
By shooting 57.7 percent from the field, a season-best 57.9 percent from 3-point range, and making 27-of-36 free throws, NU tallied its second-highest point total of the season and its highest in Big Ten play. There's a monster difference between these clubs when you take their average margin on the road and at home. You come back. There's a lot of good. "But you give up 98".