Huskers open up conference play with a win

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The Huskers men's basketball team opened conference play with a win over Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, moving to 7-1 on the season.

James Palmer Jr. led the team with 23 points, he also shot 12-14 on free throws. As a team, the Huskers shot 30 free throws.

After the game, head coach Tim Miles talked about the importance of starting strong in the game.

“It was really important. With [Illinois], to get on top of them, and then keep them there at an arm’s length, that has been hard for a lot of teams to do. Gonzaga hasn’t done it. Notre Dame didn’t do it. We were able to. I think getting to foul line for us was important. Then, the fact that we made some threes tonight helped too. If we can do both of those, then you’re a tough owl,” Miles said.

Palmer Jr. commented on the Huskers ability to get Illinois to commit fouls.

“As a team, we definitely wanted to get to the free throw line. We know they extend their defense and pressure, so you just want to get to the basket,” Palmer Jr. said.

The Huskers have not lost at home since Dec. 20, 2017. Their next game is Wednesday on the road at Minnesota.