Courtesy: AP

James Palmer scored 24 points and Nebraska shut down No. 21 Maryland for the first big surprise of the Big Ten Tournament, holding off the Terrapins for a 69-61 victory on Thursday.     

Using a seven-man rotation because of injuries and backup guard Nana Akenten's suspension, the Cornhuskers harassed the Terrapins into 36 percent (18 for 50) shooting and 11 turnovers. Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and Isaiah Roby finished with 15.     

Nebraska (17-15) earned a second win in the Big Ten tourney for the first time since 2016 and will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. The Cornhuskers advanced with a 68-61 victory against Rutgers on Wednesday night.     

Maryland (22-10) swept Nebraska during the regular season, including a 60-45 win in Lincoln on Feb. 6. But the Terrapins struggled offensively in their third loss in their last four games.


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*-Nebraska improved 5-7 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament (5-6 under Tim Miles) and has reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last six seasons.
*-Nebraska improved to 2-8 against ranked teams this season while the 10 ranked opponents this season tied a school record set four other times, most recently in 2015-16.
*-James Palmer Jr. has now reached double figures in 31 of 33 games this season and 62 times in his career.
*-Palmer Jr. finished with 24 points, his 17th 20-point game of the season and 25th of his career. 
*-With 24 points today, Palmer moved past Jack Moore (1,204) for 19th on Nebraska’s career scoring list. Palmer has 1,219 points at Nebraska in two seasons at Nebraska. He is four behind Larry Florence (1,223) for 18th place.
*-With three assists today, Palmer became the fifth Husker to have at least 500 points and 100 assists in a season.
*-Thorir Thorbjarnarson has a career-high five steals today. Entering today, he had just four career steals in 30 career games entering today. His five steals ties a Nebraska season high (James Palmer Jr. vs. Maryland, Thomas Allen vs. Missouri State). Thorbjarnarson’s five steals is tied for fifth in Big Ten Tournament history.
*-Isiah Roby had multiple blocks in his third straight Big Ten Tournament game dating back to the 2018 Big Ten Tournament

*- Johnny Trueblood scored a career-high five points in the contest. His previous career best was four against Southwest Minnesota State earlier this season.

*-James  Palmer  Jr.  and  Glynn  Watson  Jr.  have  both  played  all  80  minutes  through  two  games  of  the tournament. Isiaiah Roby has played in 76 of the 80 minutes.