Copeland scores 30 as Nebraska routs North Dakota

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 20, 2017

Nebraska turned 12 first-half turnovers by UND into 16 points to help stake itself to a 49-32 lead at the break. North Dakota has posted two wins this season, bookending a three-point loss at Hawaii.

Junior forward Isaac Copeland finally broke out of his early-season slump with one of the best games of his career, as the Georgetown transfer led the way with a game-high 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.

"It felt good", Copeland said of his breakout day.

When asked whether North Dakota (2-2) gave him those points or if he took them, Copeland's friend interrupted.

Copeland's support system on the floor Sunday was also encouraging. Sr.

Isaac Copeland Jr. (14) goes for a layup during the game against North Dakota on November 19, 2017, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He had eight total threes in the 12 games he played in previous year. "After the groin (injury) and everything".

"Honestly I'm just glad to be back playing after a year, after the groin and everything, all of this feels great, just to be back doing something I love", Gill said. "But just to be back out there with my guys means everything to me". He was cleared by the NCAA to play this semester two months ago.

"I just had to get my legs back under me", Gill said. I think missing those first two games was probably the best thing to happen for me. "We just can't let teams get out early on us".

He only had to wait until the fourth game.

UND dropped to 2-2 while Nebraska, coached by former Mayville and North Dakota State coach Tim Miles, improved to 3-1. "I know what a relief it is, how exciting it is for them, and they deserve it". They've struggled without any groaning and griping. They just stayed with it. "Hopefully this is the start of the beginning". Yet big days from them weren't needed with Copeland and Gill coming through.

"It was a relief". "We had to value the basketball; we couldn't turn it over and allow them to get some easy baskets, and they did. And that's the depth that we've talked about all year, because the depth has quality and can make plays".

The Huskers returned home following a disappointing 23-point loss at St. John's Thursday night.

Nebraska shot 52.9 percent from the field on Sunday, almost twice as much as during the the Huskers performance at St. John's three days earlier.

In the second half, North Dakota closed to nine points with 14:04 to play and was still within 10 points with 11:07 to go.

"That was big", So. "(North Dakota) is similar to St. John's. Offensively, we knew that was going to come. "We have a lot of talent". "It helps your offense already to get your defense going".

Roby tied his season-high with 11 points. He also had four assists and four rebounds.

Anton Gill added 16 points off the bench and paced the Huskers' reservers, who outscored UND's 31-2.

Reserve Isaiah Roby contributed 11 points for Nebraska, which finished the day shooting 52.9 percent from the field while hitting 8 of 20 from the 3-point line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals. A pair of three-point shots by North Dakota guard Dale Jones pulled the Hawks within 11, but that's the closest they would get in the half.

Nebraska pushed the lead to double figures less than five minutes into the contest and it stayed there for most of the game's remainder.

Nebraska then went on a 20-9 run to secure the comfortable win.

"This is what this team has to be", Miles said.

"I don't think people realize how tough he is to guard one-on-one and".

"I thought we were solid defensively".

Taylor held Crandall to just two points in the first half, while scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds himself. Sunday afternoon was a different story from start to finish for NU. Palmer was the only Husker to score in double figures (13) against St. John's. "I feel like I'm getting back to myself".

"We're always going to be undersized", said UND's 6-foot-7 center Conner Avants. "But at the same time, you don't know. I'm really happy for those guys to bust out". The game can be viewed on ESPN3.

Fr. G Thomas Allen (tail bone) did not play Sunday. With all three limited, Copeland stepped up and scored 19 points in the half.

"Best thing in the world would be to get another crack at those guys down in Orlando", Miles said. Miles said he tried to practice Saturday, and didn't practice well.

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