James Palmer made two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to give Nebraska a 62-61 win over Minnesota last night, ending the Cornhuskers' seven-game losing streak.
The Gophers’ Dupree McBrayer had picked up a loose ball under the basket moments earlier, but he stepped out of bounds, giving Nebraska possession with 2.7 seconds left. Glynn Watson Jr. inbounded to Palmer, who was fouled by Amir Coffey as he went up to shoot. Palmer went to the line and hit the first free throw, and after a timeout he swished the second to send the Pinnacle Bank Arena crowd into a frenzy. Palmer finished with 24 points and six rebounds for the Huskers while Watson broke out of the worst slump of his career, scoring 19 points. The Huskers earned its first win since Jan. 14. Nebraska is now 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten while Minnesota drops to 14-11 overall and 4-10 in the conference.