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Seton Hall upended by Nebraska

The Pirates were taken down with relative ease last night in Lincoln.

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The Seton Hall Pirates didn’t have the greatest trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. A 29-point effort from James Palmer and a double-double by former Georgetown Hoyas star Isaac Copeland helped to lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers to victory. Myles Powell’s 24 points were not nearly enough, as the Pirates were downed 80-57.

The aforementioned Palmer had himself a night. Those 29 points were a game-high and he had 18 free throw attempts (Seton Hall had 20 as a team). He made 13 of them, making the most of his freebies. The senior also had six rebounds, two assists and one block, and just one turnover in 39 minutes of action.

Copeland, meanwhile, had 18 points and 10 boards for that double-double we spoke of. He was certainly great himself, adding an assist, two steals and three blocks and, just like Palmer, committed only one turnover in 39 minutes of action.

Nebraska’s Glynn Watson joined Palmer and Copeland in double figures with 14. Watson also had a gaudy eight assists to go with those 14 points scored.

Powell was, again, great, although he and the rest of the Pirates struggled from 3-point range. Powell went 1-for-9 from the perimeter, and the Pirates finished 2-for-16 from that area on the floor. Nebraska fared much better, although they didn’t really shoot it well, going 8-for-23. But 2-for-16 is still a hell of an eyesore to wear. Myles still had 24, went 9-for-9 from the floor and only had one turnover in 38 minutes.

Michael Nzei was productive, scoring 13 points and fell just one rebound shy of a double-double. He went 5-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the free throw line, and committed no turnovers in 27 minutes on the floor.

Seton Hall had just three assists on the night, two of which came from Anthony Nelson. The other belonged to Quincy McKnight. Comparatively, Nebraska had 15.

The Pirates are 1-1 to start the season for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, ending a seven-season streak of beginning 2-0. The next time we see them will be Saturday, when they host the 3-0 Saint Louis Billikens.