By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Glynn Watson Jr. scored 15 points and Isaiah Copeland added 14 to help Nebraska upset No. 25 Indiana 66-51 on Monday night.
The Cornhuskers (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) have won two straight overall and three straight in the series. They never trailed.
Romeo Langford had 18 points and Juwan Morgan finished with 17 on a miserable shooting night for the Hoosiers (12-5, 3-3), who have lost three in a row. Indiana’s 10-game home winning streak also ended.
And the Cornhuskers never really gave Indiana a chance after scoring the first nine points.
After answering with five straight, Indiana eventually fought futilely to dig out of a 25-7 deficit midway through the first half.
When Nebraska missed 12 consecutive shots in the opening 20 minutes, Langford and Morgan teamed up to help cut the deficit to 26-20 with 70 seconds to go in the half. And after trailing 31-22 at the break, Devonte Green’s 3-pointer with 16:32 got Indiana within 35-32.
But Nebraska used an 8-0 run to reassert itself and closed it out by steadily extended the lead to as much as 16.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers can challenge anyone in the Big Ten with their length and versatility on defense. But when they have consistent scoring, they can pose a real problem for any team on the schedule.
Indiana: It was just a bad game for the Hoosiers, who never fully recovered from a lethargic start. They didn’t get many favorable bounces but they also weren’t aggressive enough on offense or defense for long enough stretches to get back into the game.
Nebraska: James Palmer Jr. had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. … Palmer’s assist total matched Indiana’s team total. … Palmer and Copeland made their 50th consecutive starts. … Nebraska ended the Hoosiers 26-game home winning streak in its last trip to Assembly Hall in December 2016.
Indiana: Made only four of its first 19 shots and had only nine points with 5 minutes left in the first half. … The Hoosiers were 2 of 14 form 3-point range and 11 of 19 on free throws while shooting 36.5 percent from the field. … Guard Rob Phinisee played 27 minutes and finished with three points in his second game back from concussion-like symptoms. … Justin Smith was 2 of 7 from the field after making 22 of 27 in the previous five games (81.5 percent). He had five points.
Nebraska: Returns home Thursday to face its second straight ranked opponent, No. 6 Michigan State
Indiana: Hits the road for the third time in four games when it visits rival Purdue on Saturday.