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Big Ten/ACC Challenge | Nebraska 71, BC 62

BC men stumble down the stretch at Nebraska

Boston College's Jerome Robinson (1) goes for a layup against Nebraska's Anton Gill (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Boston College’s Jerome Robinson (1) goes in for a contested layup by Nebraska’s Anton Gill (13) in the first half of the Eagles’ 71-62 loss Wednesday night in Lincoln, Neb.

LINCOLN, Neb. — James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland scored 15 points apiece, and Nebraska broke open the game late in a 71-62 win over Boston College on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Cornhuskers (6-2) went on a 12-0 run after Boston College (5-3) had trimmed their lead to 59-57. Palmer, who scored 11 points in the second half, started the spurt. Copeland ended it, leaving the Huskers with a 71-57 advantage with 1:30 to play.

Evan Taylor added a season-high 13 points and Glynn Watson Jr. had 10 points and six assists for the Huskers, who never trailed.

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Jerome Robinson had 17 points, Ky Bowman added 13 points and eight rebounds and Nik Popvic had 10 points for the Eagles (5-3), who have lost three straight in the Challenge.

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Vin Baker Jr.’s 3-pointer pulled the Eagles within 51-50, and after the Huskers tried to pull away, Bowman scored inside to trim it to 59-57.

Boston College then missed seven straight 3s and a layup during a six-minute scoring drought, and Nebraska went on its decisive run.

The Eagles were coming off a 20-point loss to Providence four nights ago and were missing starting guard Jordan Chatman (shoulder). Freshman Steffon Mitchell made his first start in Chatman’s place.

The Huskers played without forward Isaiah Roby (ankle).

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Nebraska, which entered the game shooting 34.8 percent on 3-pointers, made 8 of 13 from deep in the first half, including one by Watson just ahead of the buzzer to give the Huskers a 44-36 lead at the break.

Nebraska was just 1 of 6 from beyond the arc in the second half and finished 9 for 19.