North Texas vs. Nebraska basketball, 11/13/17

Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga (32) pressures North Texas guard Ryan Woolridge (0) in the first half Monday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

While Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland continues to look for his shot offensively, his ability in other areas has already proven valuable to the Nebraska men's basketball team.

Copeland was just 1-of-7 from the field Monday against North Texas, but still scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked four shots and added two assists and a steal in the Huskers' win.

Counting Nebraska's two exhibition games and the secret scrimmage against Iowa State, Copeland is 1 of 14 from three-point range. But the ability that made him a five-star recruit out of high school has proven valuable for Nebraska on both ends of the court.

"I think that in time he'll shoot the ball better. But he was critical in a whole bunch of rebounding an blocked shot stuff," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. "And he's a good facilitator too, a good passer, so we can put him in some other positions to help us that way too."

One first-half possession illustrated Miles' point. The 6-foot-9 Copeland went to the high post while the 6-foot-8 Isaiah Roby went to the block, with Copeland taking an entry pass and feeding Roby for an easy layup.

Watson says knee feels fine: Junior guard Glynn Watson, who has been dealing with a bursa sac issue in his knee, said Monday that he's still receiving treatment but that he otherwise feels fine.

"I'm good. I'm still getting treatment and things like that, but that comes with the game," Watson said. "I'm still recovering, but I feel good when I'm out there playing."

Watson was held out of Nebraska's exhibition against Northwood, but played 34 minutes against Eastern Illinois and 29 against North Texas.

Gill still out: The other Nebraska guard dealing with a knee issue missed his second consecutive game as senior Anton Gill watched from the bench in street clothes. Gill has dealt with soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee, and has also battled a groin injury suffered in practice.

Scary fall for Allen: Sharp shooting freshman guard took a scary fall in the second half, landing on his tailbone after colliding with a North Texas defender on a drive to the hoop. Allen went 1 of 2 at the free throw line before gingerly walking off the court and going to the training room.

Miles said after the game he didn't know Allen's condition.

No redshirts: True freshmen Nana Akenten and Thorir Thorbjarnarson both got minutes Monday, meaning neither player will redshirt this season. The duo combined to go 0 for 2 from the field in a combined nine minutes. Walk-on Johnny Trueblood also got some playing time, his first since the 2015-16 season, and went 1 of 2 at the free throw line.

Throwbacks come back: The Huskers broke out their cream throwback jerseys for the first time Monday. Featuring the script “Huskers” on the jersey and shorts with a zigzag pattern, the uniforms are modeled after those worn by the 1995-96 NU team that won the NIT.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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