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It's the sort of spectacular thing James Palmer has made look almost normal during his breakout season leading Nebraska to the cusp of the NCAA Tournament.

That he did it again Tuesday night with the weight of a season on his shoulders was a reminder of the special talent he is.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers in the second half, starting with a dunk at the 12:43 mark and ending with a jumper 7 minutes later. 

His 24 points in the second half tied a school record, joining Aleks Maric, Tyronn Lue, Jerry Fort and Dave Hoppen in the record book. Palmer finished 9-of-13 from the field after halftime after going 1-for-6 in the first half.

"I mean, it feels good," Palmer said with a grin when asked what it feels like to get that hot. "It's like, when you get in a rhythm, it's like throwing a rock in the ocean. You don't think you can miss. And guys are doing a great job of finding me."

The only thing that seemed to slow Palmer was when Husker coach Tim Miles took him out with 5:15 left for what was supposed to be about a 40-second breather. It turned into more than 2 minutes on the bench before Palmer was able to re-enter at the final media timeout.

"That was brought up to me by one of my assistants that I'm going to keep nameless for now, and I was in a vulnerable moment and I agreed to it and I regret it," Miles only half-joked. "But James was so critical for us."

Glynn Watson, whose lone assist of the game went to Palmer on a three-pointer during his seven-minute flame-throwing session, had a front-row seat to the action.

"I think he scored 12 straight, 13 straight, I don't know. But he got cookin'," Watson said. "I got to talk to Coach Miles about taking him out. That was big."

Miles was asked if Palmer is worthy of first-team All-Big Ten honors when the time comes.

"He's certainly all-conference-worthy," Miles said. Then he smiled. "And I don't know that I'd trade him for a lot of guys. So, yeah, probably."

Streaking: Nebraska's six-game winning streak is a season high and the first time the team has won six league games in a row since coming out victorious in their final six Big 12 games to end the 1997-98 season.

It is the first six-game winning streak either in conference or out since the 2010-11 season, when the Huskers won 11 in a row against much softer competition.

The streak also lifted Nebraska to 11-4 in the Big Ten, just the second time since joining the league that the Huskers have won 11 games, and only the fifth time in school history NU has won 11 conference games. The school record for league wins is 12, last done in the 1965-66 season.

And Nebraska's nine-game home winning streak is the longest current streak in the Big Ten. The Huskers are 14-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season, including 7-0 in Big Ten play. 

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