Last-Second Shot Sinks Huskers

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Josh Carter hit a 3-pointer as time expired to rally Texas A&M to a 57-55 victory over the Nebraska men’s basketball team on Tuesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Carter’s last-second shot gave the Aggies just their second lead of the game and their first since the 14-minute mark of the first half.

Nebraska closed the first half on a 19-6 run to take a 37-24 halftime lead, but the Huskers scored just 18 points in the second half. NU went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal in the second half, but the Huskers maintained a lead until the very end despite scoring just seven points over the final 14 minutes of the contest.

The Huskers, who led by as many as 18 in the second half, saw their lead dwindle to two with 1:19 remaining. Nebraska did not make a field goal the rest of the game and the Huskers missed two of their final three free throws. Cookie Miller missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 19.5 seconds remaining to give A&M the final possession of the game.

Following a Nebraska foul, Texas A&M inbounded the ball near its bench with 2.6 seconds on the clock and Carter caught the ball beyond the arc at the top of the key and nailed the contested jumper. His momentum carried him back near midcourt, where he fell to the ground and was mobbed by teammates as the final buzzer sounded.

With the heartbreaking loss, Nebraska fell to 16-10 overall and 6-7 in the Big 12 Conference. Texas A&M picked up its 20th win of the season, as the Aggies improved to 20-8 and 6-7.

It didn’t appear Texas A&M would be able to pull off a comeback early in the second half. After Nebraska turned an 18-18 tie into a 13-point halftime lead, the Huskers opened the second half on a 7-2 run to stretch the lead to 18 on an Ade Dagunduro basket with 16:54 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Huskers, their next field goal would not come until Miller scored on a driving layup with 6:07 left. During the crucial 10:47 stretch where the Huskers did not hit a field goal, Nebraska scored just six points as A&M trimmed the 18-point lead down to five.

The Huskers then held the Aggies scoreless for nearly five minutes and pushed the lead back to seven with 2:14 remaining, but Nebraska would score just one more point the rest of the night. A&M ended the game on a 5-0 run and outscored Nebraska 10-3 over the final five minutes.

The close of the first half went much better for Nebraska than the final minutes of the game. With the scored tied at 18 with 9:22 remaining in the opening half, Brandon Richardson scored five straight points for the Huskers. Following an Aggie 3-pointer, Dagunduro fueled a stretch of 10 straight Nebraska points by nailing a pair of 3-pointers and adding an assist. Texas A&M snapped that run with a single free throw before Steve Harley scored four straight points to stretch the lead to 15, the Huskers' largest of the half.

Texas A&M hit just one field goal over the final seven minutes of the first half. The Huskers also went the entire first half without committing a turnover for the second straight home game. Nebraska had nine players make a basket in the first half, but just four players hit a shot in the second half.

Dagunduro led all scorers with 16 points. Richardson and Ryan Anderson each added nine as Nebraska shot 39.6 percent from the field, including just 25 percent in the second half.

Nebraska hits the road this weekend, as the Huskers travel to Kansas State on Saturday.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations


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