Daniel Faris had career highs with 28 points and 13 rebounds, lifting New Mexico to an 83-71 win over scrappy Nebraska in the NIT's first round on Tuesday night.
The Lobos (22-11) advanced to play Thursday at Notre Dame, which earlier beat Alabama-Birmingham 70-64.
Faris, a 6-foot-9 center, had a big night against the Cornhuskers (18-13), the nation's smallest Division I lineup. He scored 18 points and collected nine rebounds in the second half.
New Mexico's Tony Danridge scored 18 and Chad Toppert broke out of a shooting slump with 15 points.
Sek Henry led Nebraska with 13 points while Steve Harley scored 11. Ade Dagunduro, who averaged 17.6 points over the season's final five games, got in first-half foul trouble and was held to eight points on 2-for-13 shooting.