LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal Nebraska’s 70-67 upset of No. 3 Texas on Saturday.
Nebraska hadn’t beaten a team ranked in the top three since knocking off No. 3 Missouri 98-91 in the 1994 Big Eight Conference tournament.
The Cornhuskers’ second win over a Top 25 opponent this season broke Texas’ school record Big 12 winning streak at 11 games. Nebraska downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M 57-48 on Jan. 29.
Richardson led Nebraska with 15 points, 10 in the second half. Toney McCray added 14.
Jordan Hamilton and Brown each had 18 to top Texas. Cory Joseph had 13.
Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12), which trailed by seven points at halftime, took a 64-53 lead on Lance Jeter’s driving layup with 2:35 left. But the Cornhuskers made just six of 11 free throws in the last two minutes to help Texas get back in it.
Texas (23-4, 11-1) went on a 12-1 run, making seven of nine free throws and adding a pair of baskets. Alexis Wangmere’s free throws tied it 65-65 with 1:07 remaining.
Richardson sank a pair of foul shots with 43.5 seconds remaining to put Nebraska back in front, and Drake Beranek made one of two with 24.7 seconds left.
Texas’ J’Covan Brown made two of three free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one, but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
Nebraska hit seven of its first eight shots in the second half and took a 40-38 lead on Andre Almeida’s tip-in with 16:29 remaining. It was the first time Texas had trailed in seven games.
The Huskers got back-to-back layups from Richardson, and Almeida’s left-handed hook made it 50-42 with 11:39 left. Nebraska’s biggest lead was 11, the last time after Jeter’s layup.
Nebraska hit 56 percent of its shots in the second half against Texas, which had held Big 12 opponents to 36.4 percent shooting before Saturday.
The Longhorns, who entered having made 49 percent of their shots in conference play, sank only 36 percent against Nebraska, which packed the lane and kept Texas from running in transition.
Nebraska dominated the paint, outscoring Texas 38-14. The Cornhuskers also held a 39-34 edge in rebounds.