Dec. 30, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marcus Neal hit three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to lift Nebraska to a 62-61 victory over Tennessee on Thursday night.
Tennessee (6-5) led 61-57 with 41 seconds left after making a 10-0 run, but missed four foul shots in the last 36 seconds, including the front end of two one-and-bonus situations.
Nebraska (5-4) cut the deficit to two on Jason Dourisseau's dunk with 34 seconds left. The Vols' Scooter McFadgon missed two foul shots with 9.8 seconds left, and the Cornhuskers worked for the last shot.
With time running out, the ball was knocked loose, Neal grabbed it and was fouled by C.J. Watson while attempting a 3-point shot. He hit the first two, and after a Vols timeout, hit the game-winner.
Neal led Nebraska with 17 points and Joe McCray and Jake Muhleisen had 11 each.
Tennessee was led by Brandon Crump with 19 points, McFadgon with 15 and Watson with 11.
The Vols were just 6-of-17 from the foul line, while the Cornhuskers were 11-of-18.
Neither team led by more than six points in the first half.
Nebraska used an 8-0 run, capped by Muhleisen's 3-pointer with 4:58 left in the half, for a 24-18 lead - the biggest lead for either team in the first half. The Cornhuskers led 31-26 at halftime.
Tennessee regained the lead twice in the first seven minutes of the second half.
With the score tied at 42, Nebraska went on an 8-0 run and took a 50-42 lead on Neal's 3-pointer with 10:03 left.
Nebraska was up 57-51 when the Vols started a 10-0 run capped by Crump's shot on the baseline with 3:25 left. Andre Patterson's dunk in transition gave the Vols a 61-57 lead with 41 seconds to play.