NU takes down the Horns

Brandon Richardson had 10 of his team-high 15 points in the second half, as Nebraska snapped Texas' 11-game win streak with a 70-67 over No. 3/2 (AP/Coaches) Texas Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Richardson, who hit 9-of-11 from the line, gave Nebraska the lead for good, hitting a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left to put Nebraska up 67-65 after Texas erased an 11-point deficit in the final three minutes. Jordan Hamilton then missed a 3-pointer on NU's next possession, and Drake Beranek split a pair of foul shots with 27 seconds left, giving NU a three-point lead.

On the Longhorns' next possession J'Covan Brown was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left, but missed the first attempt before sinking the final two shots to pull Texas within 68-67, but would get no closer as Richardson was fouled with six seconds left and made both attempts before Brown's 3-pointer missed in the final seconds missed, giving the Huskers (18-8, 6-6 Big 12) their first win against a top-three team in 17 seasons.

Richardson hit 9-of-11 from the foul line to pace four Huskers in double figures. Toney McCray finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jorge Brian Diaz and Andre Almeida had 11 and 10 points, respectively. The pair also had five rebounds each, as Nebraska enjoyed a 39-34 advantage on the glass against a Texas squad that led the conference in rebounds. Nebraska also held Texas (23-4, 11-1) to just 36 percent shooting on the day, while improving to 16-1 at home this season.

The Huskers trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and were down 33-26 at the break before using the inside game to get back into the contest. Almeida and Diaz keyed a 14-5 spurt, combining for 10 points, as Almeida's basket with 15:52 left gave Nebraska its first lead at 40-38 and marked the first time since Jan. 26 that Texas had trailed in a game.

Nebraska took control of the game a few minutes later, using an 8-0 spurt to break open a 42-all deadlock as Richardson hit two driving layups before Almeida's basket gave Nebraska a 50-42 lead. Texas came right back, as Cory Joseph's 3-pointer and two free throws from Jordan Hamilton made it 50-47 with 10:35 remaining.

Nebraska would quickly extend the lead, as Jeter found McCray for a layup before Eshaunte Jones' 3-pointer made it an eight-point game at 55-47. The Huskers continued to extend the lead, pushing it to 11 points after another Jones 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining.

Nebraska led 64-53 after Jeter's layup, but the Longhorns would have one last run behind Hamilton, who tied with Brown for game-high honors with 18 points despite being held to 3-for-16 shooting. Hamilton hit three foul shots before his 3-pointer with 1:34 left made it a five-point game. After McCray split a pair of free throws, Texas ran off six straight points to tie the score at 65 after Alexis Wangmene's two free throws with 1:10 left.

After spotting Texas a 5-0 lead, Nebraska came right back, using a 7-2 run to tie the score at seven after a McCray 3-pointer.The Longhorns used strong shooting from the outside, as 3-pointers from Cory Joseph and Brown sparked an 8-0 run that put Texas up 20-12 with 8:17 left in the half. Texas, which hit 6-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, eventually got the lead to nine points on two occasions, the last at 33-25 before Richardson's two free throws with 18 seconds left in the half made it a seven-point game.

The Huskers return to action Wednesday night against Kansas State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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