Oregon: 83, Nebraska: 76

LINCOLN, Neb. -- E.J. Singler hit four free throws in the final minute to give Oregon the lead and the Ducks held off Nebraska 83-76 Wednesday night.

LINCOLN, Neb. -- E.J. Singler hit four free throws in the final minute to give Oregon the lead and the Ducks held off Nebraska 83-76 Wednesday night.

Nebraska rallied from 15 points down with a 22-7 run, tying the game at 75 with 2:01 to play on Bo Spencer's layup. The Huskers stopped Oregon on its next possession, but Nebraska's Brandon Ubel was called for a foul and Singler hit his first pair of free throws to put Oregon back in the lead with 43 seconds remaining. The Ducks went 8 for 8 from the foul line in the final minute.

"As I told the team, you look at tonight's ballgames at any team that played and scored 76 points, and they probably won the basketball game," said Sadler. "Give our guys credit. They fought back and fought back and got right there tied and now it is a 50-50 ball and we give up an offensive rebound. Again, that is a credit to Oregon. They made the play and they didn't. As I told the team, we can sit here and look at total points and that. You're going to score a lot of points when you score 76 points. You won't win many games when you give up more than 76 at home and that is what we did. That was the ball game."

Garrett Sim led the Ducks (3-1) with 20 points. Singler had 14 points, Olu Ashaolu added 12 and Jeremy Jacob scored 10 points for Oregon.

"I think we just buckled down defensively. In the first half, we were giving them too many open threes and they were knocking them down," said Sim. "I think we just clamped down defensively and kept playing team basketball. I think we were making a lot of extra passes and good offensive plays for each other."

Jorge Brian Diaz scored 21 points to lead Nebraska (3-1). Dylan Talley scored 18 and Ubel had 15 for the Huskers.

"We just fought back. We never want to give up. We believe in each other; we believe in our team. We believe in coach and what he teaches us to do," said Talley. "There's going to be adversity, but you just have to play through it. Things started to turn tonight but we just didn't finish it.

"I think we played good defense. We played hard, but we fouled a lot and we didn't rebound as a team. We have up a lot of boards, and I know that hurt us. I think we played hard from the initial possession, but they just out toughed us tonight on the boards."


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