With the Seminoles leading by just four, 42-38, Jason Rich started the decisive run with a steal and dunk at the 13:21 mark. Andrew Wilson, who earned game MVP honors after hitting 4-of-5 from long range to score 15 points off the bench, then sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around an Al Thornton basket to give FSU a 52-38 lead just two minutes later. Isaiah Swan and Ralph Mimms converted layups to put FSU ahead 56-38 at the 9:29 mark before McCray's 3-pointer in transition following a Jason Dourisseau steal ended the run and cut the lead to 56-41.
The Seminoles continued to dictate the pace in the second period as they used a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 24 points, 71-47, with just under three minutes remaining. Down the stretch, the Huskers continued to trap and push the tempo, and ended the contest on a 13-3 run, including five points from McCray and four by Dourisseau.
Both teams had trouble taking care of the ball
as the Huskers finished with 22 turnovers while FSU had 20 miscues. The
Seminoles' 15 steals turned into 20 points off turnovers and a number of other
shot attempts that led to free throws.
Despite the fouls, the Huskers raced to a 12-4 lead with 13:08 to play on Jamel White's 3-pointer from the corner. The Huskers forced FSU, which came into the game shooting better than 51 percent from the floor as a team this year, to miss 10 of its first 12 attempts from the field, as it had just one basket in the first seven minutes.
The Huskers got within one point, 22-21, on Bronsen
Schliep's jumper from the free throw line with 6:07 left but FSU used a 7-2 run
to open a 29-23 lead.
McCray led the Huskers with 14 points including hitting 4-of-7 shots in the second period with 3-of-5 coming from 3-point range. McCray added seven rebounds on the game and Dourisseau led the Huskers with a season-high tying 11 boards to go with nine points. B.J. Walker was NU's only other double-figure scorer with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Swann scored a game-high 16 points for the