The Huskers overcome a four-point deficit in the final three minutes by scoring each of its final five points at the free-throw line, as NU win just their fourth Big 12 opening in 15 years with a 63-62 win over visiting Iowa State.
The Huskere were down 62-58, with 2:07 left before Brandon Ubel hit two free throws to make it a two point game. Toney McCray made 2-of-4 attempts to tie the game with just over a minute remaining. Neither team was able to break the tie on its next possession, but Lance Jeter’s free throw with 0.4 seconds left gave the Huskers the edge.
Jeter combined with Ray Gallegos to steal the ball from ISU’s Diante Garrett, as the Cyclones were looking for a chance to break the tie, before Jeter drove the length of the court and was fouled as time expired. After a conference, the officiating crew ruled that he was fouled with 0.4 seconds remaining and was sent to the line for a pair of free throws.
Jeter hit the back end of the two, giving Nebraska (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) a one-point lead. Nebraska deflected Iowa State’s inbounds play, preserving the 11th straight win for Nebraska in front of a season-high crowd of 11,151 at the Devaney Center.