Nebraska hands No. 16 Texas its third straight loss

  • Associated Press
  • Saturday, February 7, 2009 3:06pm
  • SportsSports

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ade Dagunduro made a rare 3-pointer with 50 seconds left and finished with 17 points to help Nebraska overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half and upset No. 16 Texas 58-55 on Saturday.

It was the third straight loss for Texas (15-7, 4-4 Big 12).

Nebraska (15-7, 5-4) took sole possession of fourth place in the league with its third straight win, with students rushing the floor and chanting “Go Big Red” after the final buzzer.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne made his way to the floor at the end of the game to shake hands with teary-eyed coach Doc Sadler.

It looked as if the Longhorns were in full control after going on a 24-4 run spanning the end of the first and start of the second halves.

But the Huskers went on a 16-3 spurt over a five-minute stretch of the second half to lead 48-45. Cookie Miller made a long 3-pointer just before the shot clock ran out to give the Huskers a 46-45 lead with 6:18 left.

Toney McCray put Nebraska up 53-52 with 1:43 left, and then he came up with a big rebound after an A.J. Abrams miss.

Then Dagunduro, who hadn’t attempted a 3-pointer in three games and had made only five all season, launched one from the left wing to give the Huskers a four-point lead in the final minute.

Abrams led Texas with 16 points. Damion James added 13 and Johnson 12.

The Longhorns came into the game off home losses to Kansas State and Missouri by a total of eight points, and they started shaky against the Huskers.

Texas, which hadn’t lost three in a row since the 2004-05 season, committed five turnovers in the 4 four minutes and found itself down eight points with 7 minutes left in the first half.

Abrams, the Big 12’s all-time in 3-pointers, hit the first of his four shots from behind the arc to start the 24-4 Texas run that put the Longhorns up 34-22 early in the second half.

The Huskers made a couple runs before finally getting the lead. After Dagunduro hit his 3-pointer for a four-point lead, he broke out into a wide smile while pointing his index fingers toward the ceiling as he ran back to play defense.

Texas had a couple shots at the end, but Abrams had three defenders in his face as he shot a 3-pointer that barely drew iron, and Justin Mason was well short with a 3 at the buzzer.

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