LUBBOCK, TEX. Charles Richardson was stunned to see the ball coming his way as the clock ticked down in Nebraska's win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
But he knew what to do with it. Richardson hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the Cornhuskers a 61-59 victory.
Tech's Charlie Burgess had saved the ball from going out of bounds with less than five seconds remaining and Nebraska down, 59-58.
"I thought he caught it and was going to throw it down the court to their basket," Richardson said. "But he threw it right to me like I was on their team."
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight had a different direction than down the court in mind.
"It would have been great if he'd just gotten it and thrown it up in the air," Knight said. "Then the game's over."
Nebraska had inbounded the ball at its end of the court with 18 seconds remaining and got it to Marcus Perry on the left side. His three-point attempt missed, but Aleks Maric tipped the rebound out to the right side. Burgess saved the ball from going out of bounds.
Instead, Richardson grabbed it and put it up from behind the arc for the Cornhuskers (14-8, 3-5 Big 12).
"We practice on last second shots every day before the game, and I was used to that situation," Richardson said.
Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said the win came because of grit, not good fortune.
"The last play was just luck, but we stuck in there to have a chance and that's not luck - that's just a team playing hard," he said. "I'm thankful that no more you can call timeout when you're jumping out of bounds."
Missouri 77, Iowa State 55
Ames, Iowa - Stefhon Hannah scored 15 points, Matt Lawrence added 13, and Missouri used a pair of 11-0 runs in the second half to beat Iowa State, 77-55, on Tuesday night.
Kalen Grimes added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (14-8, 3-6 Big 12), who shot 52.5 percent from the floor and snapped a seven-game road losing streak in Ames.
Iowa State (12-11, 3-6) pulled within 39-36 early in the second half, but the Tigers answered with their first 11-0 run and went up 14.