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Big 12 Roundup: Nebraska knocks off No. 3 Texas

February 20, 2011

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Nebraska 70, No. 3 Texas 67

Count Texas among those impressed by Nebraska’s upset of the Longhorns.

Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal the Cornhuskers’ victory on Saturday. Nebraska hadn’t beaten a team ranked in the top three since knocking off No. 3 Missouri, 98-91, in the 1994 Big Eight Conference tournament.

After Texas’ three-point attempt fell short at the buzzer, Nebraska students stormed the court and hoisted players on their shoulders.

“Man, what a great game,” Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said. “How can you not be excited? It’s a great day for us.”

The Cornhuskers’ second win over a Top 25 opponent this season broke Texas’ school record Big 12 winning streak at 11 games. Nebraska downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M, 57-48, on Jan. 29.

Texas coach Rick Barnes said this one wasn’t a fluke.

“There’s no question Nebraska deserves all the credit because they were a terrific team today,” he said. “Doc Sadler is one of the great guys in this business, and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. If this helps them to the NCAA Tournament, then it would be great for him. The fans were great, and they definitely deserved to win the game.”

No. 20 Missouri 76, Iowa State 70

Ames, Iowa — Marcus Denmon scored 25 points as the Tigers won their first Big 12 road game of the season and first game away from Columbia since December.

Laurence Bowers added 16 for the Tigers (21-6, 7-5 Big 12), who shot 19-of-24 from the free-throw line, including four straight to go ahead 66-60 with 3:27 left.

Jake Anderson had 17 points for Iowa State (14-13, 1-11), which lost its ninth straight.

No. 21 Texas A&M 67, Oklahoma State 66

Stillwater, Okla. — David Loubeau scored 22 points, and B.J. Holmes hit two key free throws in the final seconds as the Aggies continued their recent dominance against the Cowboys.

Texas A&M (21-5, 8-4 Big 12) maintained its hold on third place in the conference standings and extended its winning streak to four games. The Aggies have won three straight against Oklahoma State (16-10, 4-8) and four of the last five in the series.

Kansas State 77, Oklahoma 62

Manhattan — Kansas State star Jacob Pullen insisted he didn’t really have an answer, but his wry smile told a different story.

After torching top-ranked Kansas for 38 points Monday night, Pullen poured in 27 more Saturday to lead Kansas State. Ten came in a late 14-0 run that put the game away.

So Pullen’s 65 points and two wins made for a pretty good week. As for explaining his hot streak, Pullen was less effective.

“I don’t know, man,” he said. “The ball’s just going in for me. Just finding a rhythm.”

Texas Tech 78, Baylor 69

Waco, Texas — Brad Reese scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime, and short-handed Texas Tech snapped a four-game losing streak.

John Roberson added 16 points for the Red Raiders (12-15, 4-8 Big 12), while David Tairu had 12. Robert Lewandowski had 12 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Mike Singletary, Tech’s top rebounder and No. 2 scorer, was out due to a calf injury.

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