Nebraska stuns No. 11 IndianaJan 19, 2012 - 4:19 AM Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to lift the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the 11th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, 70-69.
Trailing by three, 69-66, with 39.5 seconds to play, Bo Spencer missed a three-pointer for Nebraska. Dylan Talley pulled down and a key offensive rebound and put in a layup with 23.8 ticks to make it a one-point contest.
Jordan Hulls missed a free throw at the other end and Brandon Richardson came down with the defensive rebound. Diaz was fouled while going up for a layup and made both foul shots, giving the Cornhuskers a 70-69 lead with 11 ticks left.
"We call that play handback. We have run it three or four times and it's a guard wing entry," Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler said. "It's a moving screen and (Toney) McCray sets enough of a screen to knock a guy off. He was able to turn the corner and they came over and again, it was a very unselfish basketball play that Bo (Spencer) made to (Jorge) Brian (Diaz). I wish he would have made it and then made the free-throws but they executed it."
Hulls grabbed his own rebound after putting a layup off the bottom of the rim. A wild three-point attempt from Hulls was off the mark as time expired.
Spencer had 23 points for the Cornhuskers (10-8, 2-5 Big Ten), who had lost five of six.
Cody Zeller ended with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers (15-4, 3-4), who have lost three in a row. Hulls had 12 points.
"First off, this league has 12 teams that can play with anybody," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said. "We're one of them, as is Nebraska. I don't know who I said it to yesterday, but you can't get too concerned with records with anybody in this league right now. We certainly never played Nebraska like they'd won one game. We knew how good they were."
Indiana made its first visit to Lincoln since 1942.
Holding a 27-26 lead with 6:52 left in the first half, Zeller scored five straight points to extend Indiana's margin to six.
Nebraska was able to stay within striking distance and trailed 41-34 at the break.
The Hoosiers put together an 8-0 run early in the second half to build a 49-36 lead on Zeller's slam with 15:10 to play.
The Cornhuskers used a 6-0 spurt moments later to cut the gap to 51-44 with 12:53 remaining.
Down 63-52 with 6:38 left, Nebraska went on a 14-4 run to make things close. After Talley blocked Matt Roth's three-point attempt, Richardson capped the surge with two free throws to cut the gap to 67-66 with 38 seconds to play.
Indiana had won seven straight over Nebraska, but has still taken eight of 10 in this all-time series. These teams met for the first time since 1982...Indiana shot 51 percent from the field.
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