Nebraska 81, Washington 76
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Brian Carr scored seven points in the final minute Saturday to lift Nebraska past Washington 81-76 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
Carr made a 3-point shot with 33 seconds left to put Nebraska ahead to stay, 75-73. The senior guard added two free throws with 14 seconds left and two more with seven seconds to go.
A turnover by Washington, which had rallied from a 57-44 deficit midway through the second half, and two free throws by Nebraska’s Henry Buchanan sewed up the victory.
When the game ended, Nebraska fans swarmed onto the court as Frank Sinatra’s ″New York, New York″ was played over the public address system.
An NIT official said the Cornhuskers’ opponent for Tuesday’s semifinals in New York would be announced later Saturday.
Carr and Derrick Vick scored 17 points each for Nebraska. Buchanan and Bernard Day had 15 each.
Greg Hill led Washington with 25 points, including three straight 3-point shots to start the Huskies’ comeback.
Chris Welp scored 18 points and Phil Zevenbergen 12. They were two of four Washington players to foul out.
Nebraska is 20-11 oveall and 15-2 at home. Washington ended its season with a 20-15 record.
Washington took its first lead 65-64 with 5:04 left on two free throws by Al Moscatel. The Huskies took their last lead, 73-72, when Eldridge Recasner made two free throws with 50 seconds to go.
Five Nebraska players scored during an 8-1 spurt that gave the Cornhuskers an early 12-5 lead. They were ahead the rest of the half and led 36-30 at halftime.
Zevenbergen scored six points as Washington tied the game at 40 with 17 minutes left.
Buchanan hit a 3-point goal with 14:17 to go to break a 44-44 tie and start a string of 13 straight Nebraska points.
The Cornhuskers led 57-44 before Hill started Washington’s comeback with a 3-pointer.
A noisy sellout crowd of 14,460 attended the game.