Nebraska 87, Kansas 83
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Clifford Scales and Carl Hayes scored 17 points each as 13th-ranked Nebraska used its height advantage to beat No. 12 Kansas 87-83 Saturday and advance to its first Big Eight title game.
Tony Farmer had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Cornhuskers (26-6) beat Kansas (22-7) for the second time in a week and moved into Sunday’s final against Missouri, a double-overtime winner over Oklahoma State.
The winner gets the Big Eight’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but Missouri is ineligible because it is on probation.
Nebraska outrebounded the Jayhawks 41-30 and had a great size advantage when Kansas center Mark Randall fouled out with 5:09 to play and the game tied 72-72.
Nebraska opened up an 82-77 lead with 3:15 after Randall left. The Jayhawks’ other big man, Mike Maddox, picked up his fifth foul with 2:39 remaining, but Kansas fought back to within 82-81 with 2:10 remaining on two free throws each by Alonzo Jamison and Steve Woodberry.
Nebraska then missed a shot and Kansas got the ball back. The shot clock was down to 3 seconds when Richard Scott put up a desperation shot that fell short, but Kansas rebounded.
Hayes knocked the ball away from Steve Woodberry and Keith Moody was fouled when he picked it up. Moody made two free throws with 34.8 seconds left to give Nebraska an 84-81 lead.
Kansas got to within 85-83 with 11.6 seconds left on a free throw by Adonis Jordan, but he missed his second try and Farmer rebounded.
Kansas led 31-18 with about nine minutes left in the first half after getting five points in one trip down the court when Nebraska coach Danny Nee was called for a technical foul.
But the Cornhuskers rallied, going on a 21-7 run that produced their first lead at 39-38 with 1:42 left in the first half.
The half ended in a 42-42 tie, and the two teams were tied at 62-62 with 11:24 to play in the second half and again at 72-72.
Terry Brown led Kansas with 17 points. Randall, Jordan and Scott each had 13.