Penn St. 65, Nebraska 59
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Rahsaan Carlton scored eight of Penn State’s final 10 points Tuesday night, rallying the Nittany Lions past Nebraska 65-59 in the second round of the NIT.
In a game between seventh-place finishers in the Big Eight and Big Ten, the Penn State took its first lead of the second half with 6:38 remaining when Pete Lisicky hit his second consecutive 3-pointer to make it 55-53.
Mikki Moore, who scored all 15 of his points in the second half, later hit two free throws to put Nebraska back in front. Then Carlton, who had been on the bench with four fouls, returned and hit a long jumper to give Penn State the lead for good.
Carlton led Penn State (19-10) with 19 points, Dan Earl had 14 and John Amaechi added 12.Nebraska (18-14) received 11 points, all in the first half, from Jaron Boone.
The first half ended 36-36 when Greg Bartrum of Penn State hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Nittany Lions were 8 of 16 from long range in the first half, but made only four 2-point baskets and four free throws.
Nebraska threatened to break the game open early in the second half. Moore scored the first eight points in a 12-0 run as Nebraska took a 48-36 lead. But then the Huskers went cold, scoring just 11 points in the final 16 minutes, missing open shots and layups.
Penn State fought back with two 3-pointers from Earl and a basket by Amaechi, cutting Nebraska’s lead to 48-44 with 13:03 left.