Nebraska upsets Sooners in Big 12 quarterfinals
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jamel White scored a game-high 22 points,
including 9-of-10 from the foul line, to lead Nebraska to a 69-63 upset over
22nd-ranked Oklahoma in a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal contest at American
Jason Dourisseau totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Wes Wilkinson
chipped in 10 points for the Cornhuskers (19-12), who advance to Saturday’s
semifinals against Kansas.
Terrell Everett scored 14 points and dished out nine assists, while Austin
Johnson added 12 points and Kevin Bookout chipped in 10 points and eight
boards for the Sooners (20-8), who have now dropped back-to-back games.
The Cornhuskers scored the first six points of the second half, as White’s
jumper put them ahead, 29-27, but with the game tied at 36-36, Michael Neal
drilled a three-pointer and Johnson hit from long distance to give the Sooners
a six point advantage, 42-36, with 13:04 to play.
Marcus Perry dropped in a three with 8:54 left as the Cornhuskers took back
the lead, 46-44.
The lead changed hands numerous times before White hit a pair of freebies with
1:51 left to put the ‘Huskers up five, 61-56.
The Sooners came right back with a Bookout dunk followed by an Everett layup
with 1:04 left, making it a one-point game, 61-60.
White sank a big jumper with 42 seconds to go for the Cornhuskers, putting
them up 63-60. Everett missed a crucial three with 33 seconds left on the
ensuing possession and White was sent to the line, where he drained both free
throws to put the ‘Huskers up 65-60 with 29 seconds remaining. The Sooners
could not get closer than four points the rest of the way.
Nebraska jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Wilkinson sank a three-pointer 2:30 into
the game, but the Sooners came right back as Bookout’s layup started an 8-0
burst for Oklahoma and put the Sooners up 8-7.
The two teams swapped the lead several times in the first half before the
Sooners took a 27-23 lead into the locker room thanks to a David Godbold
Nebraska won both meetings between the two teams this season…The ‘Huskers
shot 25-of-32 from the foul line…The Sooners were 11-of-24 from beyond the
arc…Taj Gray had nine points and six rebounds for the Sooners.