Nebraska Upsets No. 16 Oregon in Overtime Thriller
Dec. 15, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -Aleks Maric scored 23 points, including a putback that broke open the game in overtime, and Nebraska overcame 16th-ranked Oregon's 3-point barrage to beat the Ducks 88-79 Saturday.
The Cornhuskers (8-2) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Oregon (8-2) kept coming back behind Tajuan Porter, who scored 29 points and made seven of the Ducks' season-high 14 3-pointers.
Porter's last 3-pointer, with 9.1 seconds left, sent the game to overtime.
The Huskers got strong support at the Qwest Center, 60 miles from their campus in Lincoln. After the final buzzer, hundreds of students rushed the court from their end zone seats and high-fived Nebraska players as they made their way to their locker room.
The victory was coach Doc Sadler's second win in five games against a Top 25 opponent in his two seasons at Nebraska.
Ryan Anderson gave the Huskers the lead for good with a 3-pointer to open overtime. Anderson finished with 21 points, but his biggest contributions may have come on defense. He was assigned to guard Oregon forward Marty Leunen, who came in averaging 16 points, and held him to two.
Maric struggled inside late in the second half and in overtime, but he put back Sek Henry's miss to put Nebraska up 83-77.
Anderson hit four free throws after that to finish off the Ducks.