LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Linas Kleiza hit a pair of free throws with
35 seconds remaining Saturday to seal Missouri's 56-53
come-from-behind win over Nebraska.
Missouri (13-13, 5-8 Big 12) trailed by as many as nine in the
first half and never led by more than five in taking its first win
in 10 games on the road this season. Nebraska (11-12, 4-8) has now
lost eight of its last 10 conference games.Missouri trailed by eight early in the second half, but put
together a 9-2 run to take a 42-37 lead on Kevin Young's tip-in
with 11:08 left. Nebraska cut the lead to one on Joe McCray's
3-pointer with 6:35 left that made the score 45-44.But the Tigers stayed in front, matching Nebraska basket for
basket for the next four minutes. A McCray 3-pointer pulled
Nebraska back within one at 52-51 with 2:16 left. But McCray missed
the first free throw in a one-and-one opportunity with 1:34 that
could have given the Huskers the lead.Young's jumper off a drive in the lane put the Tigers up 54-51
with 1:15 left. McCray missed another free throw, but Nebraska's
Aleks Maric pulled down the rebound and hit a hook shot in the
lane.Kleiza's free throws put Missouri up 56-53 with 35 seconds left.
McCray missed a pair of 3-pointers on Nebraska's next possession.Jason Horton missed the front end of a one-and-one for Missouri
with 9 seconds left that could have put the game away. But
Nebraska's Marcus Neal Jr. forced up a shot from the 3-point line
that failed to hit the rim.Nebraska got in front by holding Missouri without a field goal
for more than six minutes late in the first half. The Huskers put
up 11 unanswered points during that stretch, capped by an Alex
Maric 8-foot jump shot that made the score 23-14 with 3:05 left in
the half.Kleiza led Missouri with 15 points. Thomas Gardner had 10 for
the Tigers.Maric and Jason Dourisseau scored 13 each to lead Nebraska.
McCray had 12 for the Huskers and John Turek added 10.