Nebraska 83, Texas A&M 77
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Nate Johnson scored 19 points, including all four of his free throws in the final minute, to lead Nebraska to an 83-77 victory over Texas A&M Wednesday night.
Nebraska (13-7, 3-6 Big 12) only hit two field goals in the last 14 minutes of play, but hit 25 of 26 free throws over the same stretch to outlast A&M for the lead.
The two teams combined for 71 free throws and 55 fouls over the course of the game with 52 of those shots and 37 of the fouls occurring in the second half.
Texas A&M (7-13, 0-9) lost its ninth straight game. The Aggies were led by Jesse King’s 18 points and seven rebounds.
Nebraska took an early 8-1 lead as A&M missed its first six shots. Johnson scored eight points early in the half to build the Nebraska lead, forcing A&M to play catch-up for the rest of half as Nebraska shot 52 percent from the field.
Back-to-back scores from Acie Law along with just three Nebraska points in the final five minutes of the first period opened the door for the Aggies. A last second shot by Bobby Leach gave A&M a 33-32 halftime edge, its first lead of the game.
The lead was shortlived as the Huskers opened the second half on an 18-3 run to take a 50-36 lead.
Nebraska’s fast start hit a road block midway through the second half, as the Cornhuskers could not get any open looks and kept heading to the line.
A&M trailed by as little as three with 1:04 remaining when Andrew Drevo left the game with a bloody nose. Drevo had 18 points and nine rebounds for Nebraska.
Nebraska hit all eight of its free throws in the final minute to hold on to the win.