NORMAN, Okla. (AP)—Michael Neal scored 20 points and Nate Carter added 19 to lead Oklahoma to a 70-53 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Neal connected on six 3-pointers, including one with 39 seconds left in the first half that gave the Sooners a 30-26 halftime lead. Before that bucket, the lead had changed hands 10 times during the final 11 minutes of the half.
Oklahoma (10-6, 2-2 Big 12 Conference) carried the momentum into the second half, during which the Sooners never relinquished the lead. The Sooners eventually used a 16-3 run—sparked by 11 points from Carter—to build a 54-37 advantage with 10:50 left.
Nebraska (11-5, 0-2) got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way. Marcus Perry had four 3-pointers and led the Cornhuskers with 14 points.
The Sooners started fast behind Neal’s long-range shooting. The senior guard buried a pair of 3-pointers to give the hosts an 11-2 edge less than five minutes into the game.
Nebraska answered with a 14-2 run that gave the Cornhuskers their first lead at 16-13 with 10:35 left in the half. A pair of 3-pointers from Jamel White sparked that rally.
Moments later, a 3-pointer by Austin Johnson put Oklahoma back on top 18-16 and started a seesaw battle during which the teams took equal turns with the lead. A driving bucket by Carter gave the Sooners the lead for good at 27-26.
Taylor Griffin sandwiched a pair of buckets around a Carter put-back to help get the Sooners off to a good start in the second half start.
After the Huskers trimmed the lead to 38-34 on a 3-pointer by Charles Richardson, Carter went to work, converting two 3-point plays during a two-minute span that stretched the lead to 47-37 with 13:16 left. Oklahoma built its lead to 22 points at one point.
Oklahoma, playing without suspended starting center Longar Longar, outrebounded Nebraska 37-21 and shot 46.9 percent from the field, while Nebraska hit 34.9 percent of its shots.