For the second time in as many games, Nebraska was handed a loss by a Pac-10 foe despite allowing just 64 points. The Huskers fell to 6-2 on the season after Oregon State escaped with a 64-63 win Saturday night in Corvalis, Ore.
With just 8.3 seconds remaining in the game, OSU's Daniel Deane made a pair of free throws to give the Beavers a one-point lead at 64-63. A last-second 12-foot jumper by senior guard Ade Dagunduro fell short as time expired, and hand the Huskers their second straight loss.
Omari Johnson led the way for the Beavers (2-5) with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, as Oregon State picked up its second win since snapping a 25-game losing streak on Nov. 30.
Calivin Haynes finished with 14 points for the Beavers, and Deane had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dagunduro led Nebraska (6-2) with 16 points.
Trailing 61-59 late in the game, Deane made two free throws to put the Beavers up by one. Dagunduro put NU back up 63-62 with 10.9 seconds remaining. On OSU's ensuing possession, though, Deane was fouled while attempting the go-ahead shot, and he hit both free throws to put the Beavers up for good.
Sophomore guard [db]Cookie Miller missed a desperation shot that ended up out of bounds with 1.1 seconds left to go, and Dagunduro's final attempt was unsuccessful as time expired.
Once again, the Huskers struggled against a zone defense, as they shot just 41 percent from the field in the loss. Despite saying all week that they couldn't afford to live and die by the 3-point shot, the Huskers shot just 5-of-19 from 3-point range.
Senior Steve Harley and redshirt freshman Toney McCray both finished with 13 points for Nebraska, while senior Paul Velander scored nine points in his first start of the season.
Along with Velander, redshirt freshman forward Alonzo Edwards made his second start of the season, as head coach Doc Sadler decided to shake up his starting lineup for Saturday's game. Dagunduro and junior Sek Henry both came off the bench after starting every previous game this season.
The Huskers will look to get back on the winning track next Saturday, when they play host to Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW) at the Devaney Sports Center at 7 p.m.
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