Feb. 12, 2003
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Victor Williams scored 11 of his 25 points during a key second-half run to lead No. 13 Oklahoma State past Nebraska 77-70 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State (19-3, 8-1 Big 12) trailed 30-25 at halftime but took the lead at 34-32 when Melvin Sanders threw an inbounds pass off the back of a Nebraska player, retrieved the ball and made a layup.
Nebraska (9-13, 1-8) went back ahead at 50-47 on Brian Conklin's 3-pointer with nine minutes left. Oklahoma State then went on a 22-8 run, and Williams made consecutive baskets to give the Cowboys the lead for good with 8:09 left.
The Cornhuskers made just one basket - another 3-pointer by Conklin - in the next seven minutes as the Cowboys opened up a 69-58 lead. Williams ended the run with a jumper with 1:51 remaining.
Nebraska made a last-minute rally, cutting the lead to six on Brennon Clemmons' 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. Oklahoma State threw the ball away on its next possession, but Nebraska's John Turek missed a 3-pointer, then two free throws.
Clemmons scored 21 points to lead the Cornhuskers, who have lost six straight. Nate Johnson added 17.
Ivan McFarlin scored 17 for Oklahoma State, while Sanders had 16.
The Cowboys bounced back from Sunday's 61-50 loss at Cincinnati, in which they shot 34 percent from the floor. They shot 61 percent in the first half Wednesday night and 47 percent for the game; Nebraska shot 38 percent.
Oklahoma State also had a 48-35 rebounding advantage.