KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Keiton Page scored 16 points and Nebraska failed to get off a shot in the final seconds, allowing Oklahoma State to hold on for a 53-52 victory Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
Page, who led the Big 12 by shooting 90.2 percent from the foul line, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with only seconds left and Nebraska grabbed the rebound.
But Lance Jeter fell down under the Nebraska basket and the Cornhuskers could not get off a shot before the buzzer sounded and sent the Cowboys (19-12) into the second round against top-seeded and No. 2 Kansas.
Page drilled 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Cowboys the lead after Nebraska (19-12) had overcome horrific 22.6 percent first-half shooting and taken the lead against an Oklahoma State team that was almost equally as cold.
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Jeter led Nebraska with 17 points and Toney McCray and Brandon Ubel each had 11.
Marshall Moses had 10 for Oklahoma State, which improved to 9-0 in first-round Big 12 games.
With the loss, Nebraska's basketball program ended its tie to the Big 12, bringing a conclusion to an athletic association with some conference schools that stretched back more than a century. Next season, Nebraska joins the Big Ten.
Down by as many as 11 during a miserable first half, the Huskers finally got back even at 34-all on Ubel's bucket about six minutes into the second half.
Moses, in traffic, put the Cowboys on top 38-36 and then Ubel, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, drilled a 3-pointer and the Huskers took their first lead with 11:21 left.
Jeter hit a 3-pointer and a free throw, and the Huskers led 45-42. With 5:57 left, Jeter stole a pass and drove in. He missed a layup, but Caleb Walker was there for a putback, and the Huskers had their biggest lead at 48-44.
Page, a 30-percent 3-point shooter, then drilled back-to-back 3s and put the Cowboys ahead 50-48 with 3:52 to play. Moses, fighting for an offensive rebound, was fouled by Brandon Richardson and made one free throw to make it 51-48.
Markel Brown's two foul shots raised Oklahoma State's lead to 53-50 before McCray's uncontested dunk sliced the lead to 53-52.
Nebraska in the ragged first half made only 7-of-31 shots. The Huskers missed from both short and long range, making only two of 10 from behind the 3-point arc. McCray got a bucket off what appeared to be a banked dunk at the 12:37 mark, then Nebraska went almost five minutes without scoring until Jorge Brian Diaz scored on a goaltending call.
They did not get another field goal until Jeter drilled a 3-pointer at the 35-second mark, more than seven minutes later.
The Cowboys started hot, hitting their first five 3-pointers, but they also cooled off and finished the ugly-looking first half 10 for 22 from the field and 5 for 10 from beyond the arc, leading 30-21.