Nebraska's Lance Jeter passes the ball over the defense of Missouri's Ricky Kreklow (2) and Matt Pressey (3) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, March 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) By Nati Harnik
Missouri's Marcus Denmon (12) drives around Nebraska's Caleb Walker in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, March 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) By Nati Harnik
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away from No. 22 Missouri for a 69-58 victory Tuesday night.
It was the last regular-season Big 12 home game for Nebraska (19-10, 7-8), which moves to the Big Ten next season.
The Tigers (22-8, 8-7) dropped to 1-7 in Big 12 road games and had a dent put in their hopes to finish in the top four in the conference and earn a bye in the first round of next week's league tournament.
The Huskers won for the first time in five regular-season meetings with Missouri and denied coach Mike Anderson his 200th career win.
Jorge Brian Diaz had 14 points, Toney McCray 13 and Brandon Ubel 11 for the Huskers.
Marcus Denmon had 16 of his 19 points in the second half and Michael Dixon finished with 13 for Missouri. Laurence Bowers, averaging 17.3 points over his last three games, was held to eight.
The Huskers outscored the Tigers 14-2 from the free throw line. Missouri didn't get to the line until 4:40 was left in the game.
The teams combined for 34 turnovers.
Denmon, saddled by foul trouble and limited to 7 minutes in the first half, scored eight points the first 2 minutes of the second half to give Missouri a brief lead.
Jeter started the Huskers' decisive 17-2 run with a nice pass to Drake Beranek for a layup, and then he made a 3-pointer before Ubel's three-point play. Beranek's 3-pointer with 10:34 left pushed Nebraska's lead to double digits.
Jeter, who scored a career-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds in Saturday's overtime loss at Iowa State, added seven rebounds and seven assists.
The way the game started, it looked like the score would be something out of the peach basket era. Missouri was held 25 points under its season average of 83 and matched its season low.
The Huskers missed 13 of their first 17 shots from the field and the Tigers nine of their first 14. They combined for 12 turnovers in the first 12 minutes and 22 in the first half.
Nebraska muddled along with just 12 points over the opening 15:50, then scored 15 the last 4:10 of the half to lead 27-25. It was the Tigers' fewest points in a first half this season, and they fell to 0-8 when trailing at halftime.
A 14-2 run turned the Huskers' 17-12 deficit into a 26-19 lead. Jeter started it with a steal and length-of-the-court drive he finished with a behind-the-back dribble and layin. Brandon Richardson delivered a pass underneath to Diaz for an easy basket, then sneaked through the lane to take a backdoor pass from Andre Almeida for another bunny. McCray's 3-pointer finished the spurt.
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