NORMAN — Nearly everyone inside Lloyd Noble Center thought Oklahoma senior guard Cade Davis tied the game with a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to force overtime.
Even the Cornhuskers thought the game was tied. That's why Nebraska senior guard Lance Jeter dribbled the length of the court to shoot a 25-footer that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Officials, though, ruled Davis' shot was only a 2-point basket, which allowed Nebraska to escape with a 59-58 win Wednesday night.
An estimated crowd of 4,750 chanted, “Three! Three!” while officials looked at courtside television monitors after the game ended. When officials ruled there would be no overtime, everyone was stunned.
“I thought we were going into overtime, another five minutes, here we go,” Davis said. “As soon as they went over (to the monitors), I was like, ‘Ah crap.' It's a tough way to lose.”
Trailing 59-56, the Sooners had 16 seconds to run a play. With the Cornhuskers closely guarding Steven Pledger, he passed to Davis, who dribbled forward to create separation from Nebraska guard Caleb Walker. Davis stepped back and fired a shot that hit nothing but net.
“I thought I knew where I was on the floor,” Davis said. “I automatically assumed it was a three. Maybe it seemed that way because I had to fade back with a hand in my face... I never really looked down. I was just concentrating on stepping back and getting my shot.”
It was a bizarre ending to a game that featured 17 lead changes and eight ties.
“I thought it was three, obviously, because if it wasn't we would have fouled,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. “I think everyone thought it was a three.
Wednesday's box score