Singler, Oregon hold off Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — E.J. Singler hit four free throws in the final minute to give Oregon the lead and the Ducks held off Nebraska 83-76 Wednesday night.

Garrett Sim, who led the Ducks (3-1) with 20 points, and Tyrone Nared each made a pair of free throws as Oregon went 8 for 8 from the line to preserve the victory.

"We had the right guys shooting them," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Singler can shoot them and Garrett and Tyrone are seniors. We played our experienced guys tonight."

Nebraska rallied from 15 points down with a 22-7 run, tying the game at 75 with 2:01 to play on Bo Spencer's layup. The Huskers stopped Oregon on its next possession, but Nebraska's Brandon Ubel was called for a foul and Singler hit his first pair of free throws to put the Ducks ahead for good with 43 seconds remaining.

"We shoot a lot of free throws every day," Sim said. "We haven't been shooting free throws very well. But we made them tonight."

Singler had 14 points, Olu Ashaolu added 12 and Jeremy Jacob scored 10 points for Oregon.

Jorge Brian Diaz scored 21 points to lead Nebraska (3-1). Dylan Talley scored 18 and Ubel had 15 for the Huskers, who managed just one free throw in the final two minutes after drawing even.

Oregon scored seven straight points, capped by Tony Woods' layup, to take a 59-49 lead. The Ducks stretched the lead to 68-53 on Nared's 3-pointer with 10:27 to go.

But Nebraska got going on Diaz's hook shot and Ubel's 3-pointer, beginning the run that eventually tied the game.

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler credited the home crowd along with his players for the comeback rally.

"Give our guys credit," Sadler said. "They fought back and fought back and got right there, tied and (then) we give up an offensive rebound.

"They made the play and we didn't. You won't win many games when you give up more than 76 at home and that is what we did. That was the ballgame."

Altman, a Nebraska native who coached at Creighton until taking the Oregon job in 2010, said his team's struggles down the stretch were largely self-inflicted.

"We had a pretty good lead, but then we had a number of bad possessions, bad turnovers and bad shots," Altman said. "But we found a way. That's the important thing. It's a tough play to play. Any road win is a good win."

Altman is now 14-13 overall against Nebraska.

In addition, Altman is 4-4 all-time against teams from the Big Ten.

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