Red Raiders Beaten at Nebraska
Feb. 25 ,1998
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Tyronn Lue scored 23 points and had seven assists and four steals as quick-starting Nebraska won its fifth straight game, an 82-65 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Playing amid published reports this week that he might leave school for the NBA, the junior point guard outdueled Texas Tech's Cory Carr in a battle of the top two scorers in the Big 12.
The win assured the Cornhuskers (18-10, 9-6 Big 12) of no worse than the fourth seed in next week's Big 12 tournament. It also gave Nebraska its first winning record in league play since going 8-6 in the Big Eight in 1992-93.
This one was decided early, and Texas Tech (13-12, 7-8) offered little resistance.
Lue scored eight points during Nebraska's 11-2 opening run. The Huskers converted a series of steals into fast-break baskets, leading 20-6 midway through the first half after two free throws by Chad Johnson.
Carr, leading the Big 12 with 24.1 points per game, missed his first four shots and had another attempt blocked before hitting a 3-pointer - his first field goal - near the 6-minute mark to trim the deficit to 25-17.
But Venson Hamilton scored a tip-in basket and Lue, who averages 21.3 points per game, made a steal and split two defenders for a layup. Lue added two free throws and a driving score, and the Huskers led 33-17.
Nebraska was ahead 42-24 at halftime and the Red Raiders never trimmed the margin below 16 points in the second half. Nonetheless, a near-capacity crowd of 10,694 stayed to watch what could have been Lue's final home performance.
With three minutes left, fans chanted "One more year," each time Lue had the ball. Nebraska coach Danny Nee pulled four of his starters, but Lue stayed in until fouling out with 1:41 to play.
As he walked to the Nebraska bench, Lue raised his arms and waved to the crowd, who expressed their thanks with a thunderous ovation.
Carr led the Red Raiders with 19 points, while Cliff Owens added 10.
Cookie Belcher scored 12 points for Nebraska.