SMU Eliminates Cal, Advances to NIT Semifinals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DALLAS (AP) - Nic Moore made a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left to lift SMU past California 67-65 on Wednesday night and into the NIT semifinals.

Moore's shot provided one more dose of Moody Magic, sending Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs (26-9) to Madison Square Garden.

SMU regained the lead for the first time in more than 8 minutes when Nick Russell, one of two Mustangs seniors, made a reverse layup with 36 seconds left.

With the sellout crowd on its feet - jumping up and down while screaming their loudest - Justin Cobbs made a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to put the Golden Bears (21-14) ahead.

Cobbs had one more chance, but his game-ending shot ricocheted off the rim as he fell to the ground.


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