AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Royal Ivey hit a fallaway jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift 16th-ranked Texas to a 63-61 Big 12 Conference victory over Nebraska.
Ivey drove against Corey Simms, but pulled up 12 feet from the basket and calmly nailed the shot. Nebraska quickly inbounded the ball and Jake Muhleisen got off a shot from behind the arc that bounced off the rim as time expired.
"Coach (Barry) Collier's guys played hard, but our guys showed a lot of character and we were able to make big plays at the end of the game," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We knew that Royal was going to take the final shot because he had done a good job throughout the game making it into the lane with his penetration."
Ivey and reserve Kenny Taylor each scored 13 points to lead Texas (11-2, 2-0 Big 12), which extended its home winning streak to 25 games and improved to 8-0 all time against Nebraska in Austin.
"Nebraska hit their shots and played great team defense," Ivey said. "They knew what they had to do to make this a game. When you don't have a great shooting night, you must rely on your defense and that is what we did. Toward the end of the game, Nebraska pulled ahead but we were able to counter their shots."
Andrew Drevo had 23 points and six rebounds and John Turek added 10 points before fouling out for the Cornhuskers.
"We're a good defensive team and we played well," Drevo said. "We forced Texas into shots and didn't give up anything and I thought we rebounded well too. We're a good defensive team, so to play well we had to play good defense."
Nebraska (10-4, 0-3) shot just under 56 percent (10-of-18) in the second half.
"I told my guys they have to play like that all the time," Collier said. "We deserved to win just as much as Texas did, but only one team can win. We played good defense and they had to make shots, which they did, even the shot with Ivey was tough and he should get credit for it."
The Longhorns shot just 39 percent (23-of-59), but were better than 45 percent (10-of-22) from the arc. Jason Klotz scored nine points in 12 minutes off the bench as Texas' reserves outscored their counterparts, 32-16.
Texas led by as many as nine points, taking a 38-29 advantage when Klotz made two free throws with 16:10 remaining in the second half.
But the Longhorns went into a major funk, missing 14 straight attempts and Nebraska seized a 54-52 lead on a 3-pointer by Drevo with 2:55 left. Drevo hit a 3-pointer to give Nebraska a 59-55 lead with 2:03 to go.