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Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 1:44 AM EST
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Hawaii 84, Nebraska 83

HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Hawaii advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, getting 21 points from Jason Carter en route to an 84-83 victory over Nebraska.

Jeff Blackett added 17 points and Julian Sensley chipped in 13 for Hawaii (19-12), which survived a see-saw battle that featured 17 3-pointers.

The Rainbow Warriors led most of the way, building a 49-30 cushion on a dunk by Blackett 84 seconds before halftime. But a 20-2 surge closed Nebraska within 51-50 with 16:17 to play.

Brian Conklin made three straight 3-pointers in the burst. Marcus Neal hit another with 14:45 remaining, giving the Cornhuskers (20-12) their first lead of the game, 55-54.

After Carter sank consecutive 3-pointers to restore a five-point lead for Hawaii, Conklin answered with two of his own, giving Nebraska a 61-60 edge with 12:24 to go.

Michael Kuebler converted a three-point play on the Warriors' next possession, giving them the lead for good, 63-61, with 11:35 remaining. It also started a 10-0 run that Blackett finished with consecutive jumpers.

After Kuebler missed a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, the Cornhuskers had two chances to tie it. But Marcus Neal Jr. and Conklin both missed 3-pointers.

Kuebler scored 12 points for the Warriors, who shot 60 percent from the field (30-of-50).

Conklin finished with 24 points for Nebraska, which shot 55 percent (32-of-58).

Hawaii visits Michigan on Wednesday.

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