Beau Reid, filled with doubts about playing basketball this season at Nebraska, didn't have any trouble deciding what to do when he got the ball with 2 seconds remaining against fifth-ranked Michigan State.
"I knew it was a long way out," Reid said, adding that he never thought about passing the ball before making a 23-footer Wednesday night. "I thought it was short when I shot it."But Reid, a 6-foot-8 guard, was wrong. He got to celebrate the shot of his life and a 71-69 victory.
"Deep down in my heart, I believed I would come back," said Reid, a graduate student hampered last season by reconstructive knee surgery. "But for a while there (last season), I wasn't sure.
Coach Danny Nee was thrilled.
"It was as good a win as I can remember," he said. "If it would've lasted another 30 seconds, the score would've been different."
But it wasn't, in part because Michigan State wasn't expecting Reid to shoot.
"We made a mistake," Spartan coach Jud Heathcote said. "We wanted to take the lob away from (NU center Rich) King. Look at the pros. Most times they lob it right back into the guy.
"This time Reid was ready and we were looking at King. He hit it. I was hoping it didn't go in, but it was nothing but net."
Two seasons ago, Reid was Nebraska's leading scorer with an 11.9 average. But a torn anterior cruciate ligament that required surgery in July 1989 limited him to just eight games last season, during which he averaged 3 points.
"It feels better," he said of the knee. "I feel like we have a good team this year. I think this win will get some respect for us."
No. 10 Indiana 70, Notre Dame 67
Pat Graham made four free throws in the final 18 seconds as the Hoosiers held on after rallying from a 12-point second-half deficit.
A 3-point attempt by Elmer Bennett, who scored 18 points, rolled off the rim at the buzzer and left the Irish (2-3) losers in eight of their last 10 games against the Hoosiers (3-1).
No. 11 Ohio St. 116, Delaware St. 67
Jim Jackson scored a career-high 29 points and the Buckeyes set a team offensive record.
The previous school record for points was set in a 112-89 victory over Butler in 1969 and matched in a 112-80 decision against Ohio University in 1972.
No. 13 Pitt 82, Siena 80
Pitt (3-0) narrowly escaped being upset by Siena (2-2) for the second time in three seasons when Jason Matthews scored four points in the last 79 seconds and Sean Miller added two free throws.
The Panthers took a 79-77 lead with 1:19 left to play when Matthews hit a 3-point shot from the corner. He added one of two foul shots with 31.5 seconds remaining and Miller made both of his with 10 seconds to go for an 82-77 lead.
No. 17 Georgia 124, W. Kentucky 65
Georgia used runs of 18 and 20 points in its second-best offensive showing ever.
The Bulldogs, who got 21 points from Jody Patton, 20 from Litterial Green and 17 from Rod Cole, scored more only in a 138-91 victory over Arkansas A&M to open the 1967-68 season.
No. 18 Oklahoma 81, Texas A&M 65
Kermit Holmes scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Hoosiers pulled away in the second half to spoil the home debut of new Texas A&M coach Kermit Davis.
Oklahoma (3-1) led 9-1, but the Aggies closed to 15-14. The Sooners increased their lead to 38-30 at halftime and Brent Price's 3-pointer early in the second half gave Oklahoma a 43-32 margin. The Aggies (1-2) were unable to get within 10 points thereafter.