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SMU beats Cal 67-65, heads to Garden for NIT semis
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SMU forward Markus Kennedy (5) dunks between California guard Justin Cobbs (1) and forward Christian Behrens (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the NIT, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)
March 26, 2014, 11:25 pm

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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