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SMU beats Cal 67-65 on late shot, sending Mustangs to Madison Square Garden for NIT semis

  • California forward David Kravish (45) defends as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) drives to the basket 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)

    California forward David Kravish (45) defends as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) drives to the basket 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • SMU coach Larry Brown questions a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against California in the quarterfinals of the NIT, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

    SMU coach Larry Brown questions a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against California in the quarterfinals of the NIT, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)  (The Associated Press)

  • California guard Jabari Bird (23) shoots as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) defends 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)

    California guard Jabari Bird (23) shoots as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) defends 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)  (The Associated Press)

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.