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.