Dec. 8, 2012
SEATTLE - The University of Nevada (5-4) men's basketball team built an 18-point advantage in the second half then had to hold to defeat Washington (4-4) 76-73 at Alaska Airlines Arena tonight. The score was identical to last season when the Wolf Pack knocked off the Huskies in overtime in Reno, Nev. The Pack improved to 5-4 while the Huskies fell to 4-4 on the season.
Nevada led 34-26 at halftime and built the advantage to 18, 53-35 with 14:36 to play in the game. The Huskies scored the next 12 points and eventually tied the score at 55 with 7:35 remaining on the clock. UW's only lead was 61-60 with 5:21 to go but Pack junior point guard Deonte Burton converted a three-point play and Nevada did not trail the rest of the night.
Burton hit back-to-back three-pointers with under three minutes to play to give the Pack a 73-68 advantage. Senior guard Malik Story closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws to push the lead to six, 76-70. C.J. Wilcox hit a three-pointer with two seconds to play to make the final score 76-73.
Burton finished with a game and team season-high 29 points. He was good on 10-of-17 field goals including three-of-five from behind the arc and six-of-seven free throws. Story finished with 15 points and grabbed a team and career-high eight rebounds. Devonte Elliott scored 11 points off the bench and had five rebounds.
Wilcox led four Huskies in double figures with 21 points and had seven rebounds. Scott Suggs (15), Abdul Gaddy (16), and Aziz N'Diaye (11) also reached double digits. Desmond Simmons finished the night with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Nevada shot 47.5 percent and held UW to 39.7 percent shooting in the game. The Huskies outrebounded the Pack 41-36.
Nevada begins a four-game homestand on Tuesday against Cal Poly (3-3) at 7 p.m.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada (5-4) defeated Washington (4-4) 76-73 to improve to 5-4 on the season.
The Wolf Pack's win snapped a two game losing skid.
The Pack defeated the Huskies by the same exact score last season in Reno, Nev., 76-73 in overtime. UW leads the series 6-3. The Pack won two of the three games in the three-game series.
Washington led just once in the game 61-60 with 5:21 to play but Burton's 3-point play gave Nevada back the lead with 5:08 to go and they did not trail again.
Deonte Burton finished with a season and team-high 29 points. Last season he scored a career-high 31 in the Pack's overtime victory over the Huskies.
Burton has scored in double figures the last eight games. It was the fifth time he posted a game-high this season, fourth time he scored 20 or more points in a game and sixth time he led the Pack in scoring in a game this year. Burton had a career-high six steals.
After tonight's game Burton moved into 17th in career scoring with 1,134 points. Malik Story's 15 points moved him into 19th with 1,108 career points.
Story has scored in double figures the last six games and seven times on the season. Story grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
Burton and Story have started all 76 games of their Nevada careers.
Nevada's bench outscored the Huskies 19-5. It was the fifth time the Pack's bench outscored an opponent. Nevada held a 24-14 advantage in points off turnovers.
Devonte Elliott scored in double figures for the third time this season finishing with 11 points. Nine of his points came in the second half. The 11 points was two points off his career high.
Nevada fourth-year head coach David Carter is now 67-43 at Nevada. The 67 wins are ninth most in school history.
Nevada returns home to begin a four-game homestand on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game with Cal Poly at Lawlor Events Center.