Nevada can't hold off Long Beach State, loses 80-77 in overtime

Jerry Evans, Jr. scored 21 points against Long Beach State

Dec. 29, 2013

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada led by five points (67-62) with 1:02 left to play, but Michael Caffey hit a 3-pointer for Long Beach State at the regulation buzzer to tie up the score, and the 49ers grabbed an 80-77 overtime victory over Nevada Saturday night.

A 3-pointer by Long Beach State's Branford Jones cut the 5-point difference to two and Caffey's 3-pointer after a free throw by the Wolf Pack sent the game into overtime.

Jerry Evans, Jr. scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds for Nevada (5-8). The Wolf Pack committed two turnovers in the final 2:35 of regulation and finished with 18 in the game.

Caffey finished with 26 points, four in overtime, and Tyler Lam added 17 as Long Beach State (4-9) won its first away game of the season. The 49ers are on a three-game winning streak after losing nine in a row.

Nevada men's basketball postgame notes

Nevada is 5-8 after falling 80-77 to Long Beach State (4-9) at home in overtime tonight.

The Wolf Pack is 1-1 in overtime games this season.

Nevada's crowd of 7,141 is the largest of the season.

Nevada opens Mountain West play on Wednesday at San Jose State at 7 p.m.

Nevada is now 2-4 at home and 2-6 in the last eight games.  

Senior Jerry Evans, Jr. scored 21 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to post his first career double-double.  Evans led the Pack in scoring for the fourth time this season.

Evans has four career games of scoring 20 or more points and all have come in the last six games.

Evans has scored in double figures the last five games and 11 times this season.

Tonight marked the seventh time this season that four Pack players scored in double figures in game; Evans, Jr. (21), Deonte Burton (19), Cole Huff (16) and Michael Perez (11).

Huff scored a career-high 16 points.

Burton has scored 19 or more points in all 13 games this season.
Burton leads NCAA I in minutes played and tied his career high playing all 45 minutes tonight.  He has played every minute of the last four games and missed just one minute in the five games.  The one minute came at UC Davis when he played 44-of-45 minutes of the 87-81 overtime victory.  He also played all 40 minutes at Bakersfield.

Junior forward AJ West made his first career start in just his second game at Nevada.

Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season and reached double figures for the fourth consecutive game.  It was his ninth double figure scoring game of the season.

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