Nevada coaches, fans, and players must all be getting comfortable with games in overtime. Three of the Wolf Pack's last four games have gone into at least one extra period and today against the Falcons was no different.
Air Force, playing without leading scorer Tre' Coggins, struggled mightily in the first half to score the ball. The Falcons where 1-18 from three point range in the first half leading to a 31-18 Nevada lead at the break.
After the half Air Force put in a full court press that dropped back into a 2-3 zone. The Wolf Pack instead of attacking the zone, settled for too many threes, and missing these shots lead to the Falcons being able get back into the game. In fact Air Force closed the gap to 33-31 just five minutes into the half. The rest of the half was back and forth between the two teams.
With 28.2 seconds left in regulation Nevada had the ball down 54-52 after an Air Force turnover on an inbounds pass. This led to Nevada point guard Deonte Burton getting a chance to either tie or win the game, but he airmailed a three. Luckily for Nevada, sophomore forward Cole Huff was there for an offensive rebound and put back to tie the game. The Falcons then pushed the ball to the Nevada end of the court, but an errant pass lead to a turnover with 6.7 left remaining on the clock. Burton then had another shot to end the game but missed a long three as the time expired.
In overtime the Wolf Pack, behind the offensive rebounding and shot blocking of center AJ West, dominated the Falcons outscoring them 15-2 in the period.
The win improved Nevada's record to 12-10 (7-2) and Air Force fell to 9-11 (3-6). The Wolf Pack have a tough week ahead with road games against Utah State and San Diego State, while the Falcons have a much easier week with home games against Fresno State and Colorado State.
Key Players of the Game
Nevada Center AJ West- 10 points 12 rebounds 4 blocks
Nevada Guard Jerry Evans Jr.- 17 points 10 rebounds 3 steals 2 blocks
Air Force Forward Marek Olesinski- 19 points (4-13 from three) 5 rebounds