Nevada Wolf Pack guard Marcus Marshall scored a team high 32 points tonight but his final two points clinched the game for the Wolf Pack as they outlasted the Washington Huskies 87-85 on Sunday Night.
The win improves the Wolf Pack’s record to 8-2 and 2-0 against the Pac-12 this season while the loss drops the Washington Huskies record to 4-5 on the season. For Nevada, Cameron Oliver score 18 points while Jordan Caroline chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds tonight.
The Wolf Pack led for most of the second half and led by double-digits at one point but the Huskies came back as David Crisp (21 points, 8-13 FG, 4-8 3pt FGs) got his shooting stroke going as he scored 12 points in almost four minutes to keep the Huskies in the game. With 1:44 left in the game, Crisp scored on a layup to tie the game at 83-83 but the Wolf Pack retook the lead when Marshall hit a jumper with 1:15 left in the game to make it 85-83.
With 12 seconds left in the game, Washington’s star freshman Markelle Fultz (21 points, eight assists) was fouled by DJ Fenner (20 points, five rebounds) and Fultz made both free throws to tie the game at 85-85. After a Washington timeout, the Wolf Pack had possession of the ball and Marshall took the ball down the court and hit an off-balance 15-footer with less than a second on the clock to give the Wolf Pack the victory.
For Nevada, this is their third straight win and they have won five of their last six games that have been decided by ten points or less. The Wolf Pack’s 8-2 record to start this season is their best start since the 2006-2007 season when Nevada made the NCAA tournament.
The Wolf Pack will return to action on Wednesday night as they return to the Lawlor Events Center to face UC Irvine with the tip off at 7pm.