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Grant Sherfield’s game winner leads Nevada past Boise State 74-72

David Calvert || Nevada Athletics Department

Grant Sherfield’s game-winning fadeaway with 2.9 seconds to go gave the Nevada Wolf Pack a 74-72 victory over the Boise State Broncos, handing them their third loss of the season Friday.

Nevada trailed for most of the second half, but the deficit never fell above six points. Its first lead of the half came with 55 seconds to go after Sherfield’s floater.

Rayj Dennis tied it at 72 with 31 seconds remaining, prompting the Pack to call its second-to-last timeout. Sherfield got to his spot on the Spain pick-and-roll action, netting a Michael Jordan-esque fadeaway with under three seconds to go.

Dennis’ 30-foot 3-point attempt rolled out as time expired, giving Nevada its first Quad-1 win since head coach Steve Alford took over prior to the 2019-20 season.

Sherfield tallied his second career double-double (both came in the last three games). He recorded 20 points — one away from the team high — with a career-high 14 assists. He shot 9-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-4 from deep.

The 6-foot-2 shifty guard has tallied a team-most 10 20-point performances this season.

The Pack improve to 13-7 and 8-5 in conference-play. Boise State has dropped two of its last three games and falls to 14-3 with a 10-2 Mountain West record. Nevada also moves to 7-2 inside Lawlor Events Center this year and 2-4 in games decided by five or fewer points.

It shot 52.6 percent on the evening and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Desmond Cambridge totaled a team-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-9 from deep. K.J. Hymes tallied a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting — his second double-digit scoring output in the last three contests.

Boise State netted 47.3 percent of its shots and 44 percent from deep.

Derrick Alston tallied a team-high 23 points — his ninth 20-point game of the season — followed by a career-high 19 points from Akot. Alston went 9-of-14 from the floor while Akot went 6-of-11, including 4-of-8 from deep. His four makes from beyond the arc were a career-high.

Abu Kigab was the team’s only other double-digit scorer, tallying 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Boise State gathered seven offensive rebounds that translated into 10 second-chance points — including a pair of crucial 3-pointers from Alston in the second half. It out-rebounded the Pack on the evening 33-28.

Alston’s layup gave Boise State the early 6-5 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Akot — who entered Friday with an 18.2 3-point percentage — gave the Broncos the 14-13 lead with 12:20 to go in the opening half.

Sherfield’s jumper gave Nevada the 22-20 lead, but Boise responded with an 8-0 run to go ahead 28-22. Akot’s dunk tied a season-high of 13 points, awarding the Broncos with a 33-27 lead with 59 seconds left. He hit three 3s in the first half — also tying a season-best.

The Pack walked into the break down 33-28. They shot 41.4 percent from the floor, but 3-of-12 (25 percent) from deep. Boise State knocked down 38.7 percent of their shots and 42.9 percent from 3-point range.

Shaver’s layup awarded the Broncos with a 39-34 lead. Six consecutive points from Sherfield cut the deficit to 48-47 with 12 minutes remaining.

Hymes’ left-handed hook tied it at 65 with 3:39 remaining. Akot’s fourth make from outside gave the Broncos the 70-67 advantage. Sherfield’s floater gave Nevada the 72-70 lead with under a minute remaining.

Boise tied it up, but Sherfield countered with the final blow to stun the Broncos.

Up next:

The two teams will meet Sunday for the series finale at 1 p.m. PST on Fox Sports 1.