The Nevada Wolf Pack was one shot away from beating the UNLV Rebels once again on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Wolf Pack, though, that shot belonged to UNLV’s Patrick McCaw. The 6-foot-7 sophomore nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation to force overtime after a 3-pointer by Marqueze Coleman gave the Wolf Pack an 80-77 lead with just three seconds to go. McCaw’s shot stunned the Pack as UNLV dominated the overtime, winning 102-91 at Thomas & Mack Center in front of a crowd of 14,640.
The 102 points are the most the Wolf Pack has allowed in a game since a 105-84 loss to UCLA on Nov. 28, 2013. It is also the most points the Pack has allowed in a conference game since a 107-99 loss at Fresno State on March 1, 2003, when both teams were in the Western Athletic Conference. UNLV’s 102 points are also its most against the Wolf Pack since the Rebels won 110-95 on Jan. 23, 1995.
Coleman connected on a pair of threes in the final 39 seconds of regulation and appeared ready to send the Wolf Pack to its fifth win in its last seven games with UNLV. The senior tied the game at at 77-77 with 39 seconds to go and then gave the Pack a three-point lead with three seconds to go. McCaw, though, tied the game at 80-80 as the clock hit zeroes. Coleman, who played the entire 45 minutes, led the Wolf Pack with 31 points while McCaw, who also played 45 minutes, led the Rebels with 25. The Wolf Pack, now 16-10 overall and 8-6 in the Mountain West, saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. UNLV (16-12, 7-8) has now won three of its last four games against the Wolf Pack.
The Rebels scored an astounding 22 points in the five-minute overtime. UNLV was 8-of-10 from the field in the overtime and made 3-of-5 3-pointers. The Wolf Pack, on the other hand, was ice cold in overtime, missing nine of its 11 shots from the floor and all five of its 3-pointers. Jordan Cornish had seven points for UNLV in the overtime and finished with 17 points. Jerome Seagears had five points in the OT and ended up with 21.
A 3-pointer by Cornish gave the Rebels an 84-80 lead just 31 seconds into the overtime. Seagears drilled a 3-pointer for an 87-82 lead with 3:45 to go and Cornish had a dunk for an 89-82 lead with 3:14 left. Ike Nwamu, who had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds, gave UNLV a commanding 91-82 lead with 2:46 to play. A 3-pointer by McCaw put the game away and gave UNLV a 94-85 lead with 1:24 to play.
The Wolf Pack built its biggest lead of the game, 72-65, with just five minutes to play. Coleman had a pair of layups a minute apart and Cam Oliver had a dunk to give the Pack its seven-point lead. The Rebels, though, went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 74-74 with two minutes to play. A jumper by Nwamu gave UNLV a 77-74 lead with 51 seconds to go but Coleman’s two 3-pointers gave the Pack a 3-point advantage until McCaw sent everyone into overtime.
UNLV had taken a 35-33 lead at halftime. The Pack scored just five points in the final 4:43 of the opening half, all on free throws. UNLV also struggled to score, at one point going over four minutes without a point until Nwamu gave them a 30-28 lead with 4:09 to go with a 3-pointer. The Pack took a 28-27 lead on an 8-0 run as Eric Cooper and Elijah Foster each scored four points.
Cooper finished with 24 points but the sophomore didn’t score in overtime, missing all three of his shots. Oliver had 14 points and 21 rebounds, his second game of 20 or more rebounds in the last three games
The Pack was 29-of-34 from the free throw line and UNLV was 25-of-34. The Wolf Pack shot just 34 percent (27-of-80) from the floor while UNLV was 33-of-73 (45 percent). The Wolf Pack also missed 26-of-34 3-pointers while UNLV missed 21-of-32.
Coleman, who had 21 points in the Wolf Pack’s 65-63 win over UNLV in Reno on Jan. 23, was 9-of-24 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Coleman, though, did make four 3-pointers. Cooper was 8-of-23 from the floor.
The Wolf Pack saw its five-game winning streak in overtime games come to an end. The Pack had won its two previous overtime games this season, beating Fresno State 77-72 on Feb. 13 and Pacific 85-82 on Nov. 21.