Kevinn Pinkney scored 15 points and Nevada rallied to beat Texas 61-57 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Ninth-seeded Nevada (25-6) will face either top-seeded Illinois
or Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round of the Chicago Regional
Pinkney spent much of the game in foul trouble and the Wolf
Pack's top scorer, Nick Fazekas was held to just 10 points - well
below his average of 21.4 points. They combined for more than 41
percent of the Wolf Pack's scoring entering the game.
Mo Charlo added 12 points for the Wolf Pack, Ramon Sessions had
11, and Fazekas grabbed 13 rebounds.
Nevada rallied from a 57-53 deficit with 2:24 left and overcame
a career-high 20 points from Texas' Jason Klotz.
Defensively, both teams played well. Offensively, both struggled - none more than Fazekas.
In the final minutes Charlo completed a three-point play to pull Nevada to 57-56. With 1:28 left and Pinkney put in a 5-footer to give the Wolf Pack the lead with 44.3 seconds left.
Texas then missed a 3-pointer and the Wolf Pack connected on
three of four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds to seal the