August 20, 2014
Nevada's basketball team was sent off to the NCAA tournament with cries of "Go Pack," and the players were welcomed back on Saturday with the same cry.
After the Wolf Pack's 72-67 loss to Georgia Tech in the regional semifinal in St. Louis on Friday, the team returned to hundreds of fans and a jubilant Reno Mayor Bob Cashell at the Reno airport.
"In the 39 years I've been here and I have never seen this community come together like it has, and you gentlemen did it," Cashell said.
The players seemed to be the only ones mourning their loss, instead of praising their gains.
"I think the biggest thing that hurt us is when we had open shots, we didn't knock them down," Pack coach Trent Johnson said after the game.
"Against a team that is as quick as they are defensively, as well coached as they are defensively, I thought it hurt."
After the game, when the Pack team filed past most of the 1,500 fans who made the trip, the fans gave Nevada a standing ovation. The Pack won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title, the WAC Tournament and Big Dance games against Michigan State and Gonzaga before losing in the Sweet 16 and finishing the season 25-9.