Marcelus Kemp scored 13 points and Demarshay Johnson added 10 to lead Nevada past Northern Iowa 55-52 Saturday.
Nevada (7-4) led by 14 points late in the second half before Northern Iowa rallied to within one. Kemp hit two free throws with one second left to expand the lead to three, and Jared Josten missed a 30-footer at the buzzer that would have tied it for Northern Iowa (8-3).
Nevada led almost the entire game, overcoming an early deficit with a 16-4 run and taking a 31-23 halftime lead. Nevada shot 50 percent in the first half; Northern Iowa shot 27.3 percent.
The Wolf Pack led 46-32 with about eight minutes left in the game when the Panthers rallied with a 20-7 run. Travis Brown sparked the comeback with two 3s and Eric Coleman scored 10 of the team's next 12 points. Coleman scored a game-high 18 points and Brown added 12.
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