Wolf Pack Wins Home Opener

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Freshman Luke Babbitt scored 20 points to lead Nevada over Oregon State 79-71 on Saturday.

Junior Joey Shaw had 15 points, sophomore Malik Cooke 14 and sophomore Armon Johnson 11 for the Wolf Pack (2-1), which posted its first home victory over a Pac-10 opponent since beating Washington State on Nov. 16, 1999.

Daniel Deane had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers (0-2). Josh Tarver added 13 points and Roeland Schaftenaar 12.

The game was tight until the final three minutes. With the score tied at 65, Nevada went on a 10-2 run with Cooke hitting four free throws and a short jumper, and Babbitt hitting a jumper and two free throws to put Nevada ahead 75-67 with 56 seconds to play.

Oregon State pulled to within five at 75-70 on a 3-pointer by Deane with 39.8 seconds left, but could get no closer.

The Wolf Pack outscored the Beavers 15-0 on fast break points and 18-6 on second-chance opportunities. Nevada also had a 35-27 advantage in rebounds.

Nevada led 36-35 at halftime after trailing most of the first half. Schaftenaar and Deane each hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Beavers built a 20-8 lead with 13:18 left in the half. The Wolf Pack chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 32 on a layup by Brandon Fields with 2:23 left.

After Babbitt hit a short jumper, Deane hit his third 3-pointer of the half to put Oregon State up 35-34. Nevada's Ray Kramer was fouled with 3.1 seconds left in the half and hit both free throws to put the Wolf Pack back on top.