Wolf Pack Wins BracketBuster Game

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Freshman Luke Babbitt's free throw with 1.8 seconds left helped Nevada beat Virginia Commonwealth 71-70 in an ESPNU BracketBuster game on Friday.

VCU's Joey Rodriguez hit a 75-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Rams couldn't overcome the Wolf Pack's late rally from 9 points down with 6 minutes to play.

Babbitt and junior Brandon Fields had 15 points each to lead Nevada (16-10). Sophomores Malik Cooke and Armon Johnson had 13 each.

Eric Maynor had 28 points for VCU (19-9), which led by as many as 10 points in the second half. Nevada cut the lead to six with 9:27 left, but Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox was hit with a pair of technical fouls and ejected with 8:20 to play.

Maynor's two free throws after the second technical made it 60-51. The Rams led 62-53 with 6 minutes left.

Johnson sparked an 18-5 Nevada rally with a three-point play with 5:01 to play and gave the Wolf Pack its first lead of the half at 68-67 with 28.6 seconds left.

Junior Joey Shaw, who finished with 11 points for Nevada, hit a pair of free throws to make it 70-67 with 13.7 seconds left. Maynor missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and Babbitt was fouled after getting the rebound with 1.8 left.

He missed the first of two free throws, but hit the second to give Nevada a 4-point lead. Rodriguez was just across the opposite free-throw line when he threw in the rainbow at the buzzer for the final margin.

VCU led 32-28 at halftime.

NEVADA 71, VCU 70

VCU (19-9)
Sanders 2-11 5-10 9, Maynor 7-16 14-15 28, Pishchalnikov 1-2 0-0 2, Rodriguez 4-4 0-0 9, Burgess 3-5 2-2 10, Saintil 3-3 0-0 6, Rozzell 1-4 0-0 3, Gwynn 0-4 0-0 0, Nixon 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 22-51 21-27 70.

NEVADA (16-10)
Burleson 0-5 0-0 0, Babbitt 5-13 3-4 15, Cooke 4-4 5-5 13, Johnson 5-15 3-3 13, Hunt 1-3 0-0 2, Fields 3-11 6-8 15, Shaw 2-5 7-7 11, Kraemer 0-0 0-0 0, R.Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, A.Phillips 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-57 24-27 71.

Halftime-VCU 32-28. 3-Point Goals-VCU 5-12 (Burgess 2-3, Rodriguez 1-1, Nixon 1-2, Rozzell 1-3, Maynor 0-3), Nevada 5-14 (Fields 3-6, Babbitt 2-2, Shaw 0-2, Burleson 0-4). Fouled Out-Pishchalnikov, Sanders. Rebounds-VCU 33 (Sanders 9), Nevada 34 (Babbitt, Shaw 8). Assists-VCU 10 (Maynor 5), Nevada 14 (Johnson 8). Total Fouls-VCU 23, Nevada 20. Technicals-Sanders, Nevada Bench 2. A-6,205.


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