RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline scored 19 points apiece, and Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to help No. 6 Nevada fend off Akron 68-62 on Saturday.
Martin's big shot helped bail out the Wolf Pack (12-0) after another poor performance from beyond the arc. Nevada missed its first nine 3-point attempts, capping a 19-for-88 stretch going back three games - including Martin's airball with 5:47 left in the first half and Akron leading 20-11.
Nevada made its next four 3-pointers, quickly erasing Akron's largest lead of the game and went into halftime ahead 28-25. The Wolf Pack finished 8 of 24 from long range.
Jimond Ivey scored 15 points and Daniel Utomi added 14 for the Zips (7-5). Tyler Cheese scored seven points, all in the game's final four minutes as Akron tried to rally. His layup got Akron within three points with 1:44 left, but the Zips couldn't get closer.
Caroline, a transfer from Southern Illinois, went over 1,700 points in his collegiate career and 1,400 points at Nevada, moving into 12th on the Wolf Pack's all-time scoring list.
Akron: The tough-luck Zips played the Wolf Pack tough in front of a hostile crowd of 10,825, but have now lost by a combined 16 points in their five defeats this season.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack, one of seven remaining undefeated teams in Division I, have one nonconference game remaining.
Akron: The Zips head home after the holiday break for a Dec. 30 matchup against Carnegie Mellon.
Nevada: At Utah on Dec. 29. The Utes are 5-0 at home this season.
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