RENO, Nev. — Morris Udeze’s 10th rebound turned into a costly one Monday night in Reno.
In a tie game with 14 seconds remaining in the second overtime in the Lawlor Events Center, two Nevada Wolf Pack players collapsed around the Lobos big man, trying desperately to fight the ball away from him.
There was plenty of contact, but none was called until Udeze’s left arm extended and made contact with Daniel Foster’s face, leading to a video review and a flagrant foul being called.
Foster made one of two technical foul shots followed by Nevada’s Will Baker sinking two more for a 97-94 Nevada win in double overtime.
The loss dropped UNM, ranked No. 25 in the nation, to 18-3 overall and 5-3 in Mountain West play. Nevada improved to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in league play, now alone in second place in the conference standings.
The Lobos went 5-of-8 from the free throw line in the second overtime and had plenty of opportunities to close out the Wolf Pack both in regulation and in the first overtime before the critical call.
Nevada had three players score 20 or more points — Baker 28, Jarod Lucas 23, and Kenan Blackshear 20.
For the Lobos, Jamal Mashburn Jr. scored a career-high 33 points. Jaelen House had 17 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds but also had four turnovers. Udeze, like House, had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Nevada scored 23 points off 19 UNM turnovers.
FIRST OVERTIME: A Udeze bucket, and a foul, with 1:12 left in the overtime period put UNM up 87-82. The Lobo big man missed the free throw, but it was rebounded by Javonte Johnson, giving the Lobos possession with a five-point lead.
UNM called a timeout and then got called for a five-second violation trying to inbound the ball.
That turnover turned into a Darrion Williams 3-pointer for Nevada and an 87-85 Lobos lead with 1:02 left in the overtime.
UNM then couldn’t find a shot and got called for a shot clock violation, giving the ball back to Nevada with 28 seconds left.
Blackshear hit a shot with 15 seconds left and the game was tied at 87 with the Lobos having another shot. Instead, for the third consecutive possession in the overtime, the Lobos turned it over when Mashburn was tied up 15 feet from the basket by Blackshear.
REGULATION: A Mashburn bucket with 20.9 left in regulation tied the game, 78-78.
On Nevada’s ensuing possession, Blackshear missed a shot with 3.2 left, giving the Lobos one more chance.
House was able to navigate nearly the entire length of the court in that 3.2 seconds, giving himself a good, open look at the run for a would-be game-winner at the buzzer, but his shot drew front iron and the Lobos were headed to their second consecutive overtime game — three days after a draining win over Boise State.
The game was back-and-forth all night, with neither team gaining particular advantage.
While there was undeniably some good shot making, defense seemed to be optional in the first half.
Nevada led at the break, 43-38, after shooting 52.8% of their shots and assisting on 12 of their 16 made field goals — moving the ball well and setting players up in positions to score, and in positions where the Lobos weren’t in position to stop it.
The Wolf Pack outscored UNM 28-14 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes and 13-4 on second chance points and Baker already had 15 points.
But the Lobos still had Mashburn, who had 13 points at the break.
NOTES: Udeze broke the 1,000-point plateau for his college career, becoming the third Lobo to do so this season (Mashburn and House each did so earlier in the season).
NEXT GAME: Air Force at No. 25 New Mexico, 8 p.m. Friday, CBS Sports Network, 770 AM/96.3 FM
- Morris Udeze foul
- Jaelen House misses a shot at the end of regulation.
END REGULATION: New Mexico 78, Nevada 78 pic.twitter.com/nJfjxAvH4y
— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) January 24, 2023
- Will Baker’s dunk