Utah State's Upset Bid At Nevada Comes Up Short In 53-52 Loss
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in Utah State's 53-52 loss at Nevada Thursday.

Feb. 2, 2012

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. - Nevada's Deonte Burtone hit an off-balance three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to lead the Wolf Pack to a come-from-behind 53-52 win against Utah State here Thursday night in a Western Athletic Conference game.

Nevada, who has now won 16 straight games, improves to 19-3 and 8-0 in league play with the win. Utah State falls to 12-11 overall and 4-4 in league play with the loss. UN also becomes the first WAC team since Fresno State in 2007 to sweep the season series from the Aggies.

Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 15 points including 13 in the second-half, while senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added eight points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel added a career-high six rebounds off the bench as Utah State dominated the glass and out-rebounded Nevada by 16 (43-27).

Malik Story had 18 points and Burton added 13 to lead Nevada.

Following Burton's three-pointer, Utah State had two chances to win the game as Reed couldn't handle a lob pass from sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger with five seconds remaining, but senior forward Morgan Grim grabbed the loose ball and missed a contested shot under the basket. Story was then fouled on the rebound with just over one second to play and missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. Reed corralled the rebound and attempted a full court shot that fell harmlessly to floor to make the final score 53-52.

Utah State finished the game shooting 40.4 percent (23-57), but made 53.8 percent of its field goals (14-26) in the second-half after shooting just 29.0 percent (9-31) in the first-half. USU also shot 35.7 percent from three-point range (5-14), but was just 1-of-4 (.250) from the free throw line. USU also had 18 offensive rebounds, which are its second-most of the season, while its 43 rebounds are a season-high. Overall, it was the sixth time this season that the Aggies had double-figure offensive rebounds. USU also had 14 assists, 16 turnovers, two blocked shots and four steals, while UN had nine assists, 11 turnovers, five blocked shots and 10 steals.

 

 

Medlin scored Utah State's first points of the second-half on a three-pointer and USU later took its largest lead of the game at 36-29 with 13:42 to play following a three-point play from Pane to cap an 8-0 run. The Wolf Pack then scored the next six points to get within one and eventually tied the game at 42-42 with 7:22 remaining. UN eventually went up 49-48 with 4:00 left before USU regained the lead on a layup by Reed. Burton hit 1-of-2 free throws on Nevada's next possession to tie the game at 50-50, followed by a runner in the lane from Pane to give the Aggies a 52-50 lead with 2:11 to play. From there, USU turned it over and had a shot blocked on its next two possessions before the final play of the game on the lob pass to Reed.

Story scored the first eight points of the game for Nevada to give the Wolf Pack an early 8-2 advantage. Utah State then scored six of the next seven points to get within 9-8 and took its first lead of the game at 12-11 with 9:12 to play on a layup by Berger. The Aggies took its largest lead of the half at 16-13 following a layup from Grim before Nevada scored six of the final eight points to take a 19-18 lead into the break.

Utah State shot just 29.0 percent (9-31) in the first-half, including 0-of-6 from three-point range and 0-for-3from the free throw line. Nevada shot just 30.4 percent (7-23) in the first-half, including 20.0 percent from three (2-10) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (3-6). USU out-rebounded UN by 10 (26-16) in the first 20 minutes.

Utah State will play its final road game of the month on Saturday at Fresno State at 8 p.m. (MT).

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