Nevada Tops Rival UNLV In Overtime
Wolf Pack top Rebels, 82-79
UNLV continues to struggle
Nevada(16-10, 9-5 MW) faced off with in-state rival UNLV(12-14, 7-6 MW) in a back and forth overtime battle that saw Nevada secure the victory 82-79. The win moves Nevada into a tie for second place in the conference. The loss keeps the Rebels at sixth in the conference.
The Wolf Pack had a great showing from Junior Jalen Harris who put up 29 points. Senior guard Jazz Johnson also provided 19 points. Harris is the leading scorer in the Mountain West and this was another impressive showing for him.
Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton who is second in the conference in scoring only to Jalen Harris had 23 points for UNLV. Amari Hardy and Jonah Antonio each scored 14 points.
The team that makes the most shots is usually going to win the game. That is the takeaway from this matchup. Coach Otzelberger’s team did not shoot the ball well. The team shot 48 percent from the free throw line (12-25).
It was not just free throws UNLV could not convert on the Rebels only shot 23 percent from 3 (9-39) and that is after the team made three 3’s in the first three minutes of the game. In a game that was decided by three points UNLV left too many points on the board.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, Nevada did just enough to pull away. Coach Steve Alford’s club only shot 24 percent from 3 compared to UNLV’S 23 percent. The Wolf Pack finished shooting 44.6 percent from the field. The saving grace for the Wolf Pack is that Nevada made more free throws. Nevada made 6 more free throws than UNLV.
In Overtime, UNLV could not convert on free throws. It was Jalen Harris who hit a big shot for Nevada to give the team a 81-79 lead with 1:21 to go in the game. Harris made 1 of his 2 free throws for the Wolf Pack. Elijah Mitrou-Long launched a near half-court shot for the Rebels that sealed win for the Wolf Pack.
Up Next: UNLV is headed to New Mexico on February 15th. New Mexico is coming off of an 82-59 loss to conference leader San Diego State.
For Nevada they will take the rest of the week off. Their next game back will be New Mexico on February 18th.