RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Ramon Sessions scored the last six points of
the game from the free-throw line as Nevada took a 58-55 win over
Hawaii on Saturday night.
Nick Fazekas and Kevinn Pinkney each recorded double-doubles for
the Nevada (8-3, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference). Fazekas led all
scorers with 23 points and had a game-high 17 rebounds while
Pinkney had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Matt Gibson led the Rainbow Warriors with 19 points. Hawaii
(8-2, 0-2) won its first eight games of the season but has now lost
Nevada, which did not score from the floor in the last 6:24 of
the game, trailed 55-52 with 1:30 to play. Sessions was fouled on
consecutive trips down the floor and hit four free throws to give
the Pack a 56-55 lead.
Julian Sensleys 15-foot jumper with 10 seconds to play was short
and Sessions, who finished with 14 points, grabbed the rebound and
was fouled. He hit both free throws before Deonte Tatums attempt to
tie the game missed at the buzzer.
Nevada had a huge advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Hawaii
50-26 in the game. Hawaii led 28-23 at halftime with a strong
defensive effort in which the Warriors recorded 13 steals and
forced 17 Nevada turnovers. The Pack kept things close thanks to a
24-15 rebounding advantage in the first half.