Scores

Final OT

UTEP 83

(14-2, 4-0 WAC)

Nevada 80

(11-4, 4-1 WAC)

    10:05 PM ET, January 12, 2005

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

    1 2 OT T
    UTEP 39 31 1383
    NEV 30 40 1080

    Top Performers

    UTEP: O. Thomas 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nevada: N. Fazekas 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    UTEP 83, Nevada 80 (OT)

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Omar Thomas scored 28 points and UTEP rallied after blowing a 24-point first-half lead to beat Nevada 83-80 in overtime on Wednesday night for its 10th straight win.

    Filiberto Rivera added 23 points for the Miners (14-2, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference), including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left to force overtime.

    Nick Fazekas scored 29 points to lead Nevada (11-4, 4-1) and Mo Charlo added 19 as the Wolf Pack had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

    The teams tied for the WAC regular season crown last year but Nevada beat UTEP 66-60 in the WAC tournament championship game last season.

    Nevada had two chances to tie the game in the closing seconds but Fazekas and Seth Taylor both missed 3-pointers.

    The Miners were 8-of-11 from the floor in the first eight minutes of the game as they opened a 21-4 lead. Rivera's bucket with 4:50 left in the first half gave UTEP a 39-15 lead.

    But Nevada closed the first half with a 15-0 run and had a 28-3 run spanning halftime that gave the Pack their first lead of the game, 43-42. Over the final 17 minutes of regulation and overtime, there were 18 lead changes and five ties.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTEP
    NEV
    Points 83 80
    FG Made-Attempted 27-55 (.491) 29-68 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-16 (.500) 5-20 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-23 (.913) 17-27 (.630)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 21 7

    2004-05 Season

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