10:05 PM ET, December 21, 2005
Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Fazekas said Nevada (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) needed a tough test at home against a team like Georgia. He almost got more than he bargained for.
Fazekas had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Wolf Pack, who trailed with less than 10 minutes remaining, held off the Bulldogs 68-62 on Wednesday night.
"We really didn't know what it took to beat a good team because we haven't been playing the best competition," Fazekas said. "To come out and beat a good team like Georgia, that's a great feeling for us."
Mo Charlo had 17 points and five assists, Kyle Shiloh had 14 points and reserve Marcelus Kemp scored all nine of his points in the final 12 minutes for the Wolf Pack (8-1), whose only loss was to No. 12 UCLA.
Reserve Younes Indrissi scored a career-high 16 points for the Bulldogs (7-3) and Mike Mercer added 11.
"It came down to a one-possession game and we came up one possession short," Georgia coach Dennis Felton.
"Fazekas is so good. He had two big-time plays that deflated us. He was terrific for them throughout the game. He's one of the best players in the country," he said.
Fazekas scored consecutive baskets to put Nevada up 58-54 with 3:50 left. Indrissi and Fazekas traded baskets before Steve Newman dunked an offensive rebound to pull the Bulldogs within 60-58 at 2:37.
Chad Bell made a free throw and Shiloh added two more before Charlo took a pass inside from Fazekas and scored for a 65-58 lead with 46 seconds left.
Sundiata Gaines added two layups after that, but Shiloh, Fazekas and Charlo each made a free throw to seal the win.
Nevada, 32-4 at home over the past three seasons, went 22-of-32 from the free throw line compared to just 4-of-11 for Georgia.
Fazekas said the Wolf Pack became more intense with the game on the line over the final 10 minutes.
"It was probably the reality of winning and losing," the 6-foot-11 junior said. "All of us love to win and that is probably what flipped the switch -- we were going to win or lose, and none of us like to lose."
Nevada coach Mark Fox said he drew up a poor game plan that resulted in Fazekas scoring only eight points in the first half.
"It was bad coaching, period. I didn't do enough to get him involved," Fox said. He said he was pleased the Wolf Pack held the Bulldogs to 6-of-21 shooting from 3-point range, 1-of-10 the second half.
"We just played better defense. Even though I thought our defense was poor, we defended the 3-point line well and that was something we wanted to do," he said.
Nevada went on a 9-0 run, including Lyndale Burleson's 3-pointer and Shiloh's 15-footer, to go ahead 14-9 midway through the first half.
Charlo hit a 3 from the top of the key and Fazekas scored off a rebound to push the lead to 21-13. But the Bulldogs responded with their own 9-0 run, including a 3-pointer from Levi Stukes and two from Billy Humphrey to take a 26-21 lead at 4:50.
Georgia opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 36-32 lead on Newman's 3-pointer from the top of the key. Mercer's floater in the lane made it 44-41, but Kemp made a free throw and a 3-pointer to put Nevada ahead 45-44 with 11:43 to go.
The Wolf Pack went without a field goal the next 4 minutes before Kemp scored inside to put them ahead for good, 53-50 with 7:20 left.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-59 (.441)||21-49 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-21 (.286)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||22-32 (.688)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
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