No. 19 Nevada 90, Boise St. 86

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RENO, Nev. (AP)—Kyle Shiloh knew he and his Nevada teammates would be able to handle the loss of star forward Nick Fazekas to an ankle injury late in the first half against Boise State on Monday night.

Marcelus Kemp scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions added 21 and Shiloh helped spark a 9-0 run down the stretch as the 19th-ranked Wolf Pack rallied for a 90-86 victory.

“With Nick out of the game, we had to find a way to score,” said Shiloh, a senior guard who finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

“We’ve got a lot of experience on this team, with Marcelus and me and Ramon all coming back from last year. We know what to do. That’s why they call it a team,” he said.

Fazekas, a 6-foot-11 senior who is one of only five players in the history of the Western Athletic Conference to have 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, had 14 points and nine rebounds when he had to be helped off the court after injuring his left ankle. He returned to the bench on crutches with about 7 minutes left in the game.

Sessions was 13-of-16 from the free throw line and had eight rebounds for the Wolf Pack (14-1, 2-0), who have matched their best start since 1951-52.

“This is a great win,” Nevada coach Mark Fox said. “And to win with Nick sitting out hurt—as a coach, that’s your greatest fear a guy like that would get hurt.”

But “they have a great competitive spirit, this team. I told the kids during a timeout: `Nick has carried us a lot. You guys owe him one.’ They were able to rally and make some great plays late,” Fox said.

“Kyle Shiloh is a tough son of a gun and made a big basket. David Ellis made one as well. I’m just proud of these kids.”

Fox said he didn’t know if Fazekas would play in the Wolf Pack’s next game, at San Jose State on Thursday night.

“He’s just hurt. That’s all I know,” Fox said after the game.

Reggie Larry and Coby Karl—son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl—both had 22 points for Boise State (7-6, 1-1), which took an 81-77 lead on Larry’s three-point play with 3:20 remaining. Matt Nelson added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Broncos.

“It was a good chance to get them with the big fellow out, but the other guys can play and that is why they are so good,” Boise State coach Greg Graham said. “They know how to play, they don’t get rattled and they win close games.”

After Larry’s three-point play, Shiloh scored inside and then hit a 3-pointer to put Nevada in front 82-81 with 2:03 to go. Ellis scored on an inbounds play, and Denis Ikovlev and Sessions each made a free throw to push the lead to 86-81 with 33 seconds left.

Karl then scored in the lane to cut it to 86-83. Kemp made two free throws, but Karl hit a 3 to make it 88-86 with 17 seconds remaining.

After Shiloh made another free throw for an three-point lead, Karl had a chance to tie it, but missed a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left. Larry got the rebound and tried to put it back, but Ellis blocked the shot and Shiloh added one final free throw with 0.7 seconds left.

“We made key stops and came down and executed,” Shiloh said.

Karl hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Broncos within 63-61 with 11:40 left.

Sessions capped 11 straight points for Nevada with two free throws and Kemp followed a 3-pointer with a basket in the lane to extend the lead to 73-65 with 7 minutes left. But Lane nailed two 3s and Matt Bauscher added another to put the Broncos ahead 74-73 with 5:46 to go.

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