Nevada 68, Oral Roberts 59
Dario Hunt had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead
Nevada past Oral Roberts 68-59 on Wednesday night in the first
round of the NIT.
Deonte Burton added 17 points as the Wolf Pack (27-6) advanced
to a second-round matchup against Bucknell, which beat Arizona
”It took a couple days for us to get back to our regular
selves,” Hunt said after Nevada failed to earn an at-large bid to
the NCAA tournament. ”But once we got our competitive juices
flowing again we kind of forgot about it.”
Hunt was 9 of 16 from the field and also had four assists.
”He had a great finish,” Nevada coach David Carter said.
”He’s been a senior leader all year. He missed some easy ones
early, but in the second half really settled down.”
Hunt helped Nevada outrebound the Golden Eagles 45-29.
”He was a difference-maker,” Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton
said. ”He blocked five shots and altered many more inside.”
Burton, Olek Czyz and Malik Story each had eight points in the
second half to help Nevada rally after trailing 30-29 at halftime.
Czyz finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dominique Morrison and Rod Pearson had 13 points apiece for the
Golden Eagles (27-7).
”I thought we came ready to play and were prepared,” Pearson
Oral Roberts led 50-49 before Czyz threw down a dunk with 8:03
left to ignite Nevada’s decisive 8-0 run. Hunt scored twice during
Burton sank three free throws with 2:10 left to stretch Nevada’s
lead to 62-55 and the Golden Eagles never got any closer.
”I am glad we finally found some rhythm in the second half,”
Carter said. ”I thought we wore them down a little bit.”
The Golden Eagles only had three field goals in the final 12
”We just wanted to be aggressive on defense because I knew they
were going to keep attacking us,” Hunt said.
Nevada’s first lead came when Jerry Evans Jr. opened the second
half with a 3-pointer for a 32-30 advantage. Warren Niles responded
with a 3-pointer for Oral Roberts and the game see-sawed before
Nevada’s late run.
Nevada, in the postseason for the ninth time in 10 years,
snapped the Golden Eagles’ 23-game home winning streak. The Golden
Eagles had an NIT home game for the first time since 1982 and were
looking for their first postseason win since the 1975 NIT