Nevada Rallies to Beat Cal Poly, 60-58, in Home Opener for Mustangs

Nevada Rallies to Beat Cal Poly, 60-58, in Home Opener for Mustangs


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Deonte Burton's conventional three-point play with 6.6 seconds to play lifted Nevada to a 60-58 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday night in the Mott Athletics Center.

Burton also stole the ball with two seconds to go and Nevada (1-1) ran out the clock as Cal Poly lost at home for the first time in 13 games.

Burton finished with a game-high 22 points for the Wolf Pack, sinking nine of 19 floor shots and three of five free throws. Cole Huff added 14 points and Michael Perez 13 for Nevada.

Cal Poly (0-2) was led by Chris Eversley with 19 points, his 36th career double-digit scoring game. Kyle Odister (pictured at right) added 11, sinking a pair of three-pointers to give the Mustangs 51-49 and 54-53 leads .

A layup by Mustang Maliik Love gave Cal Poly a 56-53 lead with 1:06 to play and a layup by Eversley made it 58-54 with 28 seconds to go.

Perez drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to pull Nevada to within one point with 17 seconds to play, setting the stage for Burton's heroics at the end.

Cal Poly turned the ball over on the inbound pass after the trey by Perez and Burton made his layup and free throw with 6.6 seconds to go. Burton then stole the ball at halfcourt and dribbled out the clock.

Cal Poly never trailed in the first half, building a 10-point advantage at 26-16 with 4:46 to play on a pair of free throws by Jamal Johnson. The Mustangs led 32-23 at the break.

Cal Poly led by 11 points on three occasions in the first five minutes of the second half, then went into a cold spell, scoring just two points over the next 12 minutes. The Wolf Pack capped a 16-2 run on a layup by Huff, giving Nevada a 49-46 lead with 3:34 to play.

A pair of free throws by Eversley with 3:13 to go ended the Mustang drought. Cal Poly regained the lead twice in the final three minutes, but could not hold off the Wolf Pack down the stretch.

Thirteen of Cal Poly's 17 turnovers in the game occurred in the second half.

Nevada made 38 percent of its floor shots, including six of 16 from three-point range, while Cal Poly connected on 44 percent, sinking five of 21 treys.

Cal Poly outrebounded Nevada 37-30, led by Eversley with nine and Dave Nwaba with six. Perez corralled six boards for Nevada.

Johnson finished with seven assists for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs are off for eight days, returning to action Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Fresno State.