There was no "Groundhog Day" Saturday evening at Walt McPherson Court. In this one, San Jose State University was very successful early on, owning a 26-10 lead but Nevada persevered, came back and ultimately triumphed 84-76 in overtime.
It was freshman Jerry Evans putting himself in the right place at the right times as the 6-foot-8 wing nabbed a steal early in OT, was fouled and put down both free throws. Late in the same extra period, he rebounded a missed shot, turned and tossed in a layup. That made the score 78-75 in favor of Nevada. After that, it was mostly a parade to the foul line as SJSU needed to foul.
Adrian Oliver led the Spartans with 30 points.
Closing out the last minutes of regular play, Oliver nailed a layup and subsequent free throw to make it 70-68 SJSU with 1:18 remaining.
A Malik Story lob to Dario Hunt couldn't have been grabbed by Spiderman on one of his best days and went out of bounds. Keith Shamburger then made one of two free throws after being fouled.
Coming back down, Nevada's Olek Czyz missed an open trey attempt from the top of the key and back down the court Justin Graham was fouled and put in one of his two free throws.
San Jose State led 72-68.
The Wolf Pack's Deonte Burton then scored on a dribble-drive to make it 72-70.
Oliver was double teamed in the backcourt next the right boundary line, slipped and his pass was intercepted. Czyz was eventually fouled by Oliver -- the fifth foul for the Spartan senior -- taking it to the hoop with 2+ seconds on the clock.
The first shot from the sophomore out of Reno hit the back rim, went up 3-4 feet but came down through the net. He also buried the second, forcing overtime.
Story led Coach David Carter's squad with a career-high 29 points.
The Spartans shot 39% on the night, 50% on treys and 22-27 from the foul line. Graham led in rebounding with eight, grabbed four steals but shot just 4-21.
Nevada shot 41% overall, 28% from long distance and went 25-31 at the charity stripe.