Will Baker scored a career-high 28 points and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining in second overtime to help Nevada beat No. 25 New Mexico 97-94 Monday night.
Baker sank 12 of 17 shots with a 3-pointer for the Wolf Pack (16-5, 6-2 Mountain West Conference) who started the night in a four-way tie for second in the league along with New Mexico . Jarod Lucas added 22 points and Kenan Blackshear added 20 points, five steals and four assists.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. posted a career-high 33 points for the Lobos (18-3, 5-3) who ended a four-game winning streak. Mashburn has surpassed 20 points in five straight games. Jaelen House had 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Morris Udeze added 16 points and 10 boards.
New Mexico, trailing 43-38 at halftime, forced the first overtime when Mashburn buried a jumper with 20 seconds left to keep the game at 78.
Mashburn sank a 3-pointer to start overtime and the Lobos took an 87-82 lead when Udeze hung up 1:13 ahead. New Mexico turned the ball over on its next two possessions and Nevada tied the result with Darrion Williams’ 3-pointer and a knight from Blackshear. Mashburn turned the ball over, Lucas missed a 3 and the game went into a second overtime.
Udeze and Williams traded layups before two free throws from Lucas gave the Wolf Pack a 91-89 lead, with 2:58 remaining in the second OT. Udeze grabbed a free throw to put the Lobos on point. Lucas hit two more fouls, Udeze added two of his own and New Mexico was 93-92 down with 1:05 left.
Baker made 1 of 2 foul shots and House hit two free throws to tie the score at 94 with 44 seconds remaining. Daniel Foster’s free throw put the Wolf Pack ahead before Baker sunk both tries.
Nevada improved to 10-0 at home this season. The Lobos have already hit two long home streaks to end Saint Mary’s 23-game winning streak on November 30 and San Diego State’s 16-game winning streak on January 14. New Mexico earned an 81-79 victory in overtime over Boise State on Friday.
The Wolf Pack played to their biggest crowd since hosting Southern Cal in 2019.
New Mexico: Hosts Air Force on Friday.
Nevada: On Saturday at UNLV.
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This story was originally published Jan 24, 2023 12:21 am.