The Nevada Wolf Pack just might be peaking at the right time.
The Wolf Pack outlasted the Boise State Broncos, 83-81, Wednesday night at Boise's Taco Bell Arena in double overtime. Deonte Burton, who scored just seven points in a 74-65 loss to Boise State in Reno on Jan. 14, led the Wolf Pack with 25 points and eight assists.
The Wolf Pack is now 14-16 overall and 9-8 in the Mountain West with one game remaining (Saturday at home against UNLV) in the regular season. The Pack is currently tied for fourth place in the Mountain West.
The Pack has also won two of three games since a five-game losing streak.
A pair of Cole Huff free throws with 10 seconds left in the second overtime finally put away the Broncos. Boise State had tied the game with one second left in the first overtime on a 3-pointer by Thomas Bropleh.
The Wolf Pack sent the game into overtime by outscoring the Broncos 5-0 over the final 3:22 of regulation. Burton had a lay-up with 2:51 to go to cut Boise's lead to 62-59 and Marqueze Coleman had a 3-pointer with 2:06 to go to tie the game at 62-62.
Neither team scored in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Wolf Pack never trailed in either overtime. A lay-up by Jerry Evans and a free throw by Burton gave the Pack a 65-62 lead with 2:47 to go in the first overtime. Burton also hit a jumper for a 67-65 lead with 1:51 to go and Michael Perez gave the Pack a 69-66 lead with six seconds left before Bropleh's 3-pointer sent the game into the second overtime.
The Wolf Pack led over the final 4:37 of the second overtime after Burton's 3-point play gave them a 72-69 lead. Perez drilled a big 3-pointer for a 75-71 Pack lead with 4:07 to go and A.J. West, who scored just three points, had a free throw for a 76-73 lead with 2:40 left.
Another Burton 3-point play gave the Pack a 79-75 lead with 2:09 left and the senior point guard connected on a jumper for an 81-77 lead with 1:22 left.
Coleman then came up with the play of the game, blocking a shot by Boise's Derrick Marks and grabbing the rebound with 17 seconds left. Bropleh then was forced to foul Huff, who calmly hit the game-deciding free throws.
Anthony Drmic, who had 15 points, hit a jumper with one second left in the second overtime for Boise.
Perez finished with 17 points and three steals, Evans had 15 points and seven rebounds, Coleman had 12 points and Huff finished with five points and seven boards. Marks, who had 21 points in Reno against the Pack, finished with 16 points, five assists and four turnovers. Jeff Elorriaga had 15 points for Boise on five 3-pointers.
Boise missed five of its last six free throws and finished just 16-of-24 (67 per cent) from the line. The Pack was 20-of-24 from the line.
The Wolf Pack started strong, jumping out to a 24-10 lead 11 minutes into the game after a layup by Perez. Evans scored seven points in a span of just 2:30 as the Pack took a 12-9 early lead.
The Pack led 32-24 at halftime but Boise went on a 10-0 run, capped by an Elorriaga 3-pointer, to cut the Nevada lead to just 42-40 five minutes into the second half. Watkins also had a pair of 3-point plays as the Broncos took a 60-55 lead with 4:25 to play. The 6-foot-9 Watkins also connected on a jumper for a 62-57 Boise lead with 3:22 left.
That would turn out to be the Broncos' final points in regulation. They didn't score again until Marks hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 65-65 with 2:27 to go in the first overtime.