Pack holds Washington off in last second | NevadaAppeal.com

Pack holds Washington off in last second

Staff Report

Nevada guard Marcus Marshall scored a mid-range jump shot off a drive with less than a second left to give the Wolf Pack an 87-85 victory over Washington on Sunday night in Seattle.

Marshall scored a game-high 32 points for the Pack, which improved to 8-2 overall. He has led both teams in scoring for the fifth time this season. Sunday’s game also marked a memorable milestone for Marshall as he eclipsed 1,000 career points — including his stats from Missouri State — in the first half.

Marshall’s shot over forward Matisse Thybulle went in with .02 of a second showing remaining to give the Wolf Pack its fourth consecutive win since losing the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout to Ione. Washington, however, in heading in the opposite direction, losing its fourth game in a row.

Nevada guard D.J. Fenner returned home to Seattle, where he played in high school, to score 20 points. Cameron Oliver added 18 points for the Wolf Pack, and Jordan Caroline contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Oliver stayed perfect this season after winning the tip against the Huskies.

Washington Guard Markelle Fultz finished with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field.

Nevada, which led 46-41 at the half after scoring the last six points, posted its biggest margin at 11 points with 11:59 remaining in the game when Marshall made a 3-pointer.

Washington guard David Crisp scored all 21 of his points in the second half. Crisp almost single-handedly drove Washington in its second-half comeback. At one time the Huskies trailed by 11 points, but a combination of Crisp’s 3-pointers, free throws and several baskets from inside the arch gave the Huskies hope in snapping its losing streak.

A 13-5 rally by Washington, during which Crisp hit two 3-pointers, cut Nevada’s lead to 74-73 with 7:19 left.

The Huskies remained within four points of Nevada until tying the game at 83 on a layup by Crisp with 2:07 left. Marshall answered with a jump shot with 1:15 remaining.

Fenner fouled Fultz when Fultz tried to make a put-back after his missed layup. Fultz sank the two free throws to tie the game with 12 seconds left in regulation.

After a timeout, Marshall took the pass in the half-court set, dribbled around Thybulle and managed to get the winning shot past Thybulle’s outstretched arms.

Nevada had four players in double-figure scoring for the eighth time this season. The Pack had three against Saint Mary’s and Pacific.

Jordan Caroline came just one rebound short of his fourth double-double, putting up 12 points with nine rebounds.