Portland holds on for 66-62 victory over Nevada
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Nemanja Mitrovic scored 22 points and Portland held off a late rally by Nevada for a 66-62 victory on Monday night.
The Pilots (11-3) won their fourth straight despite shooting just 37 percent from the field, their worst shooting performance at home this season.
Dario Hunt finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack (3-10), who hit only 38.3 percent of their shots.
Portland appeared to have the game under control after Mitrovic canned a short jumper to make it 54-42 with 4:27 remaining, but Nevada scored seven unanswered points to trim the deficit to five. After the Pilots pushed their lead up to 59-51 with 1:25 left, the Wolf Pack turned to the 3-pointer. Malik Story hit two and Olek Czyz added a third to make it 62-60 with 37 seconds to go.
Following two free throws by Portland’s Tim Douglas, Deonte Burton answered with a driving basket and a steal, giving Nevada a chance to tie or take the lead. Instead, Story’s 3 under duress failed to hit the rim, and Mitrovic sank two foul shots to secure the victory.
Portland had not trailed on its home court this season until Hunt scored the opening basket of Monday’s game. But Nevada’s advantage didn’t last long as Portland scored the next 14 points. Nevada then responded with a 13-5 run to make it 19-15. Portland led 29-21 at halftime thanks mostly to Mitrovic’s four 3-pointers and 14 first-half points.