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Wyoming holds on vs. Nevada

Jan 27, 2014 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- After the first meeting between Nevada and Wyoming, Wolf Pack forward A.J. West said he didn't know who Larry Nance Jr. was. He does now, after Nance scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and sank a running 8-foot hook shot over West with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift Wyoming over Nevada 64-62 on Saturday.

Riley Grabau scored 13 and Josh Adams 12 for the Cowboys (13-6, 4-2 Mountain West).

Deonte Burton had 25 points to lead Nevada (10-10, 5-2) but fouled out with 2:06 left in overtime. Jerry Evans Jr. had 14 points and Michael Perez 11 for the Wolf Pack, who had won 61-58 in Reno in the conference opener after Nance missed a last-second shot.

Earlier in the week, Burton was quoted as saying he hates playing in Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium, which is due for a $30 million face-lift this summer.

Nance used Burton and West's comments as extra motivation.

"You know what? That makes it so much better," Nance said of the last-second victory. "Where they can feel so confident to talk about us like that and we get the fan support that we did and we come in here and beat 'em like that, it just makes it that much better."

The crowd of 6,944 -- the largest of the season for Wyoming --was especially loud throughout.

"I loved it. I enjoy that atmosphere," Burton said. "It's fun to be out there in that environment."

He had nothing but praise for Nance's effort.

"It was a tough hook shot. He's a great player," Burton said.

Nance's offensive rebound and dunk gave the Cowboys a 62-59 lead with 1:33 left in the extra frame, but Cole Huff hit a free throw after Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt was issued a technical foul for protesting a palming call against Adams. Nevada retained possession and Evans sank a 10-footer to tie it at 62 with 34 seconds remaining.
 

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