Nevada Has Best Comeback in NCAA Tournament History

20 March, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Elena Meyer
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"We told them, 'Guys, we are down 22 on the biggest stage we will ever play on, '" said Nevada head coach Eric Musselman, whose team erased a 14-point deficit against Texas the round prior.

Once the final horn sounded, a jubilant Caroline slid toward midcourt while Clark lay on his back under the basket. "I think we're an example for many young people and many other teams in the tournament, that you can't let up at all".

Cincinnati (31-5) scored the game's first 10 points and was up 44-32 at halftime, the fifth straight time Nevada has trailed at the intermission.

Nevada entered the game seeking their second-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance and first since 2004.

Cody Martin led the way for the Pack with a game-high 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and no turnovers. "How disappointing was it for you, how hard is it for you to walk away when you know that you didn't get that this year?"

The comeback was the Wolf Pack's second show of resiliency in three days. Nevada eventually will have to start producing faster starts in order to keep advancing.

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Early in the second half, it looked as if the Wolf Pack would have to be content with one NCAA Tournament victory, a regular season Mountain West Championship and the knowledge that another important building block had been put in place for the program since Musselman took over three seasons ago.

After Cincinnati went up by 22 points late in the game, the Bearcats forgot how to play the game of basketball, and the Cinderella Wolfpack pounced on them like a pack of wolves ready to eat their prey alive.

Sophomore guard Jarron Cumblerland put the No. 2 Bearcats up 65-43 with 11:34 remaining for Cincinnati's largest lead of the game.

"We're always going to foul in those situations and it's always worked for us", Boeheim said.

The Spartans took a school record 37 shots beyond the arc, making just eight of them.

Nevada is on to Atlanta.

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