Kemp leads Nevada over Creighton
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 27 points and grabbed
12 rebounds, and the Nevada Wolf Pack outlasted the Creighton Bluejays, 77-71,
in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Nevada advances to play second-seeded Memphis in the second round on Sunday.
Nick Fazekas finished with 17 points, 11 boards, and four blocks for the
seventh-seeded Wolf Pack (29-4). Ramon Sessions scored 16 points, and Kyle
Shiloh added 10 points and seven boards for Nevada.
Nate Funk led Creighton (22-11) with 23 points. Nick Porter finished with 15
points and eight rebounds, and Anthony Tolliver added 15 points and six
rebounds. Dane Watts grabbed 10 boards for the Missouri Valley Conference
A Tolliver layup cut the Wolf Pack lead to 74-71 with 11 seconds left in
overtime, but Kemp hit two free throws, and Sessions made a layup in the final
seconds to ice the game.
Kemp made four free throws down the stretch to seal the Nevada win.
The Wolf Pack scored the first four points of the extra session and never
looked back. Porter converted a three-point play to pull Creighton to within
63-62 with 3:33 left, but Kemp drilled a three on the next possession, posting
Nevada to a 66-62 lead.
After two Funk free throws cut the lead to 66-64, a Shiloh layup and a
Sessions jumper put the Wolf Pack up 70-64 with 1:27 left. Creighton would
twice cut the deficit to three, but could draw no closer as the Wolf Pack made
their free throws down the stretch.
The game was neck-and-neck from the opening tip, with the largest lead by
either team being a seven-point Nevada advantage in the first half. Three
straight Creighton steals and layups put the Bluejays up 57-52 with just over
six minutes left.
The Bluejays lead stood at 59-55 after a Tolliver layup with 4:06 left, but
Kemp and Fazekas answered with jumpers, the second tying the game at 59 with
Neither team could score a point down the stretch, though, with Fazekas
missing a three with 42 ticks left, and Funk missing a jumper with three
seconds left, sending the game to overtime.
Creighton led, 32-31, at the half.
Nevada set a record for wins in a season, with 29…The game saw 10 ties and
12 lead changes…Nevada won despite having 19 turnovers, to only six by
Creighton. The Bluejays scored 24 points off turnovers, to only eight by the