Broncos Slip to Nevada in 2OT, 83-81
Ryan Watkins scored a career-high of 27 points on Wednesday night.

March 05, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Deonte Burton scored eight of his 25 points in the second overtime as Nevada recorded a dramatic 83-81 double-overtime victory over Boise State Wednesday night, at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos were led by yet another double-double from Ryan Watkins.

Watkins scored a career-high 27 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and pulled down 14 rebounds. It was his 15th double-double of the seasond and 11th in 17 Mountain West games. Along the way he became the 25th Bronco to score 1,000 career points, moved into third on the all-time rebounding list at Boise State, set the school record for double-doubles in a season and became the first player in Mountain West history to score 200 points and grab 200 rebounds in conference games. Watkins is the second Bronco in program history with at least 1,000 points and 750 rebounds (Jason Ellis, 2001-05).

Michael Perez added 17 points and Jerry Evans Jr. scored 15 for the Wolf Pack (14-16, 9-8 Mountain West). Burton began the second overtime with a three-point play and Nevada never trailed again while winning for only the second time in eight games.

Derrick Marks led a second-half rally from the Broncos to force overtime. Marks scored 16 points, all coming after halftime.

Boise State trailed 32-24 at the break after shooting just 25.8 percent in the first 20 minutes. Nevada's lead reached 12 with 17 minutes to play, at 42-30. The Broncos scored 10 unanswered in the next 97 seconds to kickstart a 27-10 run and take a 57-52 lead with 5:16 remaining. Marks scored six points and had two assists during the span.

Anthony Drmic came off the bench for the first time in his career. Drmic missed the previous game with an ankle injury, put scored 15 points in 36 minutes as a reserve. He scored 12 of his 15 in a 10-minute spurt during Boise State's game-changing run.

Nevada trailed 62-57 with under three minutes left in regulation before Burton's driving hoop and Marqueze Coleman's 3-pointer tied the score with 2:05 remaining. Boise State missed four free throws in the final 2:36 to keep Nevada alive.

In the first overtime, Nevada led 69-66 after two free throws by Perez with 6.3 seconds before Thomas Bropleh drained a deep three-pointer at the buzzer.

Jeff Elorriaga chipped in 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from three-point range. It was Elorriaga's highest scoring output of the conference season.

Bropleh, Elorriaga and Watkins were honored before the game during Senior Night festivities. It was the final home game of the regular season for the senior trio, who were members of Leon Rice's first recruiting class.


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