After trailing the Dons 27-26 at halftime, Nevada came out of the break and put the defensive clamps down on San Francisco. Putting together a 23-7 run, the Wolf Pack seized a 15-point 49-34 lead with 7:36 left in the contest. Although the visitors mounted a comeback effort that eventually cut the deficit to two, fortunately for Silver and Blue faithful the hoopsters managed to hold on for a 59-51 victory.
Out of the intermission Nevada took a 34-32 edge four minutes into the second half. The Wolf Pack then rattled off 15 of the game’s next 17 points in a nine minute span that was capped off by a three-point bucket by guard Patrick Nyeko. The run put Nevada ahead 49-34 with under eight minutes remaining in the game.
While the Wolf Pack thought it had built itself a comfortable advantage, the Dons countered with their own run to get back in the game.
Kick started by a trey from Avry Holmes, San Francisco strung together a 15-2 spurt to leave the scoreboard reading 51-49 in the Wolf Pack’s favor at the 2:41 mark.
Nevada guard then scored the game’s next three points with a free throw and a runner in the lane that glanced off the glass and in to put the Wolf Pack up 54-49 with 1:53 left. After a San Francisco triple cut the lead to three with 1:06 remaining, Nevada sealed the contest with five free throws for the victory.
The Wolf Pack’s third straight victory came thanks to a defensive effort that held the Dons to 19.2 percent shooting from the field (5-of-26) in the second half, including just 11 percent (1-of-9) from three-point range.
Burton led the Wolf Pack in its winning effort, finishing the contest with 14 points. Guard Jordan Burris chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds while Kevin Panzer added seven points and seven rebounds. Nevada outrebounded the Dons 45-30.
Nevada (7-4) will next host Cal State San Marcos on Friday at 7:00 p.m.