Nevada senior standout Deonte Burton (19 points) got into foul trouble early and the Pack turned the ball over 16 times while shooting a porous 34 percent from the floor (17-50) in the loss.
It took Burton until the waning minutes of the game to find his touch. The rest of the offense never found it.
“We just didn’t have enough production offensively,” Nevada coach David Carter said. “We only had one guy (Burton, 7-13) make more than two field goals.”
Jerry Evans Jr. (11 points) turned in the second-highest scoring performance for the Pack, connecting on just two of nine shots. Evans Jr. was 6-9 from the free throw line.
With 37 seconds left, and Nevada trailing by three with the ball, all 5,133 in the Lawlor Events Center believed Burton would take the next shot.
Burton drilled a three-ball 26 seconds prior to cut the Eagles’ lead to one.
Burton was trapped, however, after crossing midcourt, forcing Carter to call his final timeout. After the break, Burton dished to Michael Perez (6 points, 2-9 shooting), expecting the double team that never arrived. His shot missed the mark.
Morehead’s Kareem Storey pulled down the rebound and sunk the ensuing free throws to put the game away.
“We were anticipating them double-teaming Deonte like they have been doing, so we didn’t get a good look there and we were out of timeouts,” Carter said.
Burton, the Pack’s unquestioned leader, was forced to sit for six minutes early in the first half after committing two fouls in the first three and-a-half minutes.
Marqueze Coleman came off the bench in place of Burton and committed four of his game-high eight turnovers in the first half.
Carter said he believed Coleman’s turnovers were a result of coming into the game earlier than he typically expects and he wasn’t concerned about the gaudy number of individual turnovers.
After taking a 27-25 lead into halftime, Nevada allowed Morehead St. to shoot 48 percent from the floor (13-27) in the second half. The Eagles grabbed the lead for good with 14:39 left in the game on a Billy Reader three-ball. The shot put Morehead St. in front 41-38.
“We gave this one away big time,” Burton said.
Despite allowing Morehead to connect on nearly half its second-half attempts, Carter said the performance was probably his defense’s best showing of the young season.
Morehead’s Chad Posthumus was a force down low, finishing with 10 points (4-11) shooting and pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds, five on the offensive side.
Nevada’s biggest lead was four at the 1:27 mark in the first half.
The Wolf Pack will try to improve to 4-3 on Thanksgiving day against UCLA in Las Vegas. The Eagles fell to the Bruins 81-70 Friday in Los Angeles.
The Thanksgiving day game tips off at 4:30 p.m.