January 25, 2018 / 7:06 AM / 9 months ago

Wyoming topples No. 23 Nevada in double OT

Senior forward Hayden Dalton scored seven of his 25 points in the second overtime as Wyoming upset No. 23 Nevada 104-103 on Wednesday in Mountain West play at Laramie, Wyo.

Junior guard Justin James scored a career-best 33 points and also collected 10 rebounds before fouling out in the first extra session for the Cowboys (13-7, 4-3 MW). Senior guard Louis Adams added 17 points for Wyoming, and freshman guard Hunter Maldonado had 13.

Junior forward Jordan Caroline recorded a season-high 29 points and also grabbed nine rebounds for Nevada, which had its seven-game winning streak halted. Junior forward Cody Martin scored 27 points and twin brother Caleb had 19 for the Wolf Pack (18-4, 7-1).

The setback ended Nevada’s regular-season conference winning streak at 13 games, one shy of the Mountain West mark set by New Mexico in 2010.

Dalton swished a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Cowboys a 98-94 lead with 1:29 left in the second overtime, and he added two free throws 16 seconds later. Adams split two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to give Wyoming a four-point edge en route to improving to 9-2 at home.

A 3-pointer by Cody Martin gave the Wolf Pack an 87-83 lead with 1:44 left in the first overtime, but Wyoming rebounded and eventually took an 89-88 lead on Adams’ runner with 21.2 seconds to go. Caroline split two free throws with 10.7 seconds left to tie the game.

James drove for a layup with 21.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 74 and force overtime.

James hit two free throws to give Wyoming a 48-39 advantage with 16:32 to play in regulation before Nevada answered with an 11-3 surge to move within one. The Wolf Pack inched ahead briefly at 55-54 on two free throws by senior guard Hallice Cooke with 11:17 to play.

The Cowboys rattled off the next nine points with James’ three-point play accounting for a 63-55 edge with 9:08 remaining. The Wolf Pack eventually knotted the score at 72 when Caroline rebounded his own miss and made the put-back with 3:59 left.

James had 14 points and five rebounds in the first half as Wyoming possessed a 38-35 lead at the break.

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