Published Friday, March 16, 2018|3:53 p.m.
Updated Friday, March 16, 2018|4:25 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Caleb Martin scored 18 points and made 2 huge 3-pointers in overtime Friday as UNR rallied to beat Texas 87-83 for its very first NCAA Competition triumph since 2007.
UNR (28-7) removed a 14-point, second-half deficit and tied it at 68 when Jordan Caroline struck one of two free tosses with 3.8 seconds left in guideline. The Wolf Pack returned again after tracking by five early in an overtime session that included 34 combined points.
The Wolf Load, seeded seventh in the South Region, advanced to a Sunday matchup with No. 2 seed Cincinnati (31-4). The Bearcats beat Georgia State 68-53.
Martin’s 3-pointer with 2:26 left in overtime offered UNR its very first lead since opening the video game on a 5-0 run. Texas’ Matt Coleman took a jumper that walked around and out, and Martin struck another 3 that extended UNR’s cause 81-77 with 1:36 left.
After Coleman cut UNR’s margin to 81-79, Martin passed to twin sibling Cody for a layup that made it 83-79 with 53 seconds remaining. Tenth-seeded Texas later on got within 2 on a 3-pointer by Kerwin Roach II with 15.5 seconds left, but that’s as close as the Longhorns got.
Caleb Martin likewise had 10 rebounds and 5 helps. Cody Martin had 14 points, 8 rebounds and five helps. UNR’s Kendall Stephens had a team-high 22 points.
Roach had a career-high 26 points for Texas (19-15) and shot 6 of 10 from 3-point variety. Coleman had a career-best 25 points.
After trailing 40-26 early in the 2nd half, UNR connected it on Caroline’s foul shot. That came after the fifth nasty on Texas’ Mohamed Bamba, who ended up with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Texas’ Dylan Osetkowski then tossed an inbounds pass half the length of the court to Jericho Sims, who knocked the ball out of bounds. That turnover offered UNR the ball about 20 feet from Texas’ basket with 1.6 seconds left.
Caleb Martin missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. However he was right on the mark with the game on the line in overtime.
Texas: The Longhorns squandered huge efficiencies from Coleman and Roach, who actually had a four-point play early in overtime. Texas’ defense wasn’t the very same in overtime after Bamba fouled out late in policy.
UNR: The Martin twins, who moved to UNR from North Carolina State, showed up huge down the stretch. They combined for just 9 first-half points however teamed up for 24 points in the 2nd half and overtime. UNR was 3 of 3 from 3-point variety in overtime after going simply 8 of 26 in policy.
Texas: The Longhorns wait to hear whether Bamba, a possible lottery game choice, will go into the NBA draft now that his freshman season’s over.
UNR: The Wolf Load face Cincinnati on Sunday.