March 1, 2007

Utah State pulls upset of No. 10 Nevada

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LOGAN, Utah -Chaz Spicer made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to give Utah State a 79-77 upset victory over No. 10 Nevada on Thursday night, ending the Wolf Pack's nine-game winning streak.

Nevada's Marcelus Kemp missed an off-balance shot he managed to get off before falling out of bounds at the buzzer, but the ball missed everything and had barely landed before Utah State fans swarmed the court.

Stephen DuCharme led Utah State (21-9, 9-7 Western Athletic Conference) with 20 points and took the ball away from Nevada's Nick Fazekas to set up Spicer's winning free throws.

Fazekas finished with 20 points and Kemp scored 25 for Nevada (26-3, 13-2), which had already clinched its third straight WAC regular season outright title.

Ramon Sessions added nine points and 12 rebounds for the Wolf Pack, who are as high as they've ever been in the polls but will likely to drop from the Top-10 after blowing a 15-point lead.

Sessions put back two misses by Fazekas to start the overtime and Fazekas added a hook shot that put Nevada ahead 77-75. Fazekas then swatted away Jaycee Carroll's layup attempt at the other end and Nevada had a chance to pull ahead, but DuCharme knocked the ball away and Durrall Peterson picked it up and threw a long pass to Carroll under the basket for the tying layup.

DuCharme came up with another big defensive play after Carroll's layup, knocking the ball away from Fazekas and the Aggies were poised for the final shot. Spicer got one off from the top of the key that was way short, but he drew contact by Fazekas and went to the line with 3.8 seconds left.

Nevada coach Mark Fox, who bumped an official late in regulation after an offensive foul was called on Fazekas, was livid and stomped his feet and screamed before calling a time out, which didn't faze Spicer before he made both his free throws.

Nevada led 40-25 late in the first half on a 3-pointer by Fazekas, but couldn't hold off the Aggies as they won their 15th straight at home.

Nevada had to rally to force overtime after giving up a 10-0 run late in regulation, including two free throws on a technical when Fox collided with an official while charging onto the court.

Fox was furious after Fazekas was called for the offensive foul with 3:56 left in regulation and rushed out and bumped the official before one of his assistants caught up to him and pulled him away. Carroll made both free throws to put the Aggies up 68-62 with 3:56 left.

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