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Fullerton Gives Nevada a Scare, but Loses in Overtime, 71-66

February 23, 1996|LON EUBANKS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Nevada got much more than it might have expected from last-place Cal State Fullerton Thursday night, but the Wolf Pack squeezed out a victory and stayed in the thick of the Big West Conference basketball title race.

It took an overtime and some anxious moments, but Nevada emerged with a 71-66 victory in front of 812 in Titan Gym to keep its hopes up for Saturday night's game against first-place UC Irvine.

Nevada, 16-9 overall and 9-6 in Big West, remains in third place.

The Wolf Pack finally pulled away in the final 32 seconds of overtime when Damien Edwards and Richard Brown each made two free throws. Edwards finished with 18 points to lead Nevada.

Nevada's top scorer, Brian Green, played only 13 minutes and failed to start for the first time in 35 games because of flu.

Fullerton (6-17, 5-10) gave Nevada a run behind the strong inside play of forward John Williams, who finished with 23 points.

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