Nevada Roars Back to Take Down Mohamed Bamba, Texas in OT March Madness Win

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2018

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  The Nevada Wolf Pack bench reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the game in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The seventh-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack survived in overtime, earning an 87-83 win over the 10th-seeded Texas Longhorns in the South Regional of the 2018 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Senior guard Kendall Stephens was one of five Nevada starters to score in double figures, pouring in a team-high 22 points.

Longhorns freshman forward Mohamed Bamba finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds and fouled out with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

Bamba's fifth foul capped off what had been a disastrous second half for Texas, though some argued Bamba didn't deserve his early exit:

Brian Davis @BDavisAAS

I'm gonna go out on this limb and say that was a horrible call on Bamba.

Rob Dauster @RobDauster

Mo Bamba's last two fouls were not fouls.

Chris Hummer of 247Sports countered that Texas had little room for complaint after it threw away what had been shaping up as a comfortable win:

Chris Hummer @chris_hummer

The foul calls on Bamba were horrible, but Texas shouldn't even be in this position.

The Longhorns were up 40-26 with 18:43 left in the game before the Wolf Pack stormed back. Nevada junior guard Jordan Caroline had an opportunity to put his team ahead before overtime but made just one of his two free throws after Bamba fouled out.

Texas freshman guard Matt Coleman, who had 25 points in the game, scored five quick points in overtime to get the Longhorns ahead early in the extra frame. The lead didn't hold, though, as a pair of three-pointers from Wolf Pack junior forward Caleb Martin put Nevada ahead 81-77 with 1:38 left.

Texas junior guard Kerwin Roach II made things interesting with a three-pointer within the final 18 seconds to make it an 85-83 game, but Stephens nailed two free throws to seal the result.

Nevada will meet the second-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round. Cincinnati had its hands full with the 15th-seeded Georgia State Panthers before pulling away in the second half to win 68-53.


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