NCAA Basketball: Nevada Climbs From 25-point Deficit to Defeat New Mexico in Historic Win
The Nevada Wolfpack picked up a sweet victory on Saturday night, while making history in the process.
As noted in a post-game report by Jeff Eisenberg for Yahoo! Sports' "The Dagger", Nevada was able to put up "one of the most improbable" comebacks in college basketball history. After being down by 25 points with 11 minutes left in the second half, the Wolfpack managed to claw their way back into the contest, en route to a 105-104 victory in overtime.
As seen in the short game clip, it was second-year forward Jordan Caroline who provided the heroics in the dying moments of the extra period. With 2.9 ticks left on the clock, he successfully fired up a three-pointer from the left wing, to the extreme delight of his teammates on the court, and on the bench. Nevada's victory also marks the eighth largest second-half comeback in the history of NCAA basketball.
It was also noted in Eisenberg's report that Nevada head coach Eric Musselman had already lost hope, that he even pulled out top scorer Marcus Marshall from the game with a few minutes left on the clock. The main intention was to give his star player a breather, and lessen the risk of any injury. And according to the veteran coach, his team's performance revealed what kind of character his players have, especially after coming back to win it the way they did.
"I've coached in college, in the NBA, internationally, and I've never seen anything like that. The biggest benefit of it is now our guys know that we can come back from any deficit. I'm 52, and it's a lesson for me that anything is possible in sports," coach Musselman said.
With the win, Nevada now holds a record of 14-3, 3-1. They are scheduled to face the Wyoming Cowboys next, on January 15, full of adrenalin.
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