SEATTLE (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 29 points and had a career-high six steals to help Nevada beat Washington 76-73 on Saturday night.
Burton scored Nevada’s final nine points, including two 3-pointers to help hold off the Huskies, which had rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to take a 61-60 lead. But Burton answered with a three-point play of his own and the Wolf Pack never trailed again.
Malik Story had 15 points and eight rebounds for Nevada (5-4).
C.J. Wilcox scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Washington (4-4), which had won two straight. Scott Suggs added 19 points, Abdul Gaddy had 16 and Aziz N’Diaye had 11.
Nevada led 53-35 with 14:35 remaining before the Huskies used a 20-2 run to tie the game at 55 with 7:34 remaining.
Burton nailed a 3 from way out top to make it 70-66 and added a second 3-pointer while falling back near the Nevada bench to give the Wolf Pack a 73-68 lead with 1:58 left. He added three free throws to seal the win.
“A good team came out and beat us with two super-human 3-point shots by Deonte Burton,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They were highly contested, well-defended shots, he’s just a heck of a player and hit two big shots.”
Wilcox played Burton tight on both shots.
“The first one was a tough shot and the second one I actually tipped,” Wilcox said. “I thought it was going to be an air ball but once he got going, he could make shots like that.”
Nevada coach David Carter watched his team snap a two-game losing streak.
“(This game) helps us a lot,” Carter said. “Washington’s a great team and they are going to win a lot of games in the Pac-12. Any time you can win on the road it boosts your confidence.”
Suggs, who missed the previous three games with a sprained foot, hit a 3-pointer to give Washington its first lead of the game at 61-60 with 5:17 left.
Gaddy had a steal and a dunk to tie the game at 55 with 7:34 left and complete a 20-2 run. Gaddy’s steal came right after a put-back by N’Diaye.
“We dug ourselves a hole with too many defensive lapses in the first half,” Romar said. “In the second half, we had a courageous effort in the comeback. We guarded a lot better but we missed some easy ones late in the game.”