RUSTON, La. (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 24 points as Nevada held on to defeat Louisiana Tech 73-70 on Thursday night.
The Wolfpack (12-17, 8-7 Western Athletic Conference) led 63-54 with 3:42 left to play, but a 16-8 run, capped by a Lonnie Smith 3-pointer with 6 seconds on the cock, pulled the Bulldogs to 71-70.
Louisiana Tech (12-19, 2-13) failed to get off another shot attempt after Cordarius Johnson turned it over with 2 seconds to go.
Malik Story added 15 points, Dario Hunt had 13 and Olek Czyz 12 for Nevada, which scored 29 points off 26 turnovers.
Kenyon McNeaill scored 21 points for the Bulldogs, who scored only seven points off 13 Wolfpack miscues. C.J. Scott added 16 points and Smith finished with 12.
Louisiana Tech shot 56.8 percent from the floor (25 of 44), outrebounded Nevada 36-24 and posted a 30-24 scoring edge in the paint.
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