March Madness: Nevada completes 22-point comeback, beats Cincinnati


It's the happiest I've ever been in my life.

"We had a big lead", Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said.

"I'm proud of my guys, man", UMBC senior guard Jourdan Grant.

Dakota Mathias sank a three-pointer with 14.2 seconds left and second-seeded Purdue, minus star center Isaac Haas, held off 10th-seeded Butler 76-73 to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. "I think we're an example for many young people and many other teams in the tournament, that you can't let up at all". They played their game and came all the way back to finally take a lead with just nine seconds left in regulation.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats had a 44-33 rebounding edge and outscored Nevada 20-9 in second-chance points but allowed Nevada to get the rebound that decided the game.

With Nevada's win, there have been five game winners in the opening weekend of the tournament, one shy of the most since the tournament expanded in 1985, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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After Cincinnati went up by 22 points late in the game, the Bearcats forgot how to play the game of basketball, and the Cinderella Wolfpack pounced on them like a pack of wolves ready to eat their prey alive.

Cody Martin led Nevada's furious rally by collecting 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists with no turnovers.

The Nevada Wolf Pack aren't messing.

Nevada moves on to face Loyola of Chicago in the Sweet 16 next week in Atlanta.

Joel Berry II scored 21 points in his final game for the second-seeded Tar Heels (26-11), who were trying to reach their third straight Final Four. "This feeling is never going away the rest of any of our lives". Junior swingman Jordan Caroline's hit a layup to cut the lead to three points with 1:55 remaining.