College Basketball Nation: Patrick Nyeko

Nevada fans' court storm was debatable

December, 6, 2011
12/06/11
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Nevada fans rushed the court Friday after the Wolf Pack completed a comeback overtime victory against Washington, as it was a big win for a team coming off a 13-win season.

But was it big enough to justify such a celebration? Washington wasn't a ranked team nor was it unbeaten at the time. Nevada is the preseason pick to win the WAC, according to the league's coaches. So after the game, there was some debate about whether or not the court storm was warranted, according to the Nevada Sagebrush.
"I really humongously disliked the fans rushing the court," Senior business economics major Cavin Erdmannhill said after the game. "If we were playing the No. 10 team in the nation and we rushed the court, it would be chill, but Washington is not that big of a deal.

"It was a good game, but I don't think it was worth rushing the court."

Despite the critical analysis from some fans, sophomore Nevada guard Jordan Burris and junior guard Patrick Nyeko smiled from ear to ear as they frolicked in the center of the court with Wolf Pack fans.

"Any time you defeat a Pac-12 team that you’re not supposed to beat -- it's just fun, and the students love it," Nevada alumni and graduate student Russell Louie said. "They're in a better conference than us and they traditionally get better talent than we do so it's a great win, and rushing the court was warranted I would say."

The win was significant for Nevada as it saw star guard Deonte Burton lead the comeback with 31 points as the Wolf Pack looked to establish itself as the WAC frontrunner for the first time in the David Carter era. Meanwhile, Washington knows it has much to improve upon as a number of young players on the team are still getting acclimated. If anything, Nevada's celebration was a sign of respect because in the eyes of some, beating a top-tier Pac-12 team in the regular season certainly counts for something.

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