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Updated: Monday, December 22, 2003 1:45 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Nevada 75, (7) Kansas 61

RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- Kirk Snyder and Nevada certainly had this date circled on their calendar.

Snyder displayed his all-around game by scoring 29 points as Nevada posted a 75-61 upset of No. 7 Kansas in the Wolf Pack Holiday Classic.

Nevada (5-3) only was able to schedule a home game with Kansas in its own tournament because Jayhawk freshman David Padgett, a Reno native, was given a pair of homecoming games. It was a nightmare for the Jayhawks, who never led and were buried by Snyder in a dismal first half.

Snyder set the tone with a one-handed dunk for a 7-0 lead and Nevada continued the onslaught. Nick Fazekas' two foul shots opened a 40-17 lead with 1:23 left before halftime.

Snyder's 3-pointer gave Nevada its largest lead at 49-24 with 17:17 to go, forcing Kansas coach Bill Self to use his fourth timeout.

Kansas (6-2) pulled within 68-61 on Aaron Miles' layup with 1:49 remaining but failed to score again. The Wolf Pack made 7-of-8 foul shots in the final 1:38 to seal the win.

The 10,963 fans - the sixth-largest crowd in school history - mobbed the court as the final buzzer sounded in what easily was fifth-year coach Trent Johnson's biggest victory. Moments before the end, Johnson had his head in his hands as he tried to maintain his composure.

Nevada had 12 second-chance points off 11 offensive rebounds in the first half as it attacked the glass with reckless abandon, creating a 23-13 rebounding margin at halftime.

Johnson may have hid Snyder by using him only 11 minutes in Saturday's rout of Alabama State so Kansas' coaches could not get a good look at him. They got too good a look a day later as the preseason Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year nailed 9-of-18 shots and also grabbed nine rebounds.

Okeson scored 12 points and Kevinn Pinkney added 10 for Nevada, which improved to 1-1 against ranked teams following a 93-79 loss at Connecticut on November 19. The Wolf Pack shot 83 percent (24-of-29) at the foul line.

The Jayhawks were a woeful 6-of-23 from the floor in the first half, sprinkling in nine turnovers. They were slightly better after halftime - Self kept them in the locker room right before the final 20 minutes began - but it was too late.

Kansas star Keith Langford managed 11 points and six assists and missed eight of his first nine shots. The Jayhawks were a woeful 17 percent (3-of-18) on 3-pointers.

Nevada won for the first time in four meetings with Kansas.


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