INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (Ticker) -- Mo Charlo's clutch play moved Nevada one win away from a second straight Sweet 16.
Charlo completed a late three-point play, set up another basket and grabbed two key rebounds as ninth-seeded Nevada captured a 61-57 victory over No. 8 Texas in the first round of the Chicago Region.
The Wolf Pack (25-6) overcame a poor shooting performance by their leading scorer, Nick Fazekas, to earn their 11th straight win and set up a matchup with top-seeded Illinois in the next round on Saturday.
"This was a typical game for us because we win ugly," Nevada coach Mark Fox said. "Most of our games are grinders. We haven't been beaten by a zone all year, so we didn't think that would be a problem.
"We knew coming in that if we could defend and rebound, then we would give ourselves a chance to win."
Last season, Nevada was one of the surprises of the tournament, beating both Michigan State and Gonzaga before losing to national runner-up Georgia Tech in the regional semifinals.
"We were concerned about their athletic ability and size," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "These are two teams that are pretty evenly matched and it really came down to a couple of possessions."
In this one, the Wolf Pack were trailing, 57-53, despite sub-40 percent shooting when Charlo pulled down an offensive rebound, was fouled completing a layup with 1:27 left and made the ensuing free throw for a one-point deficit.
After the Longhorns (20-11) had a turnover on the other end, Charlo hit a cutting Kevinn Pinkney with a jump pass in the lane. Pinkney took a bump from Texas' Kenny Taylor and made a shot to put Nevada ahead, 58-57, with 44 seconds left.
"It wasn't a specific play that we were going to run," said Pinkney, who scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. "I just got open and Mo found me and luckily I made that shot. I missed the free throw, but I'd rather have two than one."
Freshman point guard Daniel Gibson then made a rare mental mistake for the Longhorns, attempting an ill-advised 3-pointer, and Nevada's Ramon Sessions was fouled collecting the rebound. After Sessions split two from the stripe for a 59-57 advantage, Texas had a chance to tie the game with 12 seconds left, but Jason Klotz missed a layup and Brad Buckman came up short on his follow shot before Charlo ripped down the rebound.
"I just threw it up there in traffic," said Klotz of the miss. "I really thought it was going in."
Charlo, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, made two free throws to complete the scoring.
Fazekas, who entered averaging over 21 points, had a season-low 10 points but collected 13 rebounds for Nevada, which won the rebounding battle, 49-40, but shot just 37 percent (23-of-62).
The Wolf Pack are now 21-4 when topping their opponent in rebounds.
"They did it without me tonight," Fazekas said. "Their post guys are bigger and stronger than me and got me out of my game early. I just couldn't get it going, but it's not about how I play. I'm just glad to get the win."
Klotz scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half and Buckman added 14 for the Longhorns, who shot 35 percent (24-of-68) to fall to 11-4 in first-round games since 1985.
Hindered by a tough Nevada defense, Texas was held to a number of season lows, including assists (2), 3-point attempts (10) and free-throw attempts (6).
Gibson, the Longhorn's leader in scoring and assists, had just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, did not have an assist for the just the second time this season and committed three of his team's five turnovers.
"They were very aggressive," said Gibson about the Wolf Pack defense. "On the ball screens, they showed pretty hard."