The Fresno State Bulldogs’ overtime victory at Nevada did not sit well with the Wolf Pack – with coach David Carter, anyway. Carter was livid after the Pack had made a number of mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Bulldogs to take the game into and win in overtime, including a missed free throw by Malik Story that would have given Nevada a two-possession lead with 14 seconds to go.
The Bulldogs came out of a timeout and Kevin Foster ran a perfectly executed play with a fake handoff to a decoy shooter down in the corner and knocked down a tying 3-pointer. Perfect, from the Fresno State standpoint. Nevada guard Deonte Burton was supposed to switch and didn’t, leaving Foster wide open.
“You can look at me,” the Nevada coach said, in the Reno Gazette Journal. “I know I’m the head of the team. But you know what? Sometimes they have to take ownership of the team and be accountable for what the (expletive deleted) they’re doing. You miss free throws, that’s concentration. You’re at home, you have the game in grasp and you can’t step up there and make plays, make free throws, maybe you’re not a Division I player.”
Carter did not allow any of the Wolf Pack players to speak to the media after the game — the third time he has done that this season. But he did plenty of talking for them, and to them.
“I just told them, ‘I don’t have any answers,’ ” Carter said. “I put you in position to win. I run sets, run plays, you have to make plays, you have to make free throws, you have to block out. There’s only so much I can control when you get out there.’ It’s up to them to decide what they want to be.”