Nevada's Jerry Petty scored 10 of his 14 points in the final 1:05 as the Wolf Pack (15-10, 10-5 in the Western Athletic Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Nevada swept the season series from San Jose State for the first time in eight years.
Brandon Hawkins scored 18 points to lead the Spartans (6-17, 3-11), who lost for the fifth time in six games.
Freshman Antonio Lawrence, who finished with 11 points for San Jose State, left the game with an apparent ankle injury midway through the second half. As he jogged down the court he began to hobble, then collapsed and writhed in pain.
``It popped,'' said Lawrence, displaying the prominent swelling on his ankle just before using crutches to help him toward a postgame shower.
He was able to limp back to the Spartans bench with the help of trainers and was sent to the locker room for further examination.
``We're such a poor rebounding team that it was big when he went down,'' SJSU Coach Phil Johnson said. ``We're so small. I don't think we go down if he's in the game.''
The Wolf Pack worked themselves back into the game and eventually tied it at 44 with 10:12 remaining when Okeson made three free throws.
Hawkins helped the Spartans regain the lead with a pair of quick baskets and San Jose State led 57-50 with 6:36 to go.
Nevada's Okeson scored eight straight points - hitting two 3-pointers - and Nevada went up 60-57 three minutes later.
San Jose State got within one at 65-64 with less than two minutes to play on a Bin Okunrinboye 3-pointer, but the Wolf Pack made all 11 of their free throws down the stretch to hold on.
The Spartans scored 10 unanswered points to take a 27-17 lead with 4:40 left in the first half but Nevada rallied to close to within 33-27 by halftime.
``We had no guys rebounding other than Antonio,'' Johnson said as he read the names off the summary with their rebound figures. ``We had nobody going inside.''
Reno, Nev. -- San Jose State completed it's sweep for the season with a 77-52 win Saturday, at Lawlor Events Center in Nevada.
Nevada drops to 10-15 (3-12) while San Jose State improves to 10-13 (6-8).
The Wolf Pack was showing glimpses of recovery after an 11-game losing streak brought down a bright season. It had won three of the last four, and problems that had arisen at the beginning of conference play had all but dissappeared.
In this game, however, Nevada was able to hit just 42 percent from the field, and managed just 2-8 three pointers.
San Jose dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Pack 44-28. Defensively, Nevada was strong, hitting the only four blocks of the game and grabbing seven steals, but did allow 48 percent shooting.
Senior Kate Smith (Reno, Nev.) led all Nevada scorers with 18, while tallying six boards. The 18 points brings Smith's career tally to 1,893 making her the second all-time leading scorer in school history.
Sophomore April Bankston (Hayward, Calif.) was the only other Nevada player to score in double digits with 11, despite fouling out with 4:29 left in the game.
San Jose State was led by the WAC's leading scorer in Cricket Williams whoe put in 28 points with five rebounds, while Tatiana Taylor scored 14 also with five boards.
The Spartans were down as much as seven early in the first half, but closed the half with a 15-6 run to take a 37-27 lead at intermission. Nevada's woes continued in the second half, being out scored 40-25 allowing the Spartans to explode to the 25-point victory.
The WAC Championship Tournament begins on March 11 in Tulsa Oklahoma.
In Men's baseball and women's softball news:
• Jordan Bergstrom and Markum King each had three RBIs, but it wasn't enough as San Jose State (5-5) lost 11-9 to visiting Washington State (1-7).
• San Jose State's Kelli McCollister had a no-hitter through six innings, but Sacramento State scored once in the seventh and again in the ninth to win 2-1, completing a doubleheader sweep at SJSU Field. The Hornets (11-3) won the first game 6-1. The Spartans fell to 5-8.
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