Reggie Larry scored 20 points, Matt Nelson
added 19 and Boise State beat Nevada 77-68 on Thursday night.
Boise State, which leads the nation in field goal percentage,
rode 62 percent shooting to build a 42-30 halftime lead, then held
off Nevada in the second half.
The Wolf Pack cut Boise State's lead to 58-53 with 9:33 left.
But four consecutive free throws by Larry and Nelson, and a Nelson
basket put the Broncos (18-6, 9-3 Western Athletic Conference) back
ahead by 11 with 8 minutes left.
Marcelus Kemp led Nevada's second half comeback with 17 of his
22 points in the second half. Brandon Fields added 12 for the Wolf
Pack (16-9, 8-4 WAC) and Armon Johnson had 11.
Boise State set the tone early, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and
never trailing. Boise State swept both games from Nevada for the
first time since the 1998-99 season.
Nevada was hindered when starting forward Demarshay Johnson left
the game early with an ankle sprain and didn't return until late in
the game. He scored only 2 points.
Despite a career high 22 from Johnna Ward, Nevada loses at home to Boise State 80 to 69.