Luke Babbitt hit two key jump shots down the stretch and the Nevada Wolf Pack outlasted the Idaho State Bengals 68-63 Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.
Babbitt, who finished with a team-high 16 points, connected on a
15-foot jumper from the right side to give Nevada (7-5) a 62-57
lead with 1:30 to play. The 6-foot-9 freshman also drained an
18-footer from the top of the key for a 64-60 lead with 53 seconds
Idaho State (2-10), which has now lost five in a row, tied the
game at 52-52 on a three-point play by Amorrow Morgan with 5:47 to
play. Morgan led all scorers with 19 points.
Nevada had led by as many as 12 (45-33) in the second half and
13 (26-13) in the first half.
Nevada went on a 15-2 run midway through the first half to
seemingly take control of the game. Joey Shaw, Armon Johnson and
Ray Kraemer each connected on 3-pointers during the run as Nevada
took a 32-23 halftime lead.
Idaho State jumped out to a 7-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Kal Bay
just three minutes into the game. Nevada, though, took its first
lead at 10-9 on a jumper in the lane by Brandon Fields with 13:25
to go in the first half.