Babbitt's Double-Double Leads Nevada Past Boise State

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Luke Babbitt had 29 points and 10 rebounds and to lead Nevada to an 88-82 victory over Boise State on Wednesday night.

Brandon Fields added 21 points for Nevada (12-7, 4-2 Western Athletic Conference), which has won four of its last five games.

The loss was the seventh in a row for Boise State (9-11, 0-7).

After Daequon Montreal's basket with 8:24 left pulled the Broncos to within 63-61, the Wolf Pack scored the next eight points. Four came on free throws after Boise State's Kurt Cunningham was called for a foul and an ensuing technical foul for slamming the basketball to the court.

Nevada led 76-64 before Boise State trimmed the lead to five. Babbitt then scored five straight points to push the lead back to 81-69 with 2:08 left.

Robert Arnold led Boise State with 21 points, Anthony Thomas added 19 and Ike Okoye had 16 and 13 rebounds.

Boise State's seven-game losing streak is the school's longest since the 2001-02 team also lost seven consecutive games.

Armon Johnson added 13 points and six assists for Nevada.

Babbitt was 8 of 10 from the field - hitting both 3-point attempts - and was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line. He scored 20 of his points in the second half and finished one point shy of tying his career-high.

The sophomore forward has scored 20 or more points in eight of Nevada's last nine games and has 13 double-digit rebounding games this season.

Nevada's biggest lead was 83-69 after Dario Hunt's dunk with 1:28 remaining. Boise State staged a late rally to pull within 85-80 on Arnold's third 3-pointer with 31 seconds left.

Babbitt hit two free throws and Fields made one to end the suspense.

The game was tied at 40 at halftime, but Boise State made just 4-of-19 shots to start the second half and the Wolf Pack took a 61-52 lead with 10:38 left.

A basket and free throw by Fields gave Nevada a 76-64 advantage with 6:13 left.

Boise State jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and Nevada didn't take its first lead until Joey Shaw's 3-pointer put the Wolf Pack ahead 19-18 with 12:21 left in the first half.

NEVADA (12-7)
Shaw 3-5 0-0 7, Babbitt 8-10 11-11 29, Hunt 4-6 1-2 9, Fields
8-16 3-9 21, Johnson 5-12 3-8 13, Nyeko 0-0 0-0 0, Cukic 0-1 3-4 3,
Kraemer 2-4 0-0 6, Carp 0-0 0-0 0, Olson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-55
21-34 88.

BOISE ST. (9-11)
Montreal 5-12 2-4 13, Okoye 6-14 4-4 16, Thomas 5-11 7-8 19,
Arnold 7-17 4-6 21, Anderson 2-7 1-1 5, Noonan 1-2 1-1 4, Moritz
1-2 0-0 2, Cunningham 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 28-71 19-24 82.

Halftime-Tied 40-40. 3-Point Goals-Nevada 7-13 (Babbitt 2-2,
Kraemer 2-4, Fields 2-5, Shaw 1-2), Boise St. 7-16 (Arnold 3-5,
Thomas 2-5, Noonan 1-2, Montreal 1-3, Anderson 0-1). Fouled
Out-Cukic, Montreal. Rebounds-Nevada 36 (Babbitt 10), Boise St. 39
(Okoye 13). Assists-Nevada 14 (Johnson 6), Boise St. 15 (Anderson,
Thomas 4). Total Fouls-Nevada 19, Boise St. 20.
Technical-Cunningham. A-2,833. Technica


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