No. 7 Nevada holds off South Dakota State, stays unbeaten

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Jordan Caroline scored 21 points and No. 7 Nevada mounted yet another comeback in a 72-68 win over South Dakota State on Saturday night.

The Jackrabbits jumped ahead 40-33 at halftime in the matchup of 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. Nevada opened the second half on a 12-3 run en route to its fourth straight comeback of seven points or more.

Caleb Martin scored 20 points for Nevada (12-0), and Cody Martin and Trey Porter had 12 each.

Skyler Flatten led South Dakota State (9-4) with 20 points. Owen King scored 13 points, shooting 5 of 6 from the floor.

South Dakota State outrebounded Nevada 41-37, but the Jackrabbits committed 15 turnovers to the Wolf Pack's 6.

Nevada lived from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting 22 of its first 28 shots from deep. Sixty percent of Nevada's total shots Saturday came from 3-point range.

Mike Daum, the Jackrabbits' leading scorer this season (26.2 points per game), was held to five points and fouled out with 4:29 left.

BIG PICTURE

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits, of the Summit League, played toe-to-toe on the road against the seventh ranked team in the country.

Nevada: After nine flights and 5,875 miles on the road - 25 games since its last home game - Nevada stayed undefeated, grabbing the program's best record to start a season since it entered Division I in 1969-70.

UP NEXT

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits play at Eastern Washington on Tuesday.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack looks to stay undefeated next week at home against Akron.

From Nevada Athletics:

No. 7 Nevada improved to 11-0 after defeating South Dakota State (9-4) 72-68 tonight before 11,257 fans at Lawlor Events Center. The crowd is the 10th largest in school history.
Nevada hosts Akron (6-4) next Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. at LEC.
Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman (92-29) won his 92nd game at Nevada which moved him into sole possession of seventh on the Pack’s career victories list.
Musselman improved to 26-0 in non-conference home games, 48-5 overall at Lawlor Events Center and 53-14 overall in non-conference games.
The Pack’s 39 three-point attempts is a new school record. The old record of 38 occurred at Weber State on Feb. 3, 1989 and the team made 14.
The 72 points scored is a season low.
Nevada improved to 68-16 when ranked in the Associated Press top 25.
The Pack has won three of the four games played with the Jackrabbits.
The 11-0 start is the best in the Division I era for the Wolf Pack that began with the 1969-70 season. The overall best overall start was 14-0 by the 1951-52 Pack squad.
Nevada improved to 5-0 at home this season.
For the first time this season Nevada trailed at home at halftime, 40-33.
Caleb Martin posted his sixth 20-point game of the season and Jordan Caroline his fifth.
Jazz Johnson, the Pack’s third leading scorer at 12.6 points per game did not play after suffering concussion in the Grand Canyon and had not cleared concussion protocol.
Caroline scored a game-high 21 points and tied for game honors with nine rebounds. It is the seventh time he led the Pack in scoring and fifth time he posted a game high in points this year. It was his ninth time toping the team in rebounding and seventh time posting a game high this season. He has led the Pack in rebounds 48 times in his career and in scoring 23 times.
Trey Porter had nine rebounds to tie Caroline for game high honors. Porter reached double figures of the third time this season scoring 12 points.
Caleb Martin and Caroline have scored in double figures in every game this season.
Nevada had four players score in double figures; Caroline (21), Caleb Martin (20), Cody Martin (12) and Porter (12).
Cody Martin (6) and Caleb Martin (5) combined for 11 assists and just two turnovers.