Pack loses semi-final Mountain West tourney game

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team dug out of an 11-point hole against San Diego State University to take the lead in the Mountain West semi-final game, but cold shooting doomed the team down the stretch in the second half.

The Wolf Pack now waits to see if it will be selected Sunday for the NCAA tournament and where it will play after being knocked out of the tournament.

San Diego State won at the Thomas and Mack Center.in Las Vegas 65-56.

The Wolf Pack played without Jordan Caroline, who did not suit up for the game due to a sore Achilles tendon.

San Diego State took a five-point lead into the half, 34-29. For the Wolf Pack. Caleb Martin had two fouls in the first 90 seconds and did not return to the game until there was 3:11 left in the first half.

The Wolf Pack took a lead in the first half and was able to keep it until a monster jam by an Aztec player tied it at 24. San Diego State increased the lead to five points at 32-27 with 3:44 to go in the first half.

Both teams then went cold, with the Pack missing lay-ins and clanging three pointers. The Aztecs missed nine straight shots at one point. Trey Porter was called for a flagrant foul and left the game while bleeding from a temple. The Aztecs missed both shots at the free throw line.

Cody Martin led all scorers in the first half with 14 points.

San Diego State opened the second half with two three-pointers to take a 40-29 lead, prompting Wolf Pack Coach Eric Musselman to take a time out.

Trey Porter missed a dunk after the time out. Jazz Johnson then scored five points for the Pack to cut the lead to 42-36.

Caleb Martin got a dunk to cut the gap to one and then the Wolf Pack took the lead 47-46 with a Cody Martin layup with 10:02 to go in the game.

The game was tied at 51 with 5:07 to go. The Aztecs took a two-point lead at 3:50 to go.

Cody Martin led the Wolf Pack in scoring with 18 points. Tre'Shawn Thurman had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Porter had 8 points and 10 rebounds.