Despite career nights from Coby Karl and Kurt Cunningham, Nevada sneaked in and stole an 82-79 win last night over Boise State in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos grabbed the lead with 8:05 to play in the first half, built it up to as much as 13 points and did not relinquish it until a 3-pointer by Nevada's Nick Fazekas with 2:11 to play. The game was a see-saw affair down the stretch when Kyle Shiloh hit another Wolf Pack 3-pointer to make it 81-79.
Karl was phenomenal offensively for Boise State, pouring in 32 points on 12 of 20 shooting. Karl was 3 of 7 from 3-point range, hit 5 of 8 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and also had two blocked shots. Freshman Cunningham emerged onto the scene in a big way against a very good opponent. Cunningham saw extensive action for the first time in his Boise State career and responded with 12 points. He was aggressive offensively and defensively, grabbed key rebounds and played with the confidence of an upperclassman.
Tez Banks also had one of his better nights with 12 points on 6 of 6 shooting and 3 key offensive rebounds that gave the Bronco offense numerous chances. Tyler Tiedeman dished out a career high eight assists for Coach Greg Graham's club and Eric Lane added another five assists.
Boise State was red-hot from the floor, connecting on 58.5% of their shots (31-53) and held Nevada to 44.6% shooting.
But it wasn't enough against the talented Wolf Pack. In addition to all of the aforementioned positives, Boise State committed 23 turnovers and against the defending Western Athletic Conference champions and a team that was ranked 17th in the nation earlier this year, that's usually not going to result in a win. The 23 turnovers were 13 more than Nevada had. The Pack also was given 13 more free throw attempts than the Broncos, hitting 25 of 31 to just 11 free throws for Boise State. Coach Graham's club fell to an even 9-9 overall and 4-3 in the WAC with the loss. Nevada avoided a tie with the Broncos in the WAC and improved to 4-3 in conference and 14-5 overall.
Nick Fazekas led the Wolf Pack with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyle Shiloh added 20 points.
Boise State travels north for a game with Idaho Saturday night.
Top 3 Players:
1. Coby Karl
2. Curt Cunningham
3. Tyler Tiedeman
Bronco MVP Season Standings:
1. Coby Karl 42
2. Eric Lane 16
3. Matt Bauscher 11
4. Seth Robinson 10
4. Tyler Tiedeman 10
+. Kenny Wilson 6
7. Kareem Lloyd 5
7. Tez Banks 5
9. Kurt Cunningham 3