Boise State unveiled an aggressive defense to stop Nevada 77-68 last night in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos also used clutch free-throw shooting to hold off the Pack down the stretch and remain tied for second place in the WAC.
forwards Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson combined for 39 points and Matt Bauscher
had career-best 10 rebounds as BoiseState downed Nevada 77-68 tonight in Taco Bell
Larry not only paced
the Broncos in scoring with 20 but was a perfect eight-for-eight from the
free-throw line.Larry's clutch
free-throw shooting enabled BoiseState to hold off a furious comeback
by Nevada.Nevada trailed at halftime 42-30 and
as much as 15 in the second half before making their run.
Marcelus Kemp poured in
17 of his 22 points in the second half as the Wolf Pack cut the Bronco lead to
58-53 with left.Larry and
Nelson each hit two free throws and a Nelson basket put BoiseState up by 11 once again with eight
Coach Greg Graham's
team jumped on the Pack for an 11-0 lead early and never trailed to record BoiseState's first sweep over Nevada in nine years.The Broncos remained tied for second in the
Western Athletic Conference with a 9-3 mark and advanced to 18-6 overall.
Brandon Fields followed
Kemp in scoring for Nevada with 12 while Armon Johnson had
11.Starting forward Demarshay Johnson
suffered an ankle sprain early and finished with just two points.Nevada is 8-4 and in fourth place in
the WAC with a 16-9 overall mark.
Larry blocked another
shot to give him 67 for his two-year career, just two shy of Jeff Kelley's
total from 1983-87 which ranks seventh in school history.Larry and Nelson have 814 points between them
this season, which is now 15 points away from 25th all-time, a spot
held by Coby Karl and Eric Lane in the 2005-06 season.The trio of
Larry, Nelson and Tyler Tiedeman (who scored eight last night) now has 1,166
points on the year.That's good for 17th
place all-time, one point better than Tanoka Beard, Jermaine Halliburton and
Billy Fikes' total in the 1991-92 season.Tiedeman's three-pointer last night gives him
63 this year and ties him with Bronco great Gerry Washington for ninth on the single season
BoiseThe Broncos host Cal State-Bakersfield Wednesday night before taking on Siena Saturday night in Taco Bell
Arena in ESPN's annual Bracket Buster game.