Bronco Defense Shuts Down Nevada 77-68

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.

Senior standout forwards Reggie Larry and Matt  Nelson combined for 39 points and Matt Bauscher had career-best 10 rebounds as Boise State downed Nevada 77-68 tonight in Taco Bell Arena.

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 Boise State 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 9:33 left.  Larry and Nelson each hit two free throws and a Nelson basket put Boise State up by 11 once again with eight minutes left.

Coach Greg Graham's team jumped on the Pack for an 11-0 lead early and never trailed to record Boise State'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 list.

Boise   The Broncos host Cal State-Bakersfield Wednesday night before taking on Siena Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena in ESPN's annual Bracket Buster game.

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