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Nevada pulls away from Boise State
by Dan Eckles
Jan 26, 2013 | 1978 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Nevada's junior point guard Deonte Burton eyes the hoop on this leaner during the Pack's home win over Boise State Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Nevada's junior point guard Deonte Burton eyes the hoop on this leaner during the Pack's home win over Boise State Saturday.
RENO -- Four Nevada players scored in double figures and the Wolf Pack picked up a much needed 75-59 Mountain West Conference victory over Boise State Saturday afternoon in men's basketball action.

The Wolf Pack turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 16-point victory thanks to a 48-point outburst in the second half. Nevada made 13 of 23 shots from the floor and 19 of 23 free throws after halftime to pull away from the visiting Broncos.

"We got a lot of stops," Nevada coach David Carter said, alluding to his team's second-half offensive efficiency. " When you get that, then you can run the break. We scored in transition. We got good shots in rhythm. I felt that was the key to getting 48 points in the second half."

Boise State led 41-40 after a Mikey Thompson runner in the lane with 14:50 showing on the second-half clock. Unfortunately for fans of the Blue and Orange, that's as good as it got.

Nevada ripped off 10 straight points over the next two minutes to forge ahead 50-41.

Boise State tried to hang around. Nevada's lead was only five, 61-56, following a 3-pointer by Broncos swingman Igor Hadziomerovic with 6:15 remaining on the game clock.

The Wolf Pack put the game away from there. Nevada strung together a 12-0 burst that kick started a 14-3 Wolf Pack run to conclude the contest.

Deonte Burton paced the Pack offense with 17 points, while Malik story added 16. Jerry Evans and Devonte Elliott chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively to the winning effort.

"I felt like we played a good game," Story said. "We played all 40 minutes. We talked on defense. Everybody contributed. We just played an entire game."

Boise State got up 13 more shots than Nevada but it mattered little. The Broncos finished the game shooting 22-of-61 (36 percent) while Nevada was 23-48 (48 percent).

The BSU crew is fourth in the country in 3-point accuracy this season. That kind of deadly shooting helped Boise State upset nationally ranked Creighton on the road and nearly steal another win at Michigan State. However, the Broncos struggled to a 4-of-21 3-point shooting performance in Saturday's loss in Reno.

"Our emphasis was to guard the ball," Nevada coach David Carter said. "If we guard 1-on-1, then we don't have to help off shooters. That's the key. We wanted to stay home. I felt like we contested shots. We were there on the catch so we made guys drivers. I'd rather give up a layup than a three, especially to a 3-point shooting team. They get a lot of their threes from penetration and kickouts. So we had to guard the ball."

Broncos forward Anthony Drmic finished with 23 points to lead all scorers. Boise State also got 11 points apiece from Thompson and Derrick Marks.

Nevada controlled most of the first half but still went to the locker room at halftime facing a 28-27 deficit.

A pull-up jumper by Malik Story gave Nevada a 22-13 lead with 8:05 remaining before the break. Boise State outscored Nevada 15-5 into halftime to account for its one-point lead at the game's midway point.

The Wolf Pack (11-8, 2-3 MWC) got off to a good start, scoring the first seven points of the afternoon affair and holding Boise State (14-5, 2-3) scoreless for the first four-plus minutes of the game.

"There was a sense of urgency for us today," Burton said. "We defended our home. We can't take any more losses here."

A 3-pointer by Jerry Evans gave Nevada a 10-point lead, 20-10, at the 9:33 mark of the first half. It was the Pack's biggest lead until the final five minutes of the game.

Next up on Nevada's schedule is a road game against in-state rival UNLV Tuesday.

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