Nevada overcomes early 15-point hole to beat Boise State in MW Tournament

Caleb Martin
Caleb Martin drives the ball against Boise State during their Mountain West Tournament game Thursday. (Julian Del Gaudio/Nevada Sports Net)

The Nevada basketball team spotted Boise State a 15-point lead in their Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal game at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday, but the Wolf Pack was still able to storm into the semifinals.

Jazz Johnson scored 20 points, Caleb Martin 19 points and Tre'Shawn Thurman 17 to lead top-seeded Nevada to a 77-69 win over eighth-seeded Boise State. Nevada will face the winner of the UNLV-San Diego State game Friday at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

The Wolf Pack got off to a slow start, trailing 27-12 in the early-going before cutting the deficit to 34-29 at halftime.

The Broncos made their first four 3-pointers and shot 48.1 percent in the first half to Nevada's 35.7 percent. But the Wolf Pack started the second half on a 5-0 run to even the game at 18:59 before taking its first lead of the game on a Caleb Martin 3-pointer with 18:27 left in the half. That was part of a 10-0 run the spanned both halves, and Nevada eventually pushed ahead for good.

With the game tied late, Cody Martin hit a jumper with 3:37 remaining to give Nevada a 64-62 lead. The Wolf Pack never trailed again, with Cody Martin hitting an off-balance 20-footer with 1:17 remaining that was the dagger, giving the Wolf Pack a 71-65 lead. Martin finished with 10 points, nine assists and five rebounds.

Nevada shot 48.1 percent from the field, including 9-of-23 3-pointers. Johnson made 5-of-7 threes. Boise State shot 45.5 percent, including 8-of-17 3-pointers. Derrick Alston led the Broncos with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Justinian Jessup added 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Nevada held a 33-25 edge on the backboard.

Nevada improved to 29-3, trying the program record for wins in a season, set in 2006-07 and matched in 2017-18.

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