After ten days in between games, the Nevada men’s basketball team fell to Boise State 85-70 in the Wolf Pack’s second Mountain West game of the season.
The Wolf Pack kept it close with the Broncos for nearly the first ten minutes of the first half after a jumper by Desmond Cambridge Jr. would cut Nevada’s deficit to three making it 18-15, but Boise State would pull away, going on a 14-2 run over the next three and a half minutes, and take a 41-27 lead at halftime.
The Wolf Pack went on a 7-0 run to open the second half, making it a 41-34 game, but Boise State would extend their lead after some big shots by Marcus Shaver Jr. and Emmanuel Akot as the Broncos would take a 70-49 lead with less than eight minutes left in the game, and go on to win 85-70, winning their first game at Lawlor Events Center since Jan. 2016.
Despite limited prep time for both teams after both were on pause due to COVID-19 issues, Boise State proved to be the better team on Wednesday. Shaver would finish with a career-high 26 points, followed by Akot's 23 points for the Broncos, shooting 50% from the field, 34.6% from beyond the arc and 64% from the free throw line. The Wolf Pack finished 40.7% from the field, 33.3% from deep and 76.9% from the free throw line.
Grant Sherfield led Nevada with 26 points, followed by starters Desmond Cambridge Jr with 14 and Warren Washington with 11. The Wolf Pack’s bench would account for just five points, including three from Tre Coleman.
Nevada hits the road for a game at Air Force on Jan. 15 before returning to Lawlor Events Center to host Wyoming on Jan. 17. Tip off against the Falcons is set for 2 p.m. pacific time in Colorado Springs.